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Monday, July 18, 2011

Scotch and Cheese? Try It at Quince

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM


We've had a lot of cheese and a lot of Scotch, but we've never thought to try them together.

That's because we lack the imagination of Quince general manager Katrina Parlato, who is running a bar special this week: a Scotch and cheese pairing flight.

It's not cheap, at $36. But these are not cheap Scotches: three of the four retail between $65 and $70 at K&L Wine Merchant. The Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or ($66) is a personal favorite that's aged in used Sauternes barrels. Its gentle sweetness on the finish makes it seem cheese-friendly, but we just don't know about the others. Gotta say, though, the idea is intriguing.

Here's the lineup:

Pecorino Gregoriano from Abruzzo, Italy with Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or

Abbaye de Tamie from Savoie, France with Auchentoshan 3 Wood

Cusie in foglie di tobacco from Piedmont, Italy with Bowmore Darkest 15 Year

Dunbarton Blue from Wisconsin with Balvenie DoubleWood

The flights are only available in Quince's bar and lounge. We don't recommend it as an appetizer; you'll be schnockered and sort of full. It's actually perfect after dinner, so the hacker way to do this would be to dine cheaply in nearby Chinatown, perhaps at Yuet Lee, and then sample this posh nosh.

The deal runs only through Saturday, July 23. Quince is planning subsequent cheese pairings with rum and with Bourbon. Move over wine -- you were never really that good with cheese anyway.

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