Whether it's a slice of mature cheddar or a taste of Somerset brie, the British Cheese Board has the perfect guide for some winning cheese and whisky pairings to enjoy over the festive period.
With over 700 varieties of named cheeses produced in the UK, and over 2,500 brands of whisky worldwide, the tasty combinations of cheese and whisky are endless.
Cheese and whisky are the perfect pair as the high level of alcohol in whisky cuts through the fat in cheese and allows for the flavours to be released. The undertones of grass, barrel fermented notes and salt are found in both whisky and cheese and complement each other well.
To celebrate the festive season, the British Cheese Board has a wealth of suggestions for the perfect cheese and whisky pairings.
Some top cheese and whisky pairings include:
Luisa Candido of the British Cheese Board, said: "We all know that cheese and wine are always an excellent match but not a lot of people know that cheese and whisky also make a perfect combination.
"Many whiskies work hand in hand with cheese and bring out an array of flavours. A small glass of water is also advised to bring out the sweetness of the whisky and enhance the taste of the cheese.
"Our guide includes suggestions for all whisky fans, from beginners to connoisseurs and confirmed risk-takers. We're looking forward to celebrating the festive season with some delicious British cheese and a tasty dram."
The British Cheese Board also has a popular beer and cheese pairings guide available from the British Cheese Board website.