Inspiring You

Get inspired with presenting a masterfully paired cheeseboard. Indulge and share!

Tips for a terrific cheese board!

  • 3 or 4 cheeses is ideal.
  • look to get a mixture of cheeses in terms of type, texture and colour and use manageable pieces of cheese rather than huge chunks.
  • Get the cheeses out of the fridge and onto the cheeseboard at least an hour in advance of serving so that they get up to room temperature (cover the cheeses either with a clean tea towel or a cheese dome).
  • Use a different knife for each type of cheese so that one cheese doesn't contaminate another.
  • Encourage your guests to cut the cheese in such a way that it leaves it looking roughly the same shape as when they started - so no cutting the nose of a Brie or any other triangular shape of cheese.
  • Choose a hard cheese, a soft white mould cheese, a blue cheese and maybe a goats cheese or a blended cheese or a locally produced cheese that your guests may not have tried before.

Whisky pairings

Rich and Spicy

Rich & Spicy

To be paired with a Rich, Spicy Malt Whisky

  • Cheddar – either Smoked or Extra Mature
  • Stilton
  • Red Leicester
  • Red grapes
  • Quince
  • Walnuts
  • Selection of plain crackers and bread sticks
Cheeky Meat

Cheeky Meat

To be paired with a Blended Scotch

  • Goat’s cheese
  • Yarg – go for flavoured if you’re feeling brave! (e.g. onion and chive)
  • Double Gloucester
  • Buttery Cheddar
  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Olives – green, black or stuffed
  • Selection of plain crackers and bread sticks

Port pairings

Classic Vintage

Classic Vintage

To be paired with a Vintage Port

  • Extra mature cheddar
  • Blue cheese
  • Red Leicester
  • Dried apricots
  • Walnuts
  • Grapes
  • Pear or apple, sliced
The Cheese Jam

The Cheese Jam

To be paired with a Tawny Port

  • Vintage Cheddar
  • Goat’s Cheese
  • Double Gloucester
  • Cheshire Cheese
  • Sweet chilli jam
  • Salami
  • Olives – green, black or stuffed
  • Almonds

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