When pairing high end Chinese cuisine, one doesn’t immediately think of whisky but perhaps it’s time to rethink. At Hong Kong’s Michelin starred Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant, a whisky flight has been created and thoughtfully paired with three decadent bites. The journey takes guests through three unique and distinctive whiskies; from the rare Johnnie Walker Blue Label, rich and flavourful Mortlach and the peated, smoky Talisker.
To begin, the unrivalled Johnnie Walker Blue Label sets the tone with its exquisite blend of Scotland’s rarest whiskies. Of all the casks of whisky produced, only 1 out of every 10,000 hold the precise quality, character and flavour that goes towards Johnnie Walker’s signature Blue Label taste. An exceptional pairing puts it together with the first bite; a richly flavoured and marinated slice of foie gras with Chinese herbs and chilled lobster. It’s an indulgent dish that conveys the flavours of both East and West and was also iconically served at the Rougie Party in Singapore’s Capella Hotel.
Thereafter, the journey takes us to a resilient 12 year old Mortlach Single Malt Whisky. Mortlach uses a unique 2.81 times distillation technique which has remained unchanged since it was invented in 1896 by the distiller’s son Dr Alexander Cowie. Known for its rich body and meaty flavour, the Mortlach 12 year old is aptly paired with smoked Spanish Iberian pork belly, which is smoked with Chinese tea leaves before it is pan-fried for crispiness. The whisky’s aroma is amplified by the meat, while its complex flavours continue to develop and linger on the palate.
The journey finishes with the oldest Single Malt Scotch Whisky made on the seashores of the Isle of Skye, Talisker. Loved for its maritime character, you can almost smell the sea breeze in this whisky. The Talisker 10 Year Old’s salty profile is the perfect partner for fresh French oysters and brings out the brininess of the seafood. A combination that is sure to please both seafood lovers and whisky enthusiasts.
Available now until 31 March 2020 (subject to availability) for HK$298 + 10%