Recipes & Tasting Notes

We’re a passionate bunch at Monteiths with a real flavour for freshly prepared, locally sourced food alongside great cocktails. Our team have curated a selection of great food & drinks recipes for you to try at home. Hopefully these give you a taste of what we’re all about.

FIG & QUINCE OLD FASHIONED

We recently hosted a dinner for a group of French visitors who were keen to enjoy a bespoke after dinner cocktail using whisky from one of our favourite Hebridean distilleries. Bruichladdich was the liquid to be used and our brief was to create a warming, wintry digestif which would appeal to all palates and showcase the flavour profile of the spirit. 

We decided to use both Bruichladdich’s unpeated ‘Classic Laddie’ alongside the heavily heated ‘Port Charlotte’ to ensure we represented the peaty flavour often associated with Islay without allowing those notes to dominate the drink. These were paired with fix liqueur, quince syrup and Whisky Barrel bitters to create a drink that featured subtle notes of dried fruit, peat and cinnamon. The sweet, earthy flavours of fig and quince work in ‘hebridean harmony’ with the whisky, while also adding an appealing blush tint to the drink. The cocktail was garnished with a caramelised demerara fig quarter for aroma and a warming fruity crunch on the palate.

If you’d like to try this Fiq & Quince Old Fashioned at home then please use the recipe below. If you’ve not been acquainted with the fantastic range of Bruichladdich tasting notes then visit us for a taste at the bar….

RECIPE 

glass: rocks

garnish: caramalised demerara fig quarter

25ml Bruichladdich Classic Laddie malt

12.5ml Bruichladdich Port Charlotte malt

12.5ml fig liqueur

10ml quince syrup

3 dots Fee Brothers Whisky Barrel bitters

method: stir all ingredients over hand carved ice block in glass to chill and dilute

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