This first salami and whiskey pairing is a delightful mix of smokey flavors. Cacciatore salami earned its reputation as a snack carried by hunters to keep up their strength. Its mild-yet-hearty flavor, powered by garlic and pepper, will sustain you while you enjoy a fine sipping bourbon, the two meet on your palate like velvet. Bourbon picks up a sweetness from the charred barrels it ages in, a quality echoed in the salami. But make no mistake: This is a salty, fatty, boozy adventure.
Notes of toasted fennel emanate as you bite from chunky nubs of this classic dried pork salami. Sip a little rye on the rocks alongside and you’ll detect an orange quality in the drink and it hits you that it goes perfectly with the fennel in the salami. The ice mellows the whiskey, encouraging the aromatic spice and citrusy florals to come through. The saltiness and the “eyes of fat” of this chewy salami offsets any bitterness in the booze making it one of our absolute favorite salami and whiskey pairing.
You can’t go wrong with salami and cheese, especially Italy’s darling, aged Parmesan. The nutty flavor greets the porky goodness like an old friend. Lop off a slice and try it with a lower-peated single malt. A little smoke, some creamy vanilla and a bright finish go brilliantly with this aged salami. Some friends are worth keeping around.