I was so impressed with the food and atmosphere at Light Bistro when I stopped for lunch (check it out here) that couldn’t wait to go back. So I jumped at the chance for a three course meal each paired with a 10 year old, barrel finished Glenmorangie single malt scotch.
Everything was fantastic, but the icing on the cake? Joseph Deluca and his endless knowledge of not only scotch, but all alcohol, their histories and even fascinating stories of local production. We loved his motto, “Be willing to try something new, but always drink something you like.”
The first course was smoked salmon served with crispy potatoes and a blue cheese foam. I had never had smoked salmon before so I was very excited to try it. It had a wonderful smoky flavor and a very delicate texture; it nearly melted in your mouth. The scotch paired with this course was Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or which is aged is a Sauternes barrel. It had a underlying sweetness that made the spirit smooth and easy to drink.
Next up was the chipotle BBQ pork served over broccoli and red onion slaw. The pork was perfectly cooked and the chipotle BBQ sauce had a nice, mild heat. The slaw was delicious and the vinegary based cut through the sauce. This was paired with Glenmorangie Lasanta which is aged in a sherry barrel. I thought this one had more of a peppery note to it. While it wasn’t my favorite scotch of the evening, the bolder flavor was needed to stand up to the food and it did so very well.
We finished with dessert, though the scotch was a treat... Warm chocolate cake filled with chocolate sauce and served with crushed walnuts and grape syrup. This was paired with Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban which is aged in a port barrel. This was my favorite! It had the underlying sweetness that make it smooth, but it had the rich flavor you find in port.