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Partners in Crime: Coffee and Whiskey Pairings

coffee and whiskey pairings

Coffee is also known as Joe or java. It’s a drink prepared from the ground and roasted coffee beans. Making a strong coffee and whiskey pairing requires care, thought, and deliberation.

It’s a pairing rather than a cocktail. Whiskey is a spirit that has been distilled from malted grain such as corn, rye or barley. It’s also known as the water of life.

A pairing is not a coffee cocktail, a cocktail is an alcoholic drink made by mixing more than one spirit together with things such as lemonade, cream or flavored syrup while a pairing is a match due to placing two distinct things together. The strongest coffee and whiskey pairing will be useful to one’s health due to the antioxidants contained in coffee and whiskey. For instance, the antioxidants help in reducing cancer radicals.

In this article, we will look at some of the common coffee and whiskey pairings.


Various whiskey and coffee pairings


Bulleit Whiskey and Strong Black Coffee

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Bulleit bourbon whiskey is manufactured in Kentucky. It’s produced at Kirin Brewing Company Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. It’s for the Diageo beverage conglomerate. It has high rye content.

It’s at least six years old and has a diverse flavor. It has a full, deep and terrific taste of whiskey. It contains 28% rye, 4% malted barley and 68% corn. It has an alcohol content of 45%.

To make an Irish coffee with a southern American twist add  Bulleit, coffee liqueur, heavy cream, hot coffee, and ice. Shake using ice and strain in a martini glass. Use chocolate for garnishing and sprinkle using ground pistachio.


Balvenie and Vanilla Latte Coffee


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Balvenie is a fourteen-year-old scotch. The distillery is located in Dufftown, Scotland. It’s manufactured by William Grant and Sons. The whiskey has vanilla notes and sweet with honey.

It has a butter, brown sugar and nutmeg containing shortbread, Muscat grapes, and golden syrup aroma. The taste has a toffee popcorn and caramel touch. It has a stewed apples, spiced and golden syrup toast finish.



Glendronach and Strong Espresso


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Espresso is a type of black highly caffeinated coffee prepared after forcing hot water steam through ground roasted java beans. It is made from strong black java.

It is of Italian origin.  Glendronach is a single malt whiskey that was founded by James Allardice in the year 1826. It has 43% alcohol.  It originates from Scotland.

It has a rich spicy and sweet aroma containing sugared limes and lemons. It also has honey, caramel and smith apples. The taste has an apple, the sweetness of toffee, a rich dark fruit background, and a vanilla hint.

Nikka Coffey Grain and Chai Latte


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Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey contains 45% alcohol content. It has a golden-amber appearance and corn, vanilla, chamomile, spice, and herbals aroma.  The flavor is grapefruit, melon, thick syrup and fresh vanilla. It is loved for its burnt caramel, syrup flavor notes, pepper, and fresh vanilla.

It is distilled at Nikka distillery in Japan. Chai latte is made from steamed milk and spiced black tea. Ninety-five milligrams of caffeine are contained in sixteen ounces chai latte while seventy milligrams of caffeine is contained in a twelve-ounce latte. A chai latte is naturally sweetened and dairy-free.

Four Roses Bourbon and Strong Macchiato

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Four Roses Bourbon has 40% alcohol content.  It is made in Kentucky and the brand is owned by Kirin Brewery Company, Japan.

A macchiato has alternating layers of espresso and milk with top foam. It is also known as an espresso macchiato or a Caffe macchiato. A macchiato has an aromatic taste.


Dalmore Cigar Malt and Cappuccino

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Dalmore Cigar Malt contains a 44% alcohol. It originates from Scot highlands. It has a creamy, malty and rich aroma.

It contains mint chocolate and toffee. It is lively and fresh.  It has a sweet and round taste. It has a fruity, sensuous and lingering finish.

Cappuccino is an espresso drink containing; third steamed milk, third wet foamed milk and third espresso that originates from Italy. It has a rich flavor and texture.  It is simply a strong java. Cappuccino contains caffeine which acts as a central nervous system stimulant.

Glenrothes Vintage Reserve and Macchiato

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Glenrothes vintage reserve has a creamy texture containing notes of nuts and red fruits. It originates from Scotland.

It appears brassy-gold. It has mature citrus and honeycomb with characteristic red fruits. The taste has a creamy texture with red berry fruits dominating the nebulous nuttiness.

The drink has honeyed vanilla and mild citrus finish. The finish gives a faint reminder of the first fill sherry casks. A Glenrothes Vintage Reserve whiskey and macchiato pairing have numerous health benefits as it contains coffee and whiskey that are rich in antioxidants.


Whiskey is beneficial for health based on research. Whiskey aids in weight loss as a single serving has a calorie level below a hundred and no fat.  A serving of whiskey settles the nerves and calms the brain by slowing brain activity.

A pairing of whiskey with coffee will calm the brain as coffee contains high caffeine content which acts as a central nervous system stimulant.  Whiskey also controls diabetes as it contains ellagic acid that controls amounts of glucose released from the liver ensuring right blood sugar level. Whiskey is sugar-free too.

Coffee, on the other hand, lowers the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.  Whiskey is important for preventing heart diseases. The antioxidants in whiskey aid in preventing coronary heart disease. On the other hand, coffee prevents arterial from damaged due to inflammation.

Thus, a coffee and whiskey pairing is really beneficial for the health. Both whiskey and coffee contain antioxidants that are important in preventing cancer.

Whiskey combats and prevents free cancer-causing radicals from forming. Single malt is the best in cancer prevention. The antioxidants assist the brain in retaining information and boost the immune system. Nevertheless, a coffee and whiskey pairing will not only be tasty but healthy as well.


Interested in more Coffee and Whiskey Pairings? Check out these articles:


The Whisky Foundation guide to: pairing whisky and coffee

Pairings Archives - Whisky Advocate

The Best Whiskey to Put in Your Coffee | MyRecipes

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