Is there a better pairing than whisky and music?

DJ Vic Galloway pairs his favourite music with Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies

6w ago

Back in my uni days, I had a food blog where I came up with an accompanying playlist I thought complemented the dish. Food, drink and music have always been incredibly important in my life, and the three often go hand-in-hand (a little easier to navigate than food, drink and cars anyway!).

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has teamed up with DJ Vic Galloway, who has paired some of his favourite music with SMWS whiskies.

Vic has been a radio presenter for more than 22 years, working on BBC Radio 1, BBC Scotland and BBC 6 Music. On top of that, he’s the author of two music books, and a musician – as well as a big whisky fan.

In a bid to heighten the experience of drinking the whisky, Vic has explored the relationship between the two worlds, and come up with his pick of perfect genres, and a playlist, to match each of the SMWS drams.

SMWS whiskies don’t name the distillery the whisky is from, as they’re single cask bottlings. Instead, they recommend you focus on the flavour, and navigate with their 12 stage colour-coded flavour profiling chart. They’re called things like ‘Spicy & Dry’ or ‘Oily & Coastal’.

Vic reckons the ‘Young & Spritely’ whisky goes perfectly with some Dream Pop, with its ‘effervescent and sweet, joyous and uplifting exuberance that seems utterly timeless and forever young’, while the ‘Sweet & Spicy’ whiskies pair with Indie Folk, and ‘Sweet, Fruity and Mellow’ with a bit of Doo Wop.

‘Spicy & Dry’ whiskies require a bit of Goth, ‘Deep, Rich and Dried Fruits’ sound better with Southern Soul, and ‘Old & Dignified’ drams need some West Coast Jazz.

For the ‘Light & Delicate’ whiskies, bring out the Singer-Songwriters, ‘Juicy, Oak & Vanilla’ benefit from some Roots Reggae, and ‘Oily & Coastal’ pair perfectly with Electronica & Post Rock.

Last but not least, ‘Lightly Peated’ whiskies need some Modern Psych, the ‘Peated’ whiskies benefit from Punk, and ‘Heavily Peated’ could only be Heavy Rock.

Vic said, “Music and whisky go together like, well, music and whisky! There’s nothing better than sitting back with like-minded friends and sharing experiences. And that is what The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is all about. Enjoy an SMWS dram and check out my music & whisky pairings online. It's been a lot of fun... and you might find a few surprises in there.”

Listen to all the playlists and find out more about SMWS. I'm definitely going to have to test some of these playlists out...!

What’s your favourite music and drink pairing?

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Comments (18)

  • From Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 to AC/DC's Dirty Deeds, a good dram of whisky is the perfect accompaniment, it seems.

      1 month ago
  • To answer your question.... No. Whiskey and music often go better together than whiskey and good food. My favorite time to drink is when I'm sitting alone on my porch by a fire while listening to music. 🥃🔥🍻🥂

      1 month ago
    • That sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend an evening! I love how everyone in the US seems to have a porch!

        1 month ago
  • But what's your whisky of choice

      1 month ago
    • That's a really mean question...! I have quite broad tastes really. I really love Islay whiskies generally/style wise, but if I had to pick just one whisky, my all time favourite is Longrow 18 year old.

        1 month ago
    • Good choice. Mine has to be Bushmills triple distilled

        1 month ago
  • What a fantastic idea, they do go together nicely! I'm more of a Bon Iver and tea kind of girl 😂

      1 month ago
    • You're always the most rock n roll of all of us here...!

        1 month ago
  • This is right up my street!

      1 month ago
    • It's cool isn't it?! Definitely going to have a listen through all the playlists (while drinking lots of whisky)!

        1 month ago