Speyside is known worldwide for its excellent whisky, but what if this Scottish region could also become a must-visit place for foodies? This is exactly what The Macallan Estate is trying to achieve with their five-star Elchies Brasserie , which focuses on local ingredients.
Focus on local raw materials
"Scotland produces some of the world's best lamb, lobster and shellfish," says Stuart Cassells, general manager of The Macallan Estate. With this wealth of local produce, Elchies Brasserie is on a mission to raise Speyside's status as a culinary destination, just as the region is famous for its whisky.
Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival
This spring, The Macallan Estate hosted a whiskey pairing dinner as part of the region's annual Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival. The dinner was created by head chef Pawel Sowa, who put together a menu that enhanced the flavors of haggis ravioli, peas, mint and goat ham with a tasting of Macallan Sherry Oak 12 years old .
Dessert and Whiskey in Perfect Harmony
As a perfect end to the meal, a dessert of rhubarb semifreddo, pistachio cream and whiskey madeleines was paired with a Macallan Triple Cask 12 years old . Sowa chose this whiskey for its notes of lemon citrus, vanilla, lightly toasted oak and nutmeg, which complemented the dessert's complex flavor profile.
The Macallan Estate is not only a paradise for whiskey lovers, but also an emerging center of culinary excellence. With a five-star dining experience that highlights local Scottish produce and is paired with some of the finest whiskies, Elchies Brasserie is putting Speyside on the map as a must-visit culinary destination.