8 Scotches for Hanukkah
If you’re headed to a Hanukkah party this year, be sure to bring a bottle of Scotch. Because Scotland’s whisky contains so few ingredients—water and grain, along with some barrel influence—both single malts and blends are naturally kosher. One caveat: skip the Sherry cask and other fancy wine-barrel finishes, as different rules govern products created from grapes and wine. If you’re unsure whether your whisky is kosher, don’t worry. A growing number of brands seek out certification to appeal to their loyal fan base.
Here are eight top-rated bottlings for each night of Hanukkah, paired with recommended kosher dishes. L’chaim!
This blended Scotch offers mouthwatering butterscotch and juicy orange notes, balanced by oaky tannins, just what you need to cut through a sugar-laden fried treat.
Pair with: Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)
This elegant, yet aggressive single-malt whisky screams with smoke notes, followed by smooth vanilla tones on the finish.
Pair with: Slow-braised brisket
This special-occasion whisky has bold honey and caramel notes that evolve into leather, cocoa, coconut and ginger.
Pair with: Chocolate gelt (coins)
Lush and rich, this honeyed whisky is loaded with dense notes of creamy custard and tropical fruit, and a finish that prominently features baking spice.
Pair with: Baked apples
Peat lovers will enjoy this well-constructed classic, with its briny nose and smoky-sweet profile.
Pair with: Dairy dishes, particularly aged cheeses like a salty Roquefort.
A single-barrel aromatic Scotch that offers bright honey, pear and floral touches. It features creamy custard, banana and touches of cocoa on the palate before finishing on a baking-spice note.
Pair with: Bimuelos (fritters in honey, part of Sephardic traditions)
Relatively light and versatile, this blended Scotch offers pleasant notes of fresh apple and vanilla.
Pair with: Latkes (potato pancakes)
Ten years of aging results in a smooth, mellow Scotch with hints of honey-drizzled nuts and a light caramel on the finish.
Pair with: Dreidel-shaped cookies