Prepare for a π Day escapade, uniting whiskey aficionados and dessert connoisseurs! We are unveiling 3.1415 – hold on, make that 14 – scrumptious pairings of pies and American whiskey that’ll make you swoon (and rest assured, they’re definitely over 3.14159% ABV!). Savor the delectable synergy of pies and spirits as we raise a glass to π, the numerical wonder igniting these gastronomical delights.
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Happy Pi Day, please enjoy responsibly, and now please pass some pie and whiskey…
1. Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon & Blackberry Galette: Rustic Charm Meets Sophisticated Spirit
A union of Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon and a blackberry galette. If you didn’t spend $200 for the bottle of Blanton’s, or even if you did, go ahead and use some in making the galette too!
What is a galette? It is a freeform, open-faced pastry filled with fruit. Blanton’s, with its rich notes of vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate, pairs beautifully with the rustic dessert featuring juicy blackberries and a flaky crust. The bourbon’s smooth texture complements the galette, creating a harmonious and captivating Pi Day experience that balances sophistication and simplicity.
2. Peerless Bourbon Whiskey and Apple Pie.
Peerless, hailing from Louisville Kentucky, produces a rich and smooth bourbon with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and a subtle hint of salted caramel, adding depth and complexity to the whiskey.
The bourbon’s sweetness and salted caramel undertones harmonize beautifully with the pie’s spiced filling, while the oak flavors enhance the buttery crust. This cozy, nostalgic duo with a contemporary touch is perfect for Pi Day and showcases the best of American craftsmanship and culinary tradition.
3. Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Bourbon & Cherry Pie: A Scrumptious, Refined Pairing
Experience the delightful union of Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Bourbon and cherry pie, a sophisticated and scrumptious Pi Day pairing.
The smooth, well-aged bourbon boasts toffee and oak notes, while the cherry pie offers tart fruitiness and a buttery crust.
When I savored this pairing, the rich bourbon flavors perfectly complemented the pie’s vibrant cherries, creating a harmonious, delectable experience that left a lasting impression.
4. Savage & Cooke’s Burning Chair Bourbon Whiskey & Pecan Pie: A Bold Fusion of Southern Classic and Winemaking Craft
Indulge in the perfect Pi Day pairing: Pecan pie, a Southern classic, and Savage & Cooke Burning Chair Bourbon from California, a complex spirit finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
This innovative combination brings together gooey pecan sweetness and bold bourbon flavors, accentuated by wine-inspired fruit notes from the barrel finishing. The result is a powerful fusion of classic dessert and winemaking expertise, elevating the pecan pie experience to new heights. Savor this unique pairing that honors traditional Southern flavors while showcasing the artistry of modern spirit-making for a truly memorable and delicious Pi Day celebration.
5. Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon Whiskey and Key Lime Pie: Savor the Coast!
To take this to the next level, let’s delve into a tropical pairing. A bourbon that undergoes a unique aging process at sea, offers a distinct flavor profile with briny and caramel notes, owing to the exposure to salty sea air and constant motion during the voyage.
When paired with tangy key lime pie, the flavors, and textures meld together perfectly, with the maritime influence of the whiskey enhancing the bright, citrusy flavors of the pie. The sweet, buttery graham cracker crust of the pie also complements the rich caramel notes in the bourbon, creating a delectable balance of sweet and sour flavors.
6. Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky and Buttermilk Pie: Southern Hospitality at its Finest
This classic pairing unites warm spices, tangy buttermilk, and smooth, rich bourbon. Maker’s Mark’s unique use of winter wheat in their recipe lends a softer, more delicate flavor profile, making it a versatile choice for food pairings like our delightful buttermilk pie. And yes, it is spelled “whisky” for this Bourbon with a nod of the hat to the family’s Scottish heritage.
The pie’s sweet filling harmonizes with the bourbon’s caramel and vanilla notes, while the oak and char flavors provide a counterbalance to the tangy sweetness. Embrace this delightful combination that showcases the importance of winter wheat and the art of Southern hospitality.
Whether enjoyed after a meal or as a cozy nightcap, this refined and scrumptious combination offers a luxurious and indulgent experience
7. High West Campfire Whiskey and S’mores Pie: Campfire Memories
Savor the unique fusion of High West Campfire Whiskey and S’mores Pie, merging smoky whiskey, rich chocolate, and toasted marshmallows. High West Campfire Whiskey a, masterfully blended with bourbon, rye, and Scotch, showcases notes of honey, vanilla, and campfire smoke that complement the dessert’s sweetness.
The whiskey’s distinct composition pays tribute to American and Scottish traditions while introducing a smoky essence reminiscent of a roaring campfire. This indulgent pairing evokes memories of campfires and late-night treats, perfect for any occasion. Embrace the remarkable interplay of flavors and let it transport you back to cherished moments.
8. Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky & Sumptuous Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut cream pie, a smooth, coconut-infused delight crowned with billowy whipped cream, has captured American hearts since the late 19th century. This timeframe coincides with the era when Old Forester Old Fine Whiskey first graced the scene.
Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky (part of the Whiskey Row Series at 93 proof), is double-oaked bourbon boasting unparalleled finesse, imparts luscious, chocolatey nuances that impeccably accentuate the coconut cream pie’s tropical essence.
The whisky’s silky, buttery essence harmonizes exquisitely with the pie’s decadent filling and golden, crisp crust, while its deep chocolate undertones enhance and balance the vibrant, tropical coconut flavors. This enchanting pairing delivers an extraordinary and memorable Pi Day indulgence.
9. Breckenridge PX Sherry Bourbon & Luxurious Dark Chocolate Torte: An Unforgettable Epicurean Encounter
Dark chocolate torte, a rich, velvety dessert composed of intense chocolate layers, is a classic indulgence cherished by connoisseurs. Breckenridge PX Sherry Bourbon, an exquisite bourbon meticulously finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, imparts delectable dried fruit and nutty undertones that impeccably complement the dark chocolate torte’s intense cocoa profile.
The bourbon’s sophisticated, sweet sherry finish intertwines flawlessly with the torte’s dense, fudgy texture and bittersweet chocolate flavors, while the bourbon’s hints of caramel and vanilla elevate and harmonize with the dessert’s sumptuous richness. This captivating pairing presents a truly remarkable and unforgettable epicurean experience.
10. Blue Run Emerald Rye Whiskey & Peach Frangipane Tart: Spiced Elegance
The sophisticated Blue Run Emerald Rye, with its complex profile, pairs beautifully with a peach frangipane tart, a delicate dessert featuring buttery pastry and almond-infused frangipane.
The intricate interplay of flavors creates a symphony of taste sensations. The rye whiskey’s indulgent notes of butterscotch, caramel, and spicy peppers meld seamlessly with the tart’s rich flavors. The frangipane adds depth and subtle nuttiness, enhancing the whiskey’s character.
This exquisite pairing showcases the spiced elegance of Emerald Rye and the refined flavors of the tart, offering a memorable and harmonious Pi Day experience.
11. King’s County Peated Bourbon & Lemon Lavender Tart: A Spring-Inspired Fusion of Smoky and Floral Flavors
Embrace the flavors of spring with the refreshing pairing of King’s County Peated Bourbon and a lemon lavender tart. King’s County Peated Bourbon, known for its distinctive smoky flavor imparted by peat-smoked malted barley, offers a unique and complex profile with hints of caramel, honey, and a touch of spice. The barley is sourced from the UK and other grain in the Bourbon comes from New York.
The lemon lavender tart captures the essence of spring with its bright, tangy lemon curd filling and the delicate, floral notes of lavender infused in the tart’s crust. The zesty lemon flavor cuts through the bourbon’s smokiness, creating a delightful contrast, while the subtle lavender aroma adds a touch of sophistication that complements the whiskey’s complex character.
This spring-inspired pairing combines the bold, smoky flavors of King’s County Peated Bourbon with the refreshing and fragrant elements of a lemon lavender tart, resulting in a delightful fusion that celebrates the season and offers a unique sensory experience for Pi Day.
12. Copper Fox Original American Single Malt Whisky & Shoofly Pie: A Distinctive East Coast Pairing
Experience an East Coast pairing that transcends time. Hailing from Virginia, Copper Fox Original American Single Malt Whisky boasts cherrywood and applewood-smoked malt, which imparts a symphony of flavors, including intricate notes of citrus, chocolate, caramel, and smoke. The shoofly pie, a cherished Pennsylvania Dutch creation, tempts the palate with its luscious molasses filling, encased in a buttery, golden crust.
The whiskey’s bright citrus nuances balance the pie’s rich sweetness, while its subtle vanilla undertones harmonize with the pie’s flaky crust. The smoked malted barley brings depth and complexity to the pairing, elevating the pie’s robust molasses flavors.
13. Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye & Blackberry Lavender Pie: Bold Meets Delicate
An alluring blend of Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey and blackberry lavender pie, a Pi Day pairing that unites bold and delicate flavors. The Maryland-produced whiskey features spicy rye, caramel, and dark fruit notes, with its high proof amplifying the taste.
The pie combines juicy blackberries and fragrant lavender in a flaky crust. The whiskey’s bold rye spice and caramel contrast with the fruity, floral pie, while the dark fruit undertones complement the blackberries.
The high proof intensifies the harmonious interplay, creating an unforgettable taste experience.
14. Buzzard’s Roost Toasted Barrel Rye & Southern Chess Pie: A Union of Sweet and Spice
Here is a captivating blend of Buzzard’s Roost Toasted Barrel Rye and Southern Chess Pie, a Pi Day pairing that harmonizes sweetness and spice. Buzzard’s Roost Toasted Barrel Rye presents a rich, sweet character with enticing notes of caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, and smoky oak. The smooth, creamy texture is contrasted by a sharp spiciness from the 95% rye mash bill.
Chess Pie, a classic Southern dessert, features a delectable, custard-like filling made from sugar, butter, eggs, and a touch of cornmeal or flour for added texture. The pie’s sweet and satisfying taste complements the whiskey’s complex profile.
The pairing creates a delightful gastronomic experience, as the pie’s rich filling melds with the whiskey’s creamy nature, and the buttery crust enhances the smoky oak notes. The rye’s spiciness offers a pleasing contrast to the pie’s sweetness, achieving a well-balanced and memorable flavor combination.