Best Whiskey with Steak

While red wine with steak is probably the most well-known pairing, other beverages like whiskey can be a great combo. Discover the best options from the experts at Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits and make the juicy steak you just cooked up even more delicious.

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Pairing Whiskey & Steak

When trying to match the right whiskey to the right cut of meat, consider the fat content of the steak, the method of preparation, and any sauces or accompaniments you have planned.

Many whiskeys can hold up to the big, beefy flavor of a piece of red meat, including bourbon or rye. Scotch also works well, particularly with grilled steak, because its smoky notes mimic the flavor of the grill. Whatever you decide, enjoy your whiskey neat, on the rocks, or in a simple cocktail that won’t overpower the meat. Our suggestions include:

Ribeye: A well-marbled ribeye steak needs something robust to cut through the fat, and a richly peated Islay Scotch will fit the bill. We highly recommend the combination of rich malt and big smoke of Ardbeg Uigeadail or Lagavulin 16.

Filet/Sirloin: If you are dining on a leaner steak, such as filet or sirloin, the best options include bourbon or Canadian whisky to complement the deeply savory meat and lower fat content. And a spicy rye can serve a similar role as peppercorn sauce. The combination of a Porterhouse or bacon-wrapped filet with Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon is heavenly. Or try Crown Royal Reserve Canadian whiskey, which is mellow and balanced, yet complex with sharp, nutty top notes of rye.

Grilled steak: When firing up the grill, consider that whiskey with some sweetness will go beautifully with smoky flavors. Choose a New York strip steak, ribeye or filet (or any other prime cut) and then pair it with a rich, full-bodied Macallan Scotch, a sherried Scotch like Glenmorangie Lasanta, or even Swindlers Hand Crafted Colorado Light Whiskey.

These are some of the best whiskeys to pair with your steak, but the pleasure is in the hunt. Get in touch with Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits for more recommendations, or just choose a whiskey and cook a few different kinds of steak to see which combination you like best!