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JQWS Presents: Unveiling the Perfect Pairing; The Shinobu Japanese Whisky & Cheese at Milk the Cow


Whisky enthusiasts and cheese connoisseurs united this Tuesday and Wednesday at Milk the Cow, as James, the founder of Japanese Quality Whisky Society and our resident Whisky Smuggler, hosted an extraordinary event showcasing the exquisite Shinobu Japanese Whisky. The event, aptly named “Winter Whisky Warmer with Shinobu Distillery” was a delightful celebration of the harmonious relationship between these two distinct indulgences, Japanese Whisky & Cheese.

Attendees were treated to an unforgettable experience where the complex flavours of The Shinobu whisky were thoughtfully paired with an assortment of artisanal cheeses. Let’s dive into the world of Shinobu Japanese Whisky and discover how it married beautifully with a variety of delectable cheeses and unveil the Perfect Pairing; The Shinobu Japanese Whisky & Cheese.

Unveiling Shinobu Japanese Whisky:

The Shinobu Japanese Whisky has been making waves in the whisky community with its exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to quality. Handcrafted in Niigata Japan, Shinobu whiskies are a result of the perfect blend of traditional Scottish distilling techniques and the elegance of Japanese craftsmanship. Shinobu (meaning forbearance in Japanese) Whisky is hand crafted by the creative master blender, Mr. Ken Usami, by carefully selecting whisky from different distilleries which are first reserved in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks and then finishing them with precious Japanese Mizunara oak.

The Event:

Hosted at the esteemed Milk the Cow, commencing at their St Kilda venue on Tuesday and an encore performance at their Carlton venue on Wednesday a renowned venue known for its vast selection of artisanal cheeses, the Winter Whisky Warmer with Shinobu Distillery event was a match made in heaven. James shared his wealth of knowledge in the history of Japanese Whisky and as an advocate for culinary experiences, curated a line-up of Shinobu whiskies that perfectly complemented a range of hand-selected cheeses. As guests arrived, they were greeted by a warm and inviting ambiance, complete with a stunning display of Shinobu whiskies and a tantalizing assortment of cheeses. The anticipation for the evening’s sensory journey was palpable as attendees eagerly gathered around to explore the flavours that awaited them.

Whisky & Cheese Pairings:

The carefully crafted pairings aimed to showcase the intricate interplay between the distinct notes of Shinobu Japanese Whisky and the diverse profiles of artisanal cheeses. Here are a few highlights from the event:

The Spice and smoky oak and slight bitterness of The Shinobu Pure Malt Mizunara Japanese Oak Finish perfectly complemented the spicy creamy cheese of the Epoisses Berthaut from France. Each sip enhanced the creaminess of the cheese, while the whisky’s complex layers of vanilla and oak resonated harmoniously.

The Shinobu 10 YO Pure Malt Mizunara Japanese Oak Finish paired with BellaVitano Tennessee Whisky, USA. The unique Mizunara oak cask maturation imparted delicate and spicy notes to this whisky. When paired with the nutty and fruity BellaVitano Tennessee, it created a delightful dance of flavours that lingered on the palate, leaving attendees craving more.

The Culinary Journey:

As the evening unfolded, attendees were treated to an immersive culinary journey, where each sip of Shinobu Japanese Whisky and every bite of carefully chosen cheese brought them closer to understanding the art of flavour pairing. James, with his knowledge and passion for whisky, guided the guests through the intricate details of each whisky expression and its corresponding cheese partner. Throughout the event, conversations flourished, connections were forged, and a newfound appreciation for the artistry of whisky and cheese emerged. Attendees were enthralled by the depth and complexity of Shinobu Japanese Whisky and the way it interacted with the distinct characteristics of each cheese.


The Shinobu Whisky & Cheese event at Milk the Cow was a resounding success, leaving guests with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the synergy between The Shinobu Japanese Whisky and artisanal cheeses. The event served as a testament to the ability of fine whisky and carefully selected cheeses to create a truly extraordinary culinary experience. As the evening drew to a close, the guests departed with a newfound passion for exploring the intricacies of whisky and cheese pairings. The Shinobu Whisky & Cheese event served as a reminder that the combination of two distinct and indulgent pleasures can create an experience that transcends the sum of its parts. Whether you are a whisky enthusiast, a cheese lover, or simply someone seeking a unique and unforgettable culinary adventure, the range of The Shinobu Japanese Whisky paired with artisanal cheeses is an experience worth savouring. Kanpai to the discovery of new flavours and the exploration of the endless possibilities that lie within the world of whisky and cheese!

If you would like to purchase any of The Shinobu range of Japanese whiskies head over to Japanese Quality Whisky Society  the exclusive importer and distributor of this exquisite Whisky, or for an unforgettable night head to Milk the Cow to book a table and get ready to embark on a flavour journey!