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Pop-tarts and Fine Whiskeys; A Pairing Guide

Put on your top hats and your finest bib, as Imgur user acetech09 talks us through this exquisite guide. 

Here's a question we've all asked ourselves but never dared muttered out loud, "which fine whiskey goes well with which pop-tart?"

Luckily, we needed wonder no more as our questions have finally been answered. 

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    Pop-tart: Hot Fudge Sundae Whisky: the Hakushu 12 yr

    Bottle - AGED 12 YEARS NGLE MALT JAPANESE, w THE HAKUSHU SINGLE MALT JAPANESE WHISKY 12 AGED YEARS MAKUSHU DISTILLERY CVOL (86 PROOF) 750
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    "This pastry has a relatively simple palate of dry cocoa powder and confection creme, and is plenty sweet. The dry, slightly smoky punch of The Hakushu 12 cuts through some of that sweetness, and pairs well with the strong dessert flavors."


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    Pop-tart: S'mores Spirit*: La Higuera, Sotol

    Dairy - SOTOL LA HIGUERA DASYLIRION, WHEELERI ALDAMA CHIHUAHUA SOTOL SPIRTs 45. %ALC VOL 750 M
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    "What better goes with a S'mores than a smoky campfire? This was a no brainer. Sotol is a (imo, underrated) Mexican spirit, adjacent to Tequila and Mezcal. It's deeply wood-smokey and is a treat to pair with the s'mores."


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    Pop-tart: Chocolate Chip Spirit*: St George Reserve Apple Brandy

    Liqueur - SGEORGE ATISAN DIaTLLERS SINCE 1982 CALIFORNIA RENERE APPLE BRANDY oftraeeiry r and dirnn lled frem car fe nietis and 4h ALC RY VOL
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    "The chocolate chip pop tart is unique, it's not overwhelmingly sweet or bursting with artificial flavor. It's toasty, bready, with a background of chocolate and caramel. It won't mask the flavor of a delicate spirit. St George apple brandy is smooth and light, and the light floral apple and cinnamon notes pair well with the chocolate and caramel of the pastry."


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    Pop-tart: Wild Berry Wildlicious Whisky: Ardbeg Drum, Single Malt Scotch

    Liqueur - ARdbeG DRUM Thetimale ISLAY SINGLE MALT SSCOTCH WHISKY LIMITED EDITION y e hAndes rngin E ARDBEG DISKe NITED
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    "The Wildlicious Wild Berry pastry tastes like there was an accident at the factory where all the different fruit fillings spilled on the floor, so they scooped it all up and blended into this. And... I kinda like it. But it's very strong, so instead of finding a 'compliment' I instead chose something to 'punch through' the flavors. In this case, the funky, briny, peaty Ardbeg Drum can stand against the wildlicious flavor horde."


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    Pop-tart: Cherry Whiskey: Bib & Tucker 6 Yr Bourbon

    Bottle - Napernpar04 ALBAIGHECL BIB & TUCKER AGED 6 YEARS Durine Anerie the ter e 2ear ti BOURBON 7esrs.tha WHISKEY ee n leather ad ATCH NO4 SMALL BATCH
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    "Cherry, more tart than sweet, is one of my favorites. A warm, rich Bourbon like Bib & Tucker matches nicely. The melange of cherry and bourbon flavors are reminiscent of an old fashioned cocktail."


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    Pop-tart: Strawberry Whiskey: Angel's Envy Bourbon

    Drink - FROM THE CELLARS OF ANGELS ENVY KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY FINISHED IN PORT WINE BARRELS 43.3% ALCONOL BY VOLUME [86.6 PROOF 750 ML
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    "Very similar to cherry, but a stronger sweetness is better complimented by a drier, but still mild, bourbon like Angel's Envy."


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    Pop-tart: Cookies & Creme Spirit*: Zacapa XO, Guatemala Rum

    Glass bottle - Riucagpu 32-A
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    "The creamy, chocolately, and surprisingly tasty richness of this pasty is quite satisfying. Zacapa XO is an equally decadent rum that is aged in an array of wine casks. This slightly tannic fruitiness that is imbued in the spirit compliments perfectly with the pastry."


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    Pop-tart: Raspberry Whisky: Bruichladdich The Organic 2009, Single Malt Scotch

    RUICHLADDICH wacaa S THE ORGANIC 2009 uw apPLD MID COUL FARMS. DALCROSSs AMCE ACHLACCltNCE LE MALT 750 m
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    "The Raspberry toaster pastry is tart, fruity, without much breadiness. This Bruichladdich release's dry, deeply malty body provides a pleasant balance."


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    Pop-tart: Chocolate Vanilla Creme Whisky: Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey

    Bottle - WHISKY NIKKA COFFEY MALT WHISKY oouese D BY THE NIKKA WHISKY ILLING CO.LTD, 1AFAN カフェモルト ウイズキー alc.45% NIKKAWHISKY
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    "This pastry decently mild and smooth. It can pair well with a slightly sweeter spirit with a full body, like Nikka Coffey Grain. Both are smooth, mildly sweet, and rich. The creaminess of the pastry balances well with the wet malt of the Nikka."


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    Pop-tart: Stawberry Milkshake Whisky: Kaiyo The Peated, Japanese Whiskey

    Material property - КАIYO JAPANE The PEATED 每羊
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    "This pastry, with its large amount of filling, has a cloying artificial sweetness to it. But it's not very strong, so in this case a light, floral, slightly smoky whiskey can cut through the sweetness but not have its delicate flavors overpowered."


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    Pop-tart: Chocolate Fudge Whiskey: Lost Spirits Abomination, Sayers of the Law.

    Bottle - ABOMINATION HEAVILY PEATED MALT SPIRITS DISTILLuD EROM 100% MALTED ARLEY FINISHED WITH LATE HARVIST SLING SEASONID AMERICAN OAK STAYES 54% ALC/VOL
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    "Such a rich, fudgey, almost bitter chocolate can only be matched by a strong dark smokey whiskey, like Abomination. Anything else would get steamrolled, but the young deeply charred single malt can cut through."


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    Pop-tart: Blueberry Whiskey: Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey

    Drink - FROM THE CELLORS OF ANGELS ENVY FINISHED RYE RYE WHISKEY FINISHED IN CARIBBERN RUM CASKS 50% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME [100 PROOF 750 M
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    "The blueberry pastry is well balanced and fruity, and not too sweet. In this case, a mildly spicy, caramelly, and wholly delicious Angel's Envy Rye won't be overpowered and provide a dessert-y complement."


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    Pop-tart: Brown Sugar Whiskey: Whistlepig 12 year Old World Cask Rye

    Drink - Wa WHISTBEPIC 1AND BOTTLED WHISTLKPIG FARM OLD WORLD CASK FINISH RYE huen r xCLUSIVELY FINISHED IN THE FOLLOWEING CASKS C3% MDRA 3% FRECH SUTERSES 7%
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    "Brown Sugar is a fan favorite, and is one of mine as well. Tastes good, very balanced. Not much is needed to complement it, so instead I'm just putting it together with one of my favorite whiskeys. The whistlepig is really fantastic in any setting."


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    Pop-tart: Pumpkin Pie Spirit*: St George Absinthe

    Liqueur - CH13NE ABSINTHE VERTE LGEORD FINE BRANDY ST E FINE ABSINTHE ve OF YEARS OF PATENT IN HERBALD O COMES FROM STAR ANISE WO MINT BALM, HYSSOP MEADOWSH FENNEL TARRAGON A PRODECTOI
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    "This pop-tart tastes, really surprisingly, like a good pumpkin pie. Full of baking spice and pumpkin flavor. This might be a hot take, but I think a chilling herbal absinthe can provide a nice mulling counterpoint to the spice. And St George absinthe is some of the best."

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