Coverage from the Donegal Democrat ahead of tonight’s The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards.
Our Chairman, Mr Andre Levy, sat on the adjudication committee to select the winners of this year’s The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurs in the Donegal area who are forging their own paths in business.
Twelve businesses have been shortlisted for the awards which are for small enterprises set up under the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme run by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC). Three winners will be presented with awards, £500 to help grow their businesses and will go through to the regional awards in Cavan in June.
On the adjudication committee were Mr Andre Levy; Jim Slevin, Chairperson of the DLDC; Mark Murray and Mary McHugh from the Department of Social Protection. Mr Levy said:
‘There are some remarkable individuals involved who’ve already had significant success and in some cases have already won awards for their business.
‘We all know that the business environment has been very challenging in recent years and I’m delighted The Wild Geese company is able to help celebrate this level of achievement in Donegal’
The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London. Steeped in Irish heritage, it has been a haven for Wild Geese for hundreds of years and a remarkable taste of home. And now we’ve flocked behind the bar! Yes, The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey is now served in London’s oldest Irish pub, just in time for St Patrick’s Day!
The Tipperary was first built in 1300, on the side of a monastery where the monks brewed ale.
In 1605 it was transformed into ‘The Boar’s Head’. It’s stood the test of time, surviving the Great Fire of London having been built of stone and brick, rather then wood.
It came under Irish ownership in around 1700, becoming the first Irish pub outside of Ireland. It was fitted out in traditional Irish style, including a clock by Thomas Tompion.
Following the First World War, the printers returning from the war had the pub named ‘The Tipperary’, inspired by the war song, ‘It’s A Long Way’, and the name remains today.
Today The Tipperary is run by Steve Rowlands, who has a huge passion for fine spirits. The interior retains the original Irish character and behind the bar now sits The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection. It’s a great place to enjoy The Wild Geese this St Patrick’s Day!
Stay Untamed and give your St Patrick’s Day celebrations a Wild twist! Our Classic Blend is featured on The Whisky Club from The Times and The Sunday Times!
The Times Whisky Club is well known for selecting the best products on the market. You can read the full review of The Classic Blend below.
Nose: A light, berry, sweetness at first. Oak develops followed by barley malt, digestive biscuits and vanilla.
Palate: A cool and refreshingly sweet early palate. Giving way to a richer sweetness with undertones of manuka honey, aniseed and a slight citric tang.
Finish: There is a refreshingly sharp oak present at the very end, preceded by more cream vanilla.
Overall: A delightful Irish blend that is a superb example of a sweet and vanilla rich whiskey.
2 parts The Wild Geese Classic Blend
1 part apple and rhubarb juice
3 parts dry cider
1/2 part Kamms & Sons
Mix the Classic Blend, dry cider and apple & rhubarb juice by ‘rolling’ them in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a high ball glass and float a large ice ball on top. Add the Kamms & Sons to crete a bitter-sweet taste and garnish with a crab apple and apple blossom. Drizzle fresh caramel over the garnish for the final touch.
The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Miniatures has been announced as the only miniatures set to be available on all British Airways long haul flights. It will be available to passengers from October 2013.
British Airways have an on-going commitment to provide the best inflight experience, and only select the most highly desirable products for its very limited inflight portfolio.
As one of the last independent Irish Whiskeys, The Wild Geese offers an internationally acclaimed alternative to other leading spirits.
The Wild Geese is recognised as the only Super Premium Collection of Irish Whiskeys and has been voted ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ three times. The Wild Geese Miniature set features 50cl bottles of the Rare Irish, Limited Edition and Single Malt Irish Whiskeys.
The Collection celebrates the brave men and women who have left Ireland and found success abroad, coming to be known as ‘The Wild Geese’. When the leader of the Irish rebellion, Patrick Sarsfield, and his followers left Ireland in 1691, they took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Today over 70 million Wild Geese are still making a positive impact on the global community. Many have settled far from home, and this new listing is a testament to the brand story.
The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey is now available at London’s Nightjar, which has recently been recognised as one of the world’s best bars. Nightjar moved up a place from last year’s competition to win second place, proving to be the perfect place to enjoy The Wild Geese.
Our friends at Nightjar have been enjoying The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey, using it to create bespoke cocktails, which we’ll be sharing on our Facebook page.
Nightjar’s co-owner, Edmund Weil, describes the bar as having ‘old school glamour, surprising cocktails, live music, top service and a very special atmosphere in a space which is never overcrowded’.
Nightjar narrowly missed out on first place, which went to the Langham Hotel’s Artesian bar, which serves The Wild Geese Rum.
When The Wild Geese left Ireland in 1691, they believed they were securing the freedom of the country. They held their heads high as they boarded ships at Limerick having chosen exile for the good of their people.
Inspired by their courage and commitment to Ireland, we are contributing to Donegal’s Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme. In tough economic times, it’s important to display the same camaraderie as Patrick Sarsfield and his followers.
Named ‘The Wild Geese Enterprise Award’ this scheme will help generate local business and help to revitalise the local economy. The Wild Geese Company Chairman, Mr. Andre Levy explains:
‘The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey celebrates the courage and determination of the Irish people when faced with adversity, and their successes and achievements. It’s important that we also celebrate and encourage local individuals in Ireland who have fought through hardship to succeed. Schemes such as The Back To Work Enterprise Allowance in Donegal, where unemployment has been a major problem, offer the support and advice needed to allow individuals to forge their own path in business in Ireland rather than overseas’
The CEO of the Donegal Local Development Company Ltd, Dr Caoimhím Mac Aoidh, adds:
‘DLDC is delighted to accept this considerable and most generous sponsorship support from The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey. We recognise their sponsorship of The Wild Geese Enterprise Award is acknowledgement and admiration for the participants of the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme who have shown great courage and tenacity in setting up their businesses in such challenging times. Our partnership with The Wild Geese in this instance is an excellent one as that company has similarly proven to have great business acumen in developing their company and product range’
The first Wild Geese Enterprise Award will be presented in early 2014.
Find out more about the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme here: http://www.dldc.org/sip_business_startup.html
We’re very proud to be returning to the Tip O’Neill Award as sponsors.
The award has been established to commemorate the life and achievements of US Speaker Tip O’Neill and celebrate the achievements of members of the diaspora who exceed expectations in the their chosen field. Much like Tip O’Neill did.