As its the weekend before Halloween, we thought we would bring you a special cocktail. Made with our Rare Irish Whiskey, spiced apple cider and dark maple syrup, it will be the perfect accompaniment to your Halloween parties!
At this year’s Beer & Whisky Festival The Wild Geese Single Malt received a Silver Medal for its smooth taste and timeless character.
This was our first year attending the Festival which takes place in Stockholm, Sweden.
The will be added to the growing list of recognition the Single Malt has received in recent years, including a ‘Reserve Cuvée’ tag and two ‘BEST IRISH WHISKEY’ awards.
The November issue of GQ British features The Wild Geese Classic Blend! The latest issue is available now, and comes in a choice of special James Bond covers.
As we continue to roll out across the UK, don’t forget to check our store locator for your nearest Wild Geese. We recommend you try the Classic Blend in one of our sensational cocktails recipes – perfect for any occasion, whether you enjoy them shaken or stirred.
You can also order from TheDrinkShop.com.
“The Wild Geese é straordinario!”
Each year, our Italian distributors – Gruppo Meregalli – host ’100 Vini’, a prestigious event where they showcase their finest products. Earlier this week we returned to the event with our multi award winning Irish Whiskey Collection.
We’ve had a lot of positive interest from Italy over the past few months and it was really great to meet some of Meregalli’s clients and spread the word of The Wild Geese.
“Questa é una bella sorpresa”
Visitors got the chance to really engage with the product, from tasting The Collection to exploring the brand story on the back label, and some even shared their thoughts when they tried The Wild Geese:
Food & Travel magazine have picked up the roll out of The Wild Geese across the UK, featuring the Classic Blend in the latest issue:
You can order the Classic Blend at masterofmalt.com
Our Italian distributors, Gruppo Meregalli, are hosting 100 Vini again this year. Held at the world famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Meregalli invite their clients to sample the products that they carry.
The Wild Geese will be bringing the taste of Ireland to the tasting event. Last year we were treated to some laps of the track by top of the range sports cars The combination of revving engines and multi award winning Irish whiskey was enough to give you goosebumps.
September was beckoned in to the sound of Irish celebration. Friday 7th September marked the first Tip O’Neill Award, received by Niall O’Dowd, who was also presented with a bottle of The Wild Geese Limited Edition Irish Whiskey.
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.
Eighty Irish Americans, all relatives of Tip O’Neill travelled Home to Ireland to see the award given to Niall O’Dowd, founder of The Irish Voice newspaper and The Irish American magazine, whose broad support for the Irish both at home and in the US has often been undocumented. These Wild Geese met in Buncrana, where Tip O’Neill’s grandmother was born.
The Wild Geese Legend is a story of ‘Home’.
When Patrick Sarsfield and his followers were defeated at The Battle of The Boyne, they negotiated fair terms for the Irish people. Although they would live under foreign rule, they would be free. The condition: Sarsfeild and his followers must leave Ireland. With their heads held high, they marched to the shores of Limerick, where they met ships that would take them to Europe.
They took the name The Wild Geese in the hope and belief that this would be a temporary strategic exile in Europe.
Tragically Sarsfeild and many of The Wild Geese did not see Home again, but today Wild Geese from all corners of the world share Sarsfield’s dream of seeing Ireland. There are thought to be 80 million people of Irish descent in the world today, 50 million of which live in the USA. Ceremonies like the Tip O’Neill Award remind us of this eternal connection and what the diaspora can achieve.
One relative, Susan O’Neill fully appreciated this:
‘Coming here is like coming home. Tip’s grandmother Eunice Fullerton was born just outside Buncrana so we still see this place as home.’
‘When you’re an Irish-American, you never forget your Irish roots because it means so much about what we are and who we are’
The Wild Geese whiskey is extremely proud to have been a part of this occasion. Buncrana born Denis Grant presented both Niall O’Dowd and Tip’s son Thomas P. O’Neill III with a bottle of our superb whiskey, as a reminder of that special thing that unites us – ‘Home
Wherever you are in the world, if you are of Irish descent you are part of this story and entitled to call yourself Wild Geese
Join us for an exclusive in-store tasting at Gerry’s Wines & Spirits in Soho, London.
Gerry’s stocks our entire Collection, and is an iconic store in London – an ideal place to taste The Wild Geese.
Gerry’s is one of the last outposts of retro Soho. A West-End warren of alleys and side streets which spanned decades as an exotic urban village, filled with artists, actors, gangsters – and hedonism.
Will we see you there? Join our event on Facebook.
Gerry’s Wines & Spirits
74 Old Compton Street, Soho
We’re very excited to share our new video with you.
Ireland was torn by injustice and natural disaster.
The soldiers and refugees who were forced to set sail
on ships for other lands became know as
The Wild Geese.
Through oppression and famine they created a beautiful dream
Freedom for Everyone.
Elixir, found in San Francisco’s Mission District and listed as one of the top 25 cocktail bars in the world, has listed us on their celebratory cocktail menu.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, H. Joseph Ehrmann, who runs Elixir, constructed the ‘Golden Gate Cocktail menu’ and our Rare Irish Whiskey has been included in celebrating the local Irish people who helped build San Francisco’s most famous landmark.
He was kind enough to give us some insight into why he chose The Wild Geese.
What attracted you to using The Wild Geese?
I tasted the full line up at Whiskies of the World and found the Rare bottling to be exceptionally rich and complex for an Irish whiskey. It made an excellent sipper, but I immediately started to think of ways to enhance it in a cocktail
Generally, with a spirit as dominant and flavourful as that, i want it to shine, so simply adding a few touches is enough and the Old Fashioned formula is perfect for that. When a barrel aged spirit shows me deep dark chocolate notes, I like chocolate bitters to highlight that and using brown sugar further enhances the richness. It’s a simply cocktail really, which is part of it’s beauty.
Can you provide a few details about why you chose to name it ‘The Mission Irish’?
Elixir is the second oldest saloon location in San Francisco and had a long run of Irish proprietors in the early days, as well as a rich Irish community around it. The Mission District used to be teeming with Irish and a good number of them actually built the Golden Gate Bridge. So this drink is a nod to that heritage at Elixir and in san Francisco.
Like our visit to Glasgow, this shows that you get really creative with The Wild Geese.
I enjoy the line extensions of this brand because it shows the many possibilities of Irish Whiskey, a category that is too often generalised for one flavour profile. These are some delicious bottlings.
THE MISSION IRISH
The Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey
Clover Honey Syrup
[In North America The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey is sold under the brand name 'The Wild Geese Irish Soldiers & Heroes']