The Wild Geese® Classic Blend featured in ‘ILoveMyGrub.com’

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New to the UK, this Irish whiskey is perfect for hot toddy season.

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Whiskey wouldn’t be whiskey if it didn’t come with a great story. Distilleries are often steeped in the history of their area and can trace their lineage of eccentric owners and escapades back through the years. The Wild Geese Irish whiskeys have taken their name from a true story. As people left Ireland, preferring not to live under English rule following the Battle of the Boyne and the Treaty of Limerick, they took the name, ‘The Wild Geese’, as they migrated. This range of whiskeys has opened up the name, The Wild Geese, for anyone with a little Irish in them, wherever they may now find themselves!

Produced using a blend of malt and grain whiskies, aged in barrels previously used for maturing bourbon, the Wild Geese Classic Blend is pale gold, fresh and sweet on the nose, with a pleasant warmth and notes of grain. It would be an ideal whisky to use in a hot toddy or a cocktail, and The Wild Geese website lists a variety of recipe suggestions. During those winter months, settling in with a warm, spicy toddy sounds like the perfect way to keep out the cold.

The Wild Geese range has only recently launched in the UK, so you may not find it in your local drinks shop or supermarket yet. However, it is available online at The Drink Shop, where a 50cl bottle of Classic Blend retails at £19.79, and through a growing list of retailers, detailed on The Wild Geese website.

A Wild Whiskey Guide to Valentine’s Day

THE WILD GEESE® Irish Whiskey Collection presents a five-step guide to a perfect pairing this Valentine’s Day for lovers looking for a Valentine’s with a difference.

Having left their own sweethearts at home, THE WILD GEESE® Collection tells the story of courageous Irish soldiers forced to leave Ireland in 1691. While they were successful abroad, fighting circumstance and adversity they dreamt of returning home to their beloved Ireland. Inspired by this story, THE WILD GEESE® Collection has been designed with love in mind, no matter how far that love stretches.

THE WILD GEESE® Collection is comprised of four unique Irish whiskeys and an Irish Honey Liqueur, each offering something sweet this Valentine’s Day.

The brand new THE WILD GEESE® Irish Honey Liqueur will entice your new sweetheart with lifted aromas of honey and spice that expertly integrate to give a multi layered, complex palate and a long lasting finish. It’s made with the award winning THE WILD GEESE® Irish whiskey and blended with a 100% pure and natural honey from the green fields of Tipperary and Kilkenny. THE WILD GEESE® Irish Honey Liqueur works well as an alternative to the “Caipirinha” cocktail.

For the adventurous, looking to meet someone new, the subtle smooth and easy-going Classic Blend Irish Whiskey will help kick start the night. Its citrus notes mix well in cocktails like a bespoke Chilli & Chocolate Rusty Nail.

Like The Classic Blend, the Rare Irish Whiskey is smooth but with a much richer personality, perfect for sharing on those all important second and third dates. Tradition is at the heart of this whiskey making it an ideal tipple to get to know each other. The balanced nature of the Rare Irish makes it perfect in short cocktails, like an “Old Fashioned” or the scrumptious “Irish Kiss”.

For those looking to spend a cosy night in with that special someone, The Single Malt Irish Whiskey is recommended. It’s complex and has great depths to be explored over time. Hints of vanilla and peppery malt make this a romance to be nurtured.

Last, but never least, The Limited Edition Irish Whiskey is the perfect blind date. Sweet to start, with hints of marzipan that lead to sophisticated overtones of chocolate. This is masterfully made whiskey, blended with love and passion, making it a delicious ice breaker.

Cupid’s Cocktails

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Chilli & Chocolate Rusty Nail

25ml THE WILD GEESE® CLASSIC BLEND
1 fresh chilli (mildly hot)
20ml chocolate liqueur
2 drops of chocolate bitters
25ml Drambuie
grated dark chocolate
orange zest

 

Mash the chilli in a rocks glass to release the flavours. Add the chocolate liqueur and chocolate bitters and mix.

Add the ice. stir. Add the Drambuie and THE WILD GEESE® whiskey and stir. Grate some dark chocolate and spray the orange zest. Garnish with a slab of chocolate and a chilli on top.

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Irish Kiss

50ml THE WILD GEESE® RARE IRISH WHISKEY
10ml Galliano
10ml Elderflower cordial
3 dashes peach bitters

Rinse a tumbler with Galliano and discard. Shake the remaining ingredients with ice and strain into the tumbler. Snap a lemon zest on top to garnish.

 

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Lime & Honey

25ml THE WILD GEESE® IRISH HONEY LIQUEUR
1 lime
Crushed ice

A great alternative to a Caipirinha. Cut the lime into wedges and muddle in the glass. Add crushed ice and pour in THE WILD GEESE® IRISH HONEY LIQUER.