The Wild Geese featured in ‘That’s Christmas’ view full article here
They are scattered to the four corners of the earth, the emigrants who have made the world their home. From London to Edinburgh, Perth to Sydney, New York to San Francisco, Toronto to Alaska – they have carved out new lives for themselves across the globe.
They are the Wild Geese of the 21st Century, and this week many of them will start planning the greatest journey of the year; the journey home to Ireland to share Christmas with the family and the friends they left behind.
It’s a scene that will be repeated thousands of times over in the airports throughout the country as the countdown to Christmas intensifies.
The emotional reunion in the arrivals hall, the catching-up of local gossip, and finally the gathering around the fire to toast the homecoming.
This Christmas, the Sunday World and Ireland’s leading whiskey collection, The Wild Geese, is offering lucky readers the chance to toast their own homecoming.
Every week for the next four weeks, the Sunday World and The Wild Geese will fly a lucky emigrant and his or her partner home for Christmas to toast family and friends with a glass of The Wild Geese. That’s two people every week for the next four weeks. We’ll pay the flights and put up the drinks.
All the lucky winners have to do is show up at the airport.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
The Avalon Group released three new spirits at the 30th annual Duty Free & Travel Retail Global Summit in Cannes, France. The new spirits represent the first super-premium Irish gin, vodka and honey liqueur, all three of which embody the rich Irish history celebrated by THE WILD GEESE®.
THE EXILES® IRISH GIN is an artisanal product from an eighth generation ginmaker, whose family have been distilling gin for over 300 years. Traditional pot distilling method. Skilfully infused with Shamrock, red clover flowers, honeysuckle flowers, rowan berries and bog myrtle, resulting in a smooth and floral gin infused with the essence of Ireland.
THE WILD GEESE® IRISH HONEY LIQUEUR is the first and only super premium honey liqueur produced in Ireland, offering an alternative for traditional whiskey drinkers, and a mild introduction to the spirit for new consumers.
UNTAMED® IRISH VODKA is the first and only super premium vodka produced in Ireland. Made with Irish apples and premium grain, the unique recipe of which is subject to a patent application.
First up was The Wild Geese , an Irish Whiskey distributed by Marblehead . Dominic Tait was the man in the know and of the three varieties on offer I plumped for the Rare Blend, which I believe is aged in Bourbon casks (I’ve forgotten whether it’s that or Sherry so do get in touch with Dominic for a straight answer!)… anyway, my choice was informed by my love of Bourbon and, as you’d expect, the aging process has worked its magic to create a really pleasant liquid with hints of vanilla and caramel… almost jammy, it was a very good foot to get off on.
The Rise in Popularity of Irish Whiskey
The Irish are well known for their whiskey. The word “whiskey” is actually taken from a phrase in the Irish language that means “water of life”. The year 2014 has seen a rise in the popularity of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey has become the fastest growing spirit category in the U.S. While we all love the popular brands of Jameson and The Wild Geese, other brands are becoming quite popular. While most people like to drink whiskey neat or on the rocks, it mixes great with other flavors and is becoming popular to use in cocktails. Irish whiskey bars are becoming quite popular as well.