If you’re a whiskey lover, or indeed a lover of gin, vodka or rum, listen up. We’re giving you the chance to try all four, plus a honey liqueur, from premium Irish spirits producer The Wild Geese Collection.
The Wild Geese® Classic Blend featured in ‘ILoveMyGrub.com’ see post here
New to the UK, this Irish whiskey is perfect for hot toddy season.
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.
The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey features ‘gingit.me’ see full article here
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.
Chilli & Chocolate Rusty Nail
25ml THE WILD GEESE® CLASSIC BLEND
1 fresh chilli (mildly hot)
20ml chocolate liqueur
2 drops of chocolate bitters
grated dark chocolate
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.
50ml THE WILD GEESE® RARE IRISH WHISKEY
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.
Lime & Honey
25ml THE WILD GEESE® IRISH HONEY LIQUEUR
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.
In Sagnino, Northern Italy, just on the edge of the Swiss border lies Antico Mognano, a family run restaurant that offers rustic dishes in a relaxed setting at affordable prices. The cooking is mainly classic Mediterranean and it has a lovely range of spirits and beer collections, the restaurant has delighted locals as well as destination diners for many years. It’s an elegantly decorated restaurant that has a great balance of smartness with a sense of relaxed refinement.
Owned by the Vinci family, and headed up by Fernando Vinci and his two sons Davide and Giuseppe who are in charge of the front of house and its beverages. Giuseppe is the spirits specialist while Davide looks after the beer selections, which included some rare and well-crafted Belgian beers. Together the knowledgeable brothers have created an extended fine collection of spirits and beers that are well selected to ensure they match the style of the restaurant’s famous cuisine.
Known for its authentic Mediterranean flavours it prides itself on using carefully well-sourced seasonal ingredients to ensure that all the dishes arrive to the customers with the maximum freshness. Its famous fish dishes are a must try when you visit, masterfully cooked with beautiful tastes and the perfect balance of seasoning and textures.
Antico Mognano will not tolerate anything other than the finest premium spirit for their customers so naturally serve The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey, which has been voted three times best Irish whiskey. Both Giuseppe and Davide think the whiskey’s unique tasting profile fits well with the cuisine, finding the story of The Wild Geese inspiring. To top it off, the service provided is characterised by extreme professionalism, attention to detail, ensuring a silky smooth and enjoyable mealtime.
You can find THE WILD GEESE® IRISH WHISKEY in Antico Mognano
The Antico Mognano Restaurant and Pizzeria
Via Pio XI n.150 22100 Como (Sagnino)
Phone: 031 543413
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In a Nutshell
Combines all the smoothness you come to expect from Irish whiskey with some memorable theatrics on the palette. It feels like something even the most jaded/seasoned whisky drinker will experience as different (and I’m neither jaded nor seasoned) As it is so very different to every other single malt I’ve tried up to this point, it might be an acquired taste. I’m not too keen on it (yet?). The taste is super distinctive and smooth as silk.
Irish distilling…still going strong
The Wild Geese Collection/Distillery are an Irish outfit that produce a number of spirits, many of which that have won awards. I’ve yet to try their rum, or their honey liqueur (not sure how I feel about honey liqueur – though Mead is TUFF). This single malt has been doing pretty well, winning Best Non-Age Irish Malt in the World Whisky Awards 2011 and 94 points from the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. They also produce some blended whiskies, at the time of writing, yet untried but promising if all the reviews are anything to go by. The Wild Geese is a reference to expatriate Irish soldiers and emigrants (exiled and otherwise) – who can be found all over the world today (the Irish are a bit like dust scattered to the wind – hell, even I am half Irish!). I think the original use of the term ‘The Wild Geese’ was to refer to a Jacobite army who left Ireland to fight in France, Spain, Italy and other parts of Europe in the late 1600s. I dunno if they did very well or not…
We Drink It, Stuff Happens
Nose: The nose is quite subtle, I have to almost bury my face right into this mofo to get a whiff of it – there’s not much alcohol coming off of the top. After doing so I get a bit of honey and menthol.
Palette: This is where stuff gets exciting. First comes a little bit of honey/sweetness and the all enveloping smoothness. Then cutting through this you get the peppery menthol, unlit tobacco and a STRONG flavour of papaya (I shit you not, it is certainly papaya). It almost tickles the front and sides of your tongue, leaving the tastebuds in the middle mostly intact. It is very easy to describe – entirely different from a Scotch – none of those characteristic caramel or hazelnut flavours here.
Finish: Once the flavours have emerged, the sweetness fades a little and you’re left mainly with the papaya and menthol sitting on the sides of your tongue. These linger… the finish is nice ‘n long – as a whiskey this well commended should be should be.
See full article at ‘Bar Magazine’
Winter cocktails created for The Wild Geese rums and whiskeys
A range of cocktails has been created to brighten up the winter months by bartender Stav B using The Wild Geese Irish whiskeys and Caribbean rums.
She has set out to put an authentic twist on a series of classic serves, using ingredients such as fruity plum bitters and earthy nutmeg as well as rich dark chocolate to create an intense cocoa-flavoured whiskey cocktail.
Stav is brand ambassador for The Wild Geese alongside running pop-up Stav B’s Liquor Bar around London.
The Wild Geese Irish whiskeys range from a classic blend to a single malt while the rums, which come from the Caribbean, include a golden rum, a spiced rum and a premium rum aged for up to eight years.
Pictured above are the Vintage Mai Tai with rum and the Whiskey Sazerac.
Vintage Mai Tai
50ml The Wild Geese Golden Rum
25ml Lime juice
2 drops of grapefruit bitters
Shake all the ingredients together with ice and empty in a tumbler and garnish with the cherry.
50ml The Wild Geese Premium Rum
25ml Grand Marnier
5ml Maple syrup
Mix all the ingredients together with ice in a shaker and double-strain in a pewter glass to maintain its coolness. Grate nutmeg on top to finish. It is pictured below.
50ml The Wild Geese Golden Rum
10 cardamom seeds
25ml Lime juice
25ml Homemade cardamom syrup
Smash the seeds in the boston glass. Add all the ingredients and shake rigorously to chill the mix. Double-strain in a small martini glass and garnish with three cardamom seeds.
50ml The Wild Geese Single Malt Irish Whiskey
2 drops of one sugar cube
You will need two glasses: one glass with ice and the absinthe (or any pastis), the other one to prepare the actual drink. In the second glass, add bitters and sugar cube then mix with a little water. Melt the sugar as much as possible so that you have a clear liquid blended with bitters. Add ice, stir then add the whiskey. Stir again, then add the cognac, and stir. With your first glass, discard the absinthe and ice. Double-strain the mixture from your second glass into it. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Plum Old Fashioned
50ml Plum-infused The Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey
10ml Plum liqueur
1 cube of sugar
2 drops of plum bitters
Infuse the whiskey with fresh plums and leave for 48 hours. In a glass, add bitters, a sugar cube and a little water and stir well to melt the sugar as much as possible. Add the ice, stir again then add the plum whiskey. Stir again. Finish with orange zest sprayed all over the mix and the rim of the glass. It is pictured below.
Chilli and Chocolate Rusty Nail
25ml The Wild Geese Classic Blend Whiskey
1 fresh chilli (mildly hot)
20ml Chocolate liqueur
2 drops of chocolate bitters
Mash the chilli in a rocks glass to release the flavours. Add the liqueur, bitters and mix. Add the ice. Stir. Add the Drambuie and the whiskey and stir. Grate some dark chocolate and spray the orange zest and garnish with a slab of chocolate and a chilli on top.
Irish emigrant Niall Byrne has landed a surprise pre-christmas gift – an all expenses paid trip home from Canada to see his family.
Niall was one of the lucky winers of the Sunday World’s bring The Wild Geese home competition, run in association with The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey.
It had been a year since Niall last saw his family in Moylough, Co. Galway, and he was unaware that his mother Chris had entered him in the contest.
“We’re delighted to have him home” Chris told the Sunday World, ” His Grandmother is 92 and she just loves to see him, so this is a real treat for her as well.”
Niall and his girlfriend Fiona, who is also from Galway, are among a large number of Irish emigrants in Canada, USA, UK and Australia, who have won a pair of return flights home.
Entrants in The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey competition were asked to complete, in 25 words or less, why they would like to toast Christmas in Ireland with a glass of Wild Geese. “I’d like to thank Wild Geese and the Sunday World for making this dream come true for us.” Chris said.
Niall and Fiona, who live in Vancouver, were presented with a specially engraved bottle of Limited Edition Wild Geese Single Malt Irish Whiskey by Wild Geese representative Carl Gibney upon their arrival in Dublin.