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The Irish diaspora is unique that an overwhelming majority of people claiming to have Irish ancestry live not on the Emerald Isle (approximately 4.5 million), but abroad (up to 80 million).In the last 300 years or so, an estimated 10 million Irish people emigrated, many to Britain – especially Liverpool and surrounding areas – and the US, where some 35 million people identify themselves as Irish Americans, the second largest ethnic group after the German Americans. In 2014, the Republic of Ireland even created the Ministry of State for the Diaspora.
Of the numerous stories of the Irish diasporic history, the Flight of the Wild Geese is no doubt amongst the most legendary, one with a plot as thrilling as Barry Lyndon, only that it was no fiction, but historical fact.
In 1688, the Catholic James II (England and Ireland) & VII (Scotland) was ousted in the Protestant-led Glorious Revolution. The instigators were, of all people, his daughter Mary II and husband William III. Fleeing to Ireland, James II & VII was accompanied by his supporters, collectively called the Jacobites (from Renaissance Latin “Jacobus”, in turn from Classical Latin “Iacomus”) – unrelated to the Jacobins of the French Revolution. The Williamite-Jacobite War in Ireland lasted from 1689 to 1691, or more precisely until the decisive Battle of the Boyne, where the Jacobite forces, aided by the French, were defeated by the pursuing Anglo-Dutch coalition.
After the Treaty of Limerick in 1691, many Jacobites chose not to live under Protestant English rule, but boarded on ships to Catholic France. Led by Patrick Sarsfield, who fought at the Battle of the Boyne, some 14,000 soldiers and 6,000 dependants moved to France with James II & VII. They were known as the Wild Geese, a term that more generally applies to the Irish people who left for Europe from the 16th to 18th centuries. Subsequent to the defeat at the Battles of Barfleur and La Hogue in 1692, which frustrated the French plan to invade England, the Wild Geese realised that what was intended to be a temporary exile in Continental Europe could become a permanent one.
Many of the Wild Geese and their descendants excelled in military service across the European Continent, some even became Field Marshals in France, Austria, Prussia and Russia. Despite the success they achieved as a model minority, they longed to return to their homeland. If both anguish and adventure were elements in the Flight of the Wild Geese, the same can be said of this exquisite series of Irish whiskey, named after the legendary event.

wb1106-1   The Wild Geese Classic Blend
A blend of malt and grain aged in ex-Bourbon casks. Bright citrine with tawny reflex, the pristine nose offers lime peel, whitecurrant, green apple, garden herbs and Lady Grey. With a refreshing mouthfeel, the ebullient palate delivers lemon peel, bergamot, liquorice, caramel and sea salt. Medium-bodied at 40%, the clean entry carries onto a fruity mid-palate, leading to a lengthy finish.

wb1106-2The Wild Geese Single Malt
An unpeated single malt aged in ex-Bourbon casks. Shimmering amber with bronze reflex, the mesmerising nose effuses cloudberry, mandarin, fine oak, leather, chanterelle and rock salt. With a silky mouthfeel, the sophisticated palate furnishes physalis, mirabelle, allspice, brine, smoke and wild flowers. Medium-full bodied at 43%, the imposing entry persists through a poised mid-palate, leading to a lingering finish.

wb1106-3The Wild Geese Rare
A blend of unpeated single malt and grain aged in ex-Bourbon casks. Luminous amber with copper reflex, the fragrant nose presents tangerine peel, gooseberry, apricot, pepper and iris. With a jovial mouthfeel, the enticing palate supplies orange peel, apple, sage, toffee and honeysuckle. Medium-light bodied at 43%, the fleshy entry continues through an energetic mid-palate, leading to a stylish finish.

wb1106-4The Wild Geese Limited Edition Fourth Centennial
A blend of malt and grain aged in ex-Bourbon casks. Light marigold with tangerine reflex, the spellbinding nose emanates grapefruit, nectarine, cardamom, lemon butter, Oolong, linden and cedarwood. With a velvety mouthfeel, the endearing palate provides mandarin peel, kumquat, spice box, sweet ginger, oatmeal, shortbread and lavender. Medium-full bodied at 43%, the elegant entry evolves into a luxurious mid-palate, leading to an indelible finish. Jacky I.F. Cheong

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The Wild Geese® Collection descends upon Singapore

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High-flying Premium Irish Spirit range touches down for TFWA following a string of international successes

The Wild Geese® Collection of premium spirits has taken flight and this week lands with a splash in Singapore for the TFWA (Tax Free World Association) Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore (May 10-14).

The Wild Geese® Collection, which has exhibited at TFWA for each of the last 14 years, arrives at this year’s conference hot on the heels of its most successful period of global recognition. In recent months alone, the Collection has amassed a number of prestigious accolades and medals for its spirits, including its rum, vodka and honey liqueur.

Already this year, The Wild Geese® Collection has been awarded “World’s Best Gold Rum’ at the World Rum Awards 2015; Gold medal (Wild Geese® Golden Rum) at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015; silver medals (2) for its Untamed® Irish Vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015 and the International Spirits Challenge 2015 respectively; silver medals (2) for its Exiles® Irish Gin (Note: the only gin in the world with shamrock) at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015 and International Spirits Challenge 2015 respectively; and bronze medals (2) for its Wild Geese® Irish Honey Liqueur at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015 and International Spirits Challenge 2015 respectively.

These awards complement The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey’s status as a three-time voted ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ product, and a recipient of Gold medals from WSWA 2013, Rum Renaissance 2013 and Beverage Testing institute 2013; Silver medals from WSWA Tasting 2013, IWSC 2013 and a Bronze medal from the International Spirits Challenge 2013. Furthermore, The Beverage Tasting Institute has provided two ratings of ‘Exceptional’ plus one of ‘Best Value for Money’ for The Wild Geese® Rum Collection.

Speaking on the eve of TFWA, André Levy, Chairman of Protégé International (exclusive global distributor of The Wild Geese® Collection), said: “The Wild Geese® Collection is unique, being the only premium and super-premium collection of Irish spirits in the market – as such, it fits the profile of Singapore and the wider region. Premium spirits is a growing category internationally and, as such, our participation in TFWA is particularly timely. We are brimming with confidence at the moment and look forward to a successful TFWA.”

The Wild Geese sponsored “London Irish Wild Geese Race Night”

On Saturday 18th April, The London Irish Wild Geese played their last league game of the season, followed by the London Irish ARFC annual race night.

It was in 1898 that a group of Irishmen came together to form their own club, the London Irish Rugby Football Club. The founding fathers were an exceptional group of powerful personalities embracing politicians, lawyers and businessmen united by a sense of Irishness and a passion for rugby. From the beginning London Irish was to provide a welcoming “home” and hospitable meeting place for all Irish people, regardless of creed or politics.

The creation of London Irish Amateur was first discussed in 1995 when rugby union became professional and London Irish set aside resources for the creation of an amateur team. The club was founded in September 1999 after London Irish left The Avenue to play at the Madjeski Stadium in Reading. It was formed to be the feeder club for senior and junior amateur players to then go on to play for London Irish, who play in the English Premiership. London Irish and London Irish Amateur jointly share the new Hazelwood Rugby complex. Since 2012, links between London Irish and London Irish Amateur were upgraded with the two becoming part of a joint venture where London Irish Amateur players play for London Irish in the A League, In return, members of London Irish’s Academy are entitled to play for London Irish Amateur. The first team’s official name was changed to London Irish Wild Geese after the Rugby Football Union’s governance committee gave consent for the change of name.