Preparing for Independence Day…

Independence Day is fast a approaching and we’re sure our friends across the US are preparing for the national holiday. Marking America’s independence from the Britain, the holiday is a reminder of the principles of freedom and liberty the country has been built on.
We want to help you celebrate with a classic American recipe and two of our summery cocktails – ‘Homebound’ and ‘The Long Goodbye’.

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The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipe: MONK’S HABIT

An Elegant Apertif

45ml THE WILD GEESE® Rare Irish Whiskey
20ml Lillet Blanc
10ml Crème d’apricot
Spray of Peach bitters
Lemon zest for garnish

Stir down over cubed ice, strained into a coupette glass that has already been pre sprayed with atomised peach bitters.
Subtle aromatised Lillet and soft fruit of the apricot give balance and freshness to the backbone of The Wild Geese® Rare Irish Whiskey – the aromatised bitters provide a ripe fruit note.

Cocktail Clinic in Amsterdam, 28th April 2011

Cocktails are very important to The Wild Geese® Collection. They present whiskey in a very different, very contemporary fashion. Our collection of cocktails perfectly capture the versatility of the Rare Irish and Classic expressions of the Collection.

Last week, THE WILD GEESE® hosted an intimate cocktail clinic in Amsterdam – tucked away in a charismatic wine cellar, which provided an ideal location to share what The Wild Geese® has to offer. Our resident mixologist Nick Wykes was on hand to introduce the The Wild Geese® cocktail recipes. Continue reading “Cocktail Clinic in Amsterdam, 28th April 2011”

A Weekend In The Life Of… A Wild Geese Brand Ambassador

A few weekends ago THE WILD GEESE® Irish Whiskey Collection (sold in North America under the brand name of THE WILD GEESE® Irish Soldiers & Heroes’) turned up in San Francisco for Whiskies of the World Expo. The event was a huge success and back here in London, we were delighted with the pictures we received.

But its not all sitting back and looking at photographs. We need people on the ground, spreading the message of THE WILD GEESE® – to both the consumer and bar owners. Shann Dornhecker offers a behind the scenes glance at the life of a brand ambassador.

Take it away….

Being an LA native there is a natural rivalry between my hometown and San Francisco..and due to TSA pat downs, it seemed that I would never make it up there, unless I finally made an effort, however, becoming the Brand Ambassador for THE WILD GEESE® Irish Soldiers & Heroes presented me with a lovely opportunity to go.

My first day was your typical pre-show stuff – meeting our booth model Nourit Raphael, a San Francisco beauty, native born and bred, meetings with distributors, reviews of local magazines, a quick change and then off to a special pouring at Swig located on Geary St. This was a great opportunity to meet with the reps of other brands as well as some of the VIP attendees. This also provided me with the opportunity to get to know Douglas Smith, the President of Whiskies of the World and his lovely wife Lana, who were the consummate host and hostess.  It’s amazing what they have built out of an idea to have a party to enjoy some great whiskies. The event was great fun and ended early enough that I could indulge in my favorite past time before turning in to get ready for the show–a cigar and a good whiskey.IMG_0374

Using my trusty my iPhone, it only took me 2 hours to do a 15 minute walk to find the Occidental Cigar Bar. I shall remember next time to turn on the compass when following the Google map – I learned that the streets of San Francisco are laid out at intersecting angles, and while you may walk a straight line, that straight line crossing at a light will put you on a completely different street – it really was a 15 minute walk, only I kept getting lost.  Though in my meandering, I did manage to see a parade of bicyclists on Market Street including a naked man wearing nothing more than a stocking cap on his head–which caused me to wonder…is there such thing as too much self esteem?

I finally arrived at the Occidental Cigar Bar and found it to be a wonderful little refuge of the best kind of vices – cigars, whiskey, wine, a great jukebox and the only bar in San Francisco that you can still have a smoke and a drink. I met the owner/bartender – Lance, an incredibly knowledgeable gentleman who knows his whiskies, and if you tell him what you’re smoking, he can pour you something fantastic that matches your smoke perfectly. Getting to know Lance after he poured me something lovely (as he regretfully did not have THE WILD GEESE® in stock – something that was quickly remedied after he tried us at the show), he mentioned that he was building an Irish Whiskey Collection.

Chaney (former LA native and) Manager/Head Bartende of Cigar Bar & Grill in San Francisco, showing off his new UNTAMED tattoo – look for THE WILD GEESE® Irish Soldiers & Heroes Classic Blend coming soon to their location

IMG_0375As of this past Monday, the Occidental Cigar Bar is officially carrying THE WILD GEESE® Irish Soldiers & Heroes Classic and Single Malt. Please stop in and ask Lance or Rick for a taste and tell them I sent you.

The other wonderful thing about San Francisco is its community. Lance graciously arranged for me to meet with the Bar Manager/Head Bartender of Cigar Bar & Grill, a beautiful club, where you can have a cigar and a drink on their outside patio. Ben and Chaney not only liked the tasting but were also excited about the many cocktails you can mix with the Classic, as unlike Occidental Cigar Bar – they do make cocktails.

On Monday, Nourit graciously played hostess with her lovely friend Elyse, and they took me around to see the sites.  Though it was your typical San Francisco weather, I did manage to snap the picture of the Golden Gate bridge above. For more pictures of the Whiskies of The World Show please see our Facebook Page.

Whiskies of The World, San Francisco – 26th March 2011

THE WILD GEESE® Irish Whiskey – sold in North and Central America under the ‘brand name’ THE WILD GEESE® Irish Soldiers & Heroes – was showcasing at Whiskies of the World in San Francisco last weekend.

The event was great fun and we were astounded by the response The Collection received from the public. Its really great to see people enjoying the whiskey and connecting with the story that inspires it.-21

‘This Whiskey made a soldier out of me’
The story of the Flight of the Wild Geese is a key driving force behind our brand, and we really enjoy sharing it with the consumer. Continue reading “Whiskies of The World, San Francisco – 26th March 2011”

The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey featured in ‘Meregalli Magazine’

The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey turned up a few weeks ago, on our Italian distributors’ blog – Meregalli Magazine. Meregalli suggested including The Wild Geese® Single Malt in St. Patrick’s Day recipes, to help papas across the world celebrate the Irish national holiday.
But with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, the ideal gift may lay in the range of sophisticated Cocktail recipes of The Wild Geese®. The Whiskey market is growing rapidly, and with this comes innovative new ways to enjoy the unique taste Irish whiskey has to offer. Our female demographic is continuing to grow, proving that this is a whiskey for modern times. Continue reading “The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey featured in ‘Meregalli Magazine’”

The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey in Singapore 17-19 March

THE WILD GEESE® Irish Whiskey Collection was mingling in Singapore over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, bringing the ‘taste of home’ to crowds at a chain of Indochine bars. The weekend was a massive success and seeing people over 6000 miles away enjoying the Collection put smile on everyone in the London office. Continue reading “The Wild Geese® Irish Whiskey in Singapore 17-19 March”