St Patrick’s Day 2014: It’s A Long Way To The Tipperary But Our Heart’s Right There

P1010677The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London. Steeped in Irish heritage, it has been a haven for Wild Geese for hundreds of years and a remarkable taste of home. And now we’ve flocked behind the bar! Yes, The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey* is now served in London’s oldest Irish pub, just in time for St Patrick’s Day!

The Tipperary was first built in 1300, on the side of a monastery where the monks brewed ale.

In 1605 it was transformed into ‘The Boar’s Head’. It’s stood the test of time, surviving the Great Fire of London having been built of stone and brick, rather then wood.

It came under Irish ownership in around 1700, becoming the first Irish pub outside of Ireland. It was fitted out in traditional Irish style, including a clock by Thomas Tompion.

Following the First World War, the printers returning from the war had the pub named ‘The Tipperary’, inspired by the war song, ‘It’s A Long Way’, and the name remains today.

Today The Tipperary is run by Steve Rowlands, who has a huge passion for fine spirits. The interior retains the original Irish character and behind the bar now sits The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection. It’s a great place to enjoy The Wild Geese this St Patrick’s Day!

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The Tipperary’s owner Steve Rowloands with The Wild Geese Collection*

** Outside North America The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Irish Whiskey Collection is sold under the ‘brand name’ of ‘The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection’

St Patrick’s Day 2014: Meeting Today’s Wild Geese

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we’ve met some of today’s Wild Geese, who have reflected on what it means to be Irish abroad.

In 1691 Patrick Sarsfield and his followers left Ireland. They took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Although many did not see Ireland again, they kept Ireland in their hearts while they achieved extraordinary feats in their host communities.

This story continues today with Wild Geese still making valuable contributions while living and working away from Ireland. Full of ambition and determination, their Untamed Irish spirit shine through.

Meet some today’s Wild Geese in London! Cormac Redmond, Ian McKeown, Vashit Curran and Mick Kelly who work at the famous Waxy O’Connor’s and Karen Houlihan and Robert Murray from the stylish Bentley Oyster Bar & Grill, who were good enough to share their own stories with us.

Click to discover more on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWildGeeseIrishSoldiersAndHeroes

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Men of Action: George Washington’s St Patrick’s Day

In 1787, reflecting on his travels in North America, George Grieve noted:

‘On more than one imminent occasion, Congress owed their existence, and America possibly her preservation, to the fidelity and firmness of the Irish’

The Irish were already prominent members of American communities by the time the American Revolution started. Sympathising with the plight that America faced, many Irish soldiers flocked to the support of George Washington and his commanders and joined the fight for freedom.

These Wild Geese quickly became the largest immigrant group in the Continental Army. It is thought that they made up one quarter of the fighting force. France sent support as the revolution intensified and the first troops it sent were the regiments Dillon, Walsh and Roche of the Irish Brigade. Irish soldiers were a familiar yet formidable force on the battlefields, and played their parts in forming the new nation of America. As George Grieve noted their contributions were many and they pursued the path to freedom with courage and determination.

The Marquis de Lafayette noted this contribution in 1779, saying:

‘May the kingdom of Ireland merit a stripe in the American Standard’

 

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But toward the end of 1779, the soldiers fighting in the revolutionary war faced the bleakest winter yet. General George Washington set up camp in Morristown, New Jersey. Snowstorms were commonplace and in this harsh climate the Continental Army was hungry and cold. Morale was low.

After months of these conditions, General Washington recognised that his troops needed to rest and it was important to reinvigorate moral. The key to this was St. Patrick’s Day.

Many of the soldiers in the camp were Irish or held Irish ancestry, with the regiments from Pennsylvania and Maryland thought to be nearly half Irish. Seven of the eleven brigades were commanded by generals either born in Ireland or with Irish ancestry. So it seemed appropriate to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Washington declared the 17th March 1780 as an r&r day for the camp, awarding the holiday ‘as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence’.

Today it is thought there are over 50 million people of Irish ancestry in the USA and St Patrick’s Day is celebrated throughout the country.

New Cocktail Video: The Bentley

Shay from Elixir is back with another cocktail recipe – The Bentley. Based on an Old Fashioned cocktail mix, Shay uses our Rare Irish and brings you an Untamed flavour you don’t want to miss!

 

New Cocktail Video: The Tipperary

Shay is one of the star barmen at Elixir in San Francisco. He mixed up a sensational cocktail using our Classic Blend – The Tipperary. It’s a classic cocktail with a Wild twist.

Check out our video and treat yourself to the The Tipperary.

2013-03-17_TWGISAH-Elixir_1519-38152 oz. Classic Blend whiskey
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. green Chartreuse
Ice cubes

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: lemon twist

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

 

Tasting Notes with H. Joseph Ehrmann (Bar Manager at Elixir, San Francisco)

We were the proud sponsors of the 10th Annual St Patrick’s Day Party at Elixir in San Francisco. Elixir is regarded as one of the best saloon bars in the world. It’s steeped in history and great place to hang out with experienced bar tenders who know a great drink when they see one.

Elixir’s bar manager, H. Joseph Ehrmann talks us through our Collection of Irish Whiskeys as we share with you highlights from this fantastic weekend!

‘It’s nice to have a range of expressions in an Irish whiskey. I really enjoy the Single Malt in particular. The Classic Blend I’ve made in a lot of different cocktails, it mixes really well and holds up as a nice hot whiskey. All in all I would say that I’m really impressed with the line’

New Cocktail Video: The Saint

In case you’re struggling to make our new St Patrick’s Day cocktail, The Saint – fear not!

Click to watch Joe Gunner from the Portobello Star in London guide you through making this special cocktail to wow your friends this St Patrick’s Day!

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THE SAINT
50mls The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Classic Blend Irish Whiskey
12.5mls Vanille De Madagascar or vaneilla liqueur
75mls Apple Juice
10mls Cinnamon Syrup

Method:
Shake ingredients and strain into a tall glass full of ice, garnish with an apple fan.

St Patrick’s Day Cocktail: The Saint

Enjoy this cocktail wherever you are this St Patrick’s Day. It’s easy to make at home and perfect to celebrate with friends!

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THE SAINT
50ml The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Classic Blend Irish Whiskey
12.5MLS vanille De Madagascar or vanilla liqueur
75mls Apple Juice
10mls Cinnamon Syrup

Shake ingredients and strain into a tall glass full of ice, garnish with an apple fan.

Remember The Wild Geese on March 17th

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The St Patrick’s Day celebrations have always been important to Wild Geese found throughout the world.

Traditionally, it was a special feast in Ireland, a day for prayer and remembrance. But over time, as many Wild Geese travelled to all corners of the world, St Patrick’s Day became a time for those abroad to connect with their countrymen and remember Ireland: a celebration of the bonds of solidarity.

Solidarity bound The Wild Geese together in 1691. United under their beautiful dream of freedom for everyone, they chose to leave Ireland, thinking they had secured liberty for their country. As they boarded ships bound for France they took the name The Wild Geese in the hope and belief that this would be a temporary strategic exile.

Today St Patrick’s Day incorporates everyone. Its a day that the world can stand together and celebrate the important bonds of the courageous. On this day everyone is a little bit Irish.

Wherever you are in the world, if you are of Irish descent you are part of this story and entitled to call yourself Wild Geese.

The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Now Available at TheWhiskyShop.com

You can now order The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes from The Whisky Shop USA!

 

www.thewhiskyshopusa.com

The Whisky Shop USA HQ is in San Francisco, but they can also deliver across the USA.

The Whisky Shop San Francisco
360 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Earlier in the year, we ran two tastings leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, where consumers loved getting to know The Collection. Here are some of our favourites.