The Wild Geese Irish Soldiers and Heroes – Rare Irish – Long name, with an even longer taste. This malted blend from the famed Cooley’s distillery in County Louth, Ireland is brand new to the market, and hard to find just about anywhere. If you can though, it is worth it.
A very light gold color, this oak aged spirit is a sharp turn from the dark, heavy, and chewy bourbons that I typically enjoy. It is crisp, light, and fresh, but warming, with a soft, round mouth feel.
This whiskey is smooth and sweet, with a distinct floral bouquet on the nose. The more it breaths and the longer you sip, the aroma and taste of citrus and sweet fruits comes out, but not without a kick. The Rare Irish is one of the sweeter whiskies I have had. The smooth flavors of honey and caramel are what many Irish whiskies are known for, and the Wild Geese stays true to its heritage. An excellent flavor, with notes of cedar, soft woods, and spice, finishing with the tastes of cinnamon and spices instead of the burn associated with more common whiskies.
The Rare Irish is my favorite of the Wild Geese line, but their Limited Edition and Single Malt each have their own qualities and place in your cellar.