I'm Susanne, the person behind Irish drams.
I don’t claim to be a whiskey* expert, at least not yet, but I’m definitely a whiskey enthusiast. I have a passion for well made whiskey, and a great interest in whiskey making, flavours and aromas. On this blog I’ll write about good Irish whiskeys, new distilleries, new brands, or just simply share my thoughts about different aspects of the world of Irish whiskey.
Becoming a whiskey geek
My genuine interest for whiskey was triggered around 2012 after a few tastings in our local whisky club. The first tastings that caught my interest were with whiskies from Glenmorangie, Gordon & McPhail etc… I was fascinated by how much of a creative art form whiskey making is – so much variety in flavour and character can be created by using variations in the production and maturation methods. I started exploring different types of whiskeys and started learning more about how they are made, what casks have been used, and more.
Getting into Irish whiskey
Since 2016 I’ve wanted to do something more with my interest in whiskey than to just drink – and enjoy – the whiskey itself. I had a plan to eventually start a tasting business in Sweden, and wanted to focus on Irish whiskey, since it’s a niche that is appreciated by many, but actually rather unknown in Sweden. The selection of irish whiskeys in bars and pubs is very poor, and I wanted to promote newer brands and bottlings, and eventually whiskey from the new distilleries.
In April 2017 I attended the Enthusiast package at Irish distiller’s Irish whiskey academy in Midleton. It’s a very good workshop that covers an introduction to their products and how they make their whiskey, and also about wood, cask types and more. It also includes som premium tastings as well as an introduction to blending.
Since I’m moving to Ireland, my plan about tastings is changed for now, but to start somewhere and as an excellent way to learn more about Irish whiskey, I started the blog Irish drams. It has been dormant for a while because of things in life that sadly have to come first, as well as technical issues (now almost solved), but I plan to revive it and to continue writing. There are new distilleries about to open, new bottlings to discover, and other interesting things coming up!
*I know that I'm inconsistent with the spelling of whisk(e)y on this page. I wanted to make things simple since writing it as whisk(e)y gives people hiccups when they read it if the word is mentioned many times. I will throughout this site try to use the spelling without e if I clearly speak about Scotch or Swedish whisky, otherwise simply whiskey.