I’m Susanne, the person behind Irish drams.
I’m Swedish but moved to West Cork, Ireland, in early 2019. You may wonder why since Sweden is described as such a fabulous country. It sure is beautiful there in many areas, but for me, for various reasons, West Cork is where I feel most at home and have the most quality of life.
While I try to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, I try to develop a freelance translation service, write blog posts, work on becoming more fluent in Italian, create photos and fiddle with websites. I also quite frequently noodle around with tunes on a concertina or sing sad songs with the guitar.
I’d love to somehow work with something whiskey-related but have no good ideas yet about how to achieve that, so I’ll just write about it for a while.
I have a great interest in and enthusiasm for whiskey. This interest began around 2012 in a Swedish whisky (yes, without the “e” because it was all about Scotch there) club where I had attended a few tastings; I was fascinated by the creativity in whisk(e)y making, how much variety there is in flavours and characters because of variations in distillation, location, ingredients, cask types and more. I wanted to learn more about it and absorbed all the knowledge I came across, mainly through tastings but also through blog posts and books. Eventually, I went to Ireland to attend the two-day workshop Irish whiskey academy at Midleton distillery (highly recommended!) and it was after that I started this blog.
I’m by no means an expert, but definitely an enthusiast. I began writing this blog without a plan really, at the time I wanted to promote Irish whiskey in Sweden but for various reasons chose to write in English (at this moment I’m working on making a Swedish version of all posts too). I started the blog to promote Irish whiskey to the world because I thought it seemed so underestimated, but also because writing about it is a good way to learn about it.
Sadly since I started the blog I have often been very busy and haven’t been able to give the blog the love and dedication that it should have had. But I hope to change that now.
I’m not a journalist, nor an expert of the industry, so if you’re looking for in-depth articles you probably won’t find them here, at least not for now. But you’ll find simple and honest reviews about whiskeys I come across, and I will also write about distilleries I visit or other whiskey companies I want to mention. It will probably also happen that I write down some reflections regarding whiskey.