A Letter from Ireland:

Irish Whiskey – A Drop of the “Water of Life” (#103)


Welcome to Season 1, Episode 3 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina and Mike Collins take a wander along the “Story of Irish Whiskey” – but ending up in “The Green Fields of France”.

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We are delighted to bring you the third episode of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from a cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and to dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

Listen to the Audio.

You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button (the triangle with the circle around it) below.You can also download the show onto your computer by clicking on the download button. Enjoy!

Read The Letters.

In this episode, Mike and Carina read from two of our letters from Ireland. Click on the titles below to see the full transcript of each letter so you can read along:

Letter 1: Have You Ever Had A Drop of Irish Whiskey? 

In this letter, we chat about the history – and resurgence – of Irish Whiskey. A great success story that continues….

Letter 2: A Drop of Irish Cognac – and a Wandering Story or Two.

In this letter, we go on a bit of a wander. Starting off in County Sligo – but then heading off to green fields of France. All spurred on by a letter from a reader who is based in Florida.

Join The Conversation.

Do feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Slán for now,

Mike and Carina.


  • Carolyn H born Oliver says:

    Mike your voice stops when I try to see the letter.

  • Robert K O'Neill says:

    I really enjoyed the two radio presentations of drop of whiskey and cognac. Mike and Carina.

  • Regina Fallace says:

    I’m curious how popular Irish Cream is in Ireland. A drink like Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur is popular in my family. I’m hoping your answer will indicate that America hasn’t been fooled into thinking something is Irish and actually isn’t, but it tastes really good regardless your answer!

  • I am listening to your nice letters about the Irish Whiskey. I am enjoying it I also enjoyed the poem to. Mike and Corina, you both are doing good on reading the letters. I had my Birthday on Friday May 20, 2016. I have never had a drop of Irish Whiskey. It sounds like you both have done a lot of traveling through Ireland. I hope I will get to Ireland some day. The Donaghy Family came from Ireland. I am a Donaghy. I love my Irish Sure name. I`m proud to be Irish and being a Donaghy. Thank you Mike, and Corina on reading those 2 nice letters on the Irish Whiskey, Bless you both. Alice

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