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Humble Beginnings...

Like more than a few good things in life, my whisky passion started with a dram, a dram of whisky on my wedding day. It was nothing fancy mind, just an aptly named “Founders Reserve”.  From there I dived deep into the whisky ocean, and went - like a lot of you I imagine - on a wonderful journey of discovery.  A journey not just of taste, places, and special moments in time...but of whisky people and their stories.

Whisky is a wonderful medicine. When treated with respect, it brings people together, and encourages community, sharing and enjoyment.  Whisky stimulates creativity and its appreciation. It can open up the heart and stir the soul. 


From just the three simple ingredients of barley, water, and yeast, and then through a romantic industrial - or even alchemical process - beautiful spirit emerges to be filled into casks, and rests there for time and wood to work their magic.  Later, sometimes much later, design & bottling occurs. Only then comes the special moment for us all to taste and discover this water of life.  

East Coast Whisky represents the continuation of this journey, into sharing with you what whisky is out there, the experiences and stories it brings, and the people it meets along its way.

There will be blogging, tastings, whisky meals, festivals, cask bottling, and more as we journey to maturation.

Our focus is coastal and local, as myself and the team are based in East Lothian and Edinburgh, Scotland. Yet we are open to all who form this global whisk(e)y community, near and far.

So welcome, pour yourself a #dramotheday and enjoy!!!

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As well as the might Bulloch Collection being enjoyed this Saturday 13th, we have another couple of tastings coming up for friends of East Coast Whisky in May & June, with more to be announced soon!! If you would like to join any of these, either email us, find us on WhatsApp, or dm through IG @eastcoastwhisky to find out how. We meet on Zoom, and also record the sessions, so you can still take part even if you can't make it for the live event!!

Mortlach Madness - Coming Soon in June

A superb line-up of 8 majestic Mortlach's, perfect for a Sunday evening:

29yo Cadenhead’s 1987 52.9%

32yo SMWS 76.146 1987 50.7%

22yo Milroy’s 1999 54.7%

18yo Cross Hill 1988 59.2%

33yo Adelphi 1989 48%

30yo Douglas Laing 1989 52.4%

25yo Silver Seal 1989 52.4%

23yo Rare Malts 1972 59.4%

Paradise by the dashboard light... a celebration of East Coast Whisky Tours, past, present & future!! - Friday 31st May 7.30pm

An eclectic, and delicious selection, featuring drams either inspired by or collected on tour; or indeed offering a glimpse into our collective future...there will be boats!!!

21yo Arran Lochranza Castle 47.2%

22yo Clynelish 1996 C.Dully 54.7%

25yo Cragganmore 1975 D.Laing 50%

Balvenie 19yo Burnhead Wood 48.7%

NAS 30 Blended Malt 45.1%

30yo Highland Park 1985 Silver Seal 51%

28yo Highland Park 1988 Cadenhead’s 49.6%

28yo Scapa 1993 57.6%

30yo Mortlach Seventies 45%

The Hearach Batch 1.8 46%

11yo Talisker 1988 D.Laing 50%

Port Ellen (PE5) early eighties/2011 57.9%

...why paradise...? Well it's a homage to the wonderful modes of transport we have already enjoyed getting all over Scotland. Most recently our vans that stood up to the storms of Orkney, and helped us retrieve this very fine Scapa!! Also this is the first Port Ellen featured in one of our tastings. All of these drams are superb. So don't delay if you want to join!!

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Updated: Feb 23

Hot on the heals of last November's Speyside extravaganza, we are now taking a smaller group to the Mainland of Orkney in March, there to enjoy wonderful whiskies and inspiring sights.

The tour will include a whole day of Highland Park experiences, including special tastings. This is particularly timely, as the distillery closes for refurbishment at the end of March. There will also be a private tour of Scapa, again with exclusive tasting. We will also visit some of the World's finest neolithic archeology, different setting to enjoy some rare whisky at or in!! Then there will be the customary epic East Coast Whisky dinner(s), as well as some other fine drams along the way.

The tour cost £1100 and includes all of the above and ground transport, just not your flights, accommodation and other food. All you have to do is get to the Highland Park Bar at The Kirkwall Hotel by 9pm on Thursday 21st!!

More information is available on request. There is currently only 1 place left, so please get in touch very soon if you would like to join us.


or at least some of them that we will be enjoying. Also if you would like to try them, and can't travel, get in touch ASAP for how to!!

1963 Avery’s 15yo 86.8p

1966 Orkney 20yo 43%

1967 The Dragon 20yo 53%

1967 Saybrex 39yo 57.6%

1973 The Ship 37yo 50.6%

1973 Adelphi 23yo 53.5%

1974 Ambassador Cask 5 34yo 41.5%

1975 Signatory 19yo 53.5%

1976 Brodgar 17yo 55%

1981 TWA Mushroom 30yo 52.2%

1981 Dewar Rattray 24yo 51.5%

1982 G&M 40yo 51.5%

1987 G&M 35yo 56.9%

1991 Signatory 32yo 53.4%

1992 Artful Dodger 28yo 46.6%

1998 RMW 25yo 49.6%

1999 TWA Queen Bee 51.7%

2001 19yo 52.5%

2006 TBWC 90 seconds to midnight 17yo 55.5%

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Come to Speyside and be enthralled by three days and four nights of the finest drams, whisky adventure, & above all great company!!

Thursday 2nd November - arrive at the Station Hotel in Rothes.

Friday 3rd November - a day at Balvenie & Glenfiddich, followed by an evening at The Highlander, Craigellachie.

Saturday 4th November - a day exploring Speyside, with special stops at Cardhu & Cragganmore. In the evening the annual already legendary East Coast Whisky dinner.

Sunday 5th November - a whisky land-rover safari of illicit whisky stills in Glenlivet, & bothy whisky tasting atop a mountain. Special secret tasting later in the day, and more!

Monday 6th November - return to civilisation a changed person!!

Sounds great right?!! Well after Brora & Dornoch last year, I've had to create something - with a little help from my friends - equally special.

To join us (there are only 4 or 5 spaces left) it's £1000 inclusive for the activities above (excepting your food and drinks unless in official tastings & visits) The range of reasonable accomodation you cover. Minimum deposit is £300 with the rest due at latest beginning of September. Either email me ( or WhatsApp to get in, and I will then also connect you with the hotel.

I expect this to sell out, just a week after the WhatsApp east coast whisky groups announcement, we are already ¾ full!! Be great to have you come join, wether you are new to all things East Coast Whisky, or one of our well seasoned professionals.


Frederick Maitland

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