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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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Another month, another amazing tasting for you!! This time The Balvenie featuring their global brand ambassador, Charlie Metcalfe. It is going to be some night!!


The Drams

That’s right, that’s 10 specially curated drams from right across the ages of Balvenie, as well as a very fine 1974 Signatory Vintage & the old Classic 18, all for your enjoyment!!


The Details


Now don’t delay, there are only 10 places left of this 35 set tasting!!


The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 10th June (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).


The tasting is informative, yet informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm rather than their ego’s!!


The 10 BALVENIE 15ml drams will be mailed to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. International shipping is available upon request. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.


This event is £140 (all inclusive). There is also an 8 dram option for £110 which is 8 drams (less the 1974 & the TUN 1401)


Please pay: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, & Balvenie in the notes. You can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.


If this is your first tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com


I had the most amazing trip round Balvenie last year with Charlie, so I am thrilled that we could get him involved, and really go to town on this amazing malt.


Frederick Maitland

@eastcoastwhisky

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Another month brings another closed distillery tasting. This time it is MILLBURN's turn for some proper appreciation. I’ve been gathering these bottles for a couple of years now, so I am really excited to be able to now present to you (one of) Inverness’s finest, for your particular enjoyment. These are stunning Highland whisky drams….


The Drams

As you can see, these are many of the finest Millburn drams you can try, including the legendary Rare Malts 35 & the Cadenhead’s 31, real whisky treats!! All from the mid-seventies or earlier.


The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 27th May (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm rather than their ego’s!!

The 8 MILLBURN 15ml drams will be mailed to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. International shipping is available upon request. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.


This event is £150 (all inclusive).


There are now only 6 places left, so please book ASAP


Please pay: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, & Millburn in the notes. You can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.


Also, if this is your first tasting, please email your name, address, & contact telephone number to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com


To get the jump on these tastings and for general whisky chat, why not join the EAST COAST WHISKY CLAN on WhatsApp? To do so just email me your mobile and we will get you set up asap!!


Has anyone done a Millburn vertical online tasting before? Probably not...this is going to be ace!! Hope to see you there.


Cheers,


Frederick

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Updated: May 3

ONLY 4 Spaces Left, so book soon to avoid dissapointment!!


Following on from the success of the online charity tasting event (£6000+ raised for Ukraine so far), I am delighted to host a food, whisky and raffle night at The Edinburgh Larder (15 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NB) on Friday 13th May. This will be the first live in person whisky event, that I've hosted in exactly 26 months. How appropriate that we can finally come together, and raise money for those caught up in the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine in this way.


The Whiskies

Count them, that's fourteen incredible drams. Collectors & Companies have been so so generous...

Clynelish, Jura, Secret Blend, Scapa, Secret Islay, Benromach, Highland Park

Bunnahabhain '73, Wolfburn for Ukraine, Springbank, Ledaigs, Port Dundas,

The Balvenie


The Food


The Edinburgh Larder is planning a feast for us, their proposed menu!!…


Starter - Smoked salmon, New potato salad, picked beetroot and dill oil

Main - spring lamb rump, creamy mash, grilled apricot pure, charred spring onions and fresh peas

Dessert - dark chocolate torte with rhubarb sorbet (a couple of Scottish cheese as an alternative)


The Raffle


As well as 20cl+ of each of the above bottles, attendees will also have the chance to win some or all of these beauties, for the price of a £20 raffle ticket!! And there will be some other surprises too.


The Details


The evening will start at 7pm - please arrive promptly - and finishes at around 1opm.


Tickets are £100, which includes everything and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at £20 per ticket, either when you buy your ticket, or on the night for cash.


Tickets & extra raffle tickets can be purchased through PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky (please use friends & family).


Please give generously. Funds raised will be going to https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal


When you purchase, please also email me how many tickets, and how many raffle tickets you have bought to dram@eastcoastwhisky


Places are limited to 25 people, and there are only 4 left!!


I am really looking forward to this magical evening, please come, and also spread the word about this very special and generous event!! Support UKRAINE #peacenow

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