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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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Having had a hugely enjoyable online Cheese & Whisky evening back in May, we are happy to bring you our Festive Cheese and Whisky offering.


This will include 4 especially selected cheeses, 8 drams, your condiments, a dual online masterclass (with tasting notes), and (if you book before November 19th) Svetlana's The Cheese Connoisseur's Handbook. Quite the festive package to be home delivered to you!!


To book your place, and for more information, please head over to https://thecheeselady.co.uk/collections/public-events/products/festive-cheese-and-whisky-tasting


The Whiskies

For this tasting, I've once again picked a whole range of different drams that will go well with the cheeses, from sweet, to peat, to grassy, to sherry and smoke. So we will enjoy anCnoc 12, Bruichladdich Organic 2009, Benrinnes 19, Glen Elgin 24, Balblair 15, Old Pulteney 15, Bruichladdich 13, Ardmore 21.


This will be another memorable evening, I am still obsessed with Roquefort, from last time. If you are passionate or brand new to cheese and whisky flavour pairings, we look forward to welcoming you there.


Cheers,


Frederick & Svetlana

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Updated: Nov 16


The final East Coast Whisky tasting event of 2021, is a celebration of community and a welcoming in of a special year ahead. This is one helluva tasting, comprising 10 wonderful drams, and the usual great, great company. It has been a pleasure to curate, and will be even better to share. Here’s to the whisky GOATS & gods, and especially all of you!!


The Drams

Balmenach 30, Blair Athol 30, Balvenie 26, Royal Lochnagar 26, Dailuaine 34

The Glenlivet 34, Linkwood 28, Isle of Jura 30, Bunnahabhain 42 + The Mystery Bottle!!


The Details


The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm on Friday 17th December (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards). The tasting is designed to be informative, yet informal, people really enjoy the fact that everyone can join in, and there is no whisky snobbery or show-offs!!


The TEN drams will be sent to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the week before the event. (Please note, the drams may have a slight variation in size, as some of the bottles are from the East Coast Whisky collection).


This tasting costs £150 inclusive of p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request). Places are limited so please book early. (An approximate bar cost of this tasting would be at least £600 for the drams alone)


To join, please pay: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, & FS 2021 in the notes. If you wish, you can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.


If this is your first tasting, please also email your name and address to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com


We also have a lively & eclectic whisky chat room on WhatsApp, again email if you are interested in joining this crew.


It has been a long year, with much happening, but this group of whisky enthusiasts, and these phenomenal tastings we have enjoyed together, have for me been one of the greatest things of 2021. THANK YOU ALL, and lets see this year out together online in style!!


Cheers,


Frederick Maitland

#dramotheday @eastcoastwhisky




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Updated: Nov 16

I am delighted to announce a joint online whisky tasting hosted by East Coast Whisky and Gordon & Macphail. This tasting will explore the wonders of their Connoisseurs Choice range, and feature their brand ambassador Fraser Robson, alongside myself, Frederick Maitland.


We have selected 8 special drams, four from each of us, as well as a mystery dram to be revealed on the night. Please note that four of these drams are from closed distilleries (or at least from a part of the distillery that is long gone!).


The Drams

Fraser's selection

That's a sexy LITTLEMILL, a tasty TORMORE, a sherried IMPERIAL, and a 31yo CAOL ILA...wow!!


Frederick's Selection

An exclusive HIGHLAND PARK, a '73 BALMENACH, a 1983 TEANINICH, CONVALMORE...and a mystery bottle!!!


The Details


The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm on Friday 26th November (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards). The tasting is designed to be informative, yet informal, people really enjoy the fact that everyone can join in, and there is no whisky snobbery or show-offs!!


The NINE drams will be sent to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the week before the event. (Please note, the drams will have a slight variation in size, as

some of the bottles are from the East Coast Whisky collection).


This tasting costs £95 inclusive of p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request). Places are limited so please book early. Whilst there are now no spaces left, there is a waiting list, in case of cancellation, please email dram@eastcoastwhisky.com if interested.


To join, please pay: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, & either "The Choice" in the notes. If you wish, you can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.


If this is your first tasting, please also email your name and address to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com


For me this is one of this years standout tastings, it is a privilege to work on a joint event with Gordon & Macphail, who recently celebrated their 125th Anniversary. I really hope you can join this one, and there are still TWO more online tastings to come this year...watch this space!!


Cheers,


Frederick Maitland

@eastcoastwhisky

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