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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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Something a little different for you now. A slow Sunday sipping event, with less drams, but more time to savour them and enjoy each others company! The first of these monthly affairs is coming up, and features all Signatory Vintage drams from the Seventies, including Glen Flagler, Linkwood, Glenury Royal, Glenugie & Banff. There will also be a mystery free 6th dram for those of you who haven't signed up already, as the 1973 Blair Athol is already gone.


This tasting will be hosted on Zoom, from 7.30 and run until we are done (probably 9.30/10), but no need to rush right?


It costs £140 for 15mls drams, or £240 for 30mls, inc p&p etc.


You also get £40 off, if you sign up for the Fettercairn/Glen Keith tasting too!


By now you all know what to expect, but if you don't, this is going to be another great night of fine drams and amusing/informative chat, suitable for all. The Zoom link and tasting info will be emailed to you in the days before, and there will be a recording available.


To pay www.paypal.me/ecwhisky friends & family please, or message me for other options.


Just a few spaces left!! So try and confirm by the 8th June if possible.


I'm excited to try something new and mellow with you all, alongside the continuing regular East coast Whisky nights.


Frederick Maitland

@eastcoastwhisky

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Something new for midsummer 2023, the first East Coast Whisky double headed distillery vertical tasting, featuring the exceptional whiskies of two slightly less well known distilleries - FETTERCAIRN & GLEN KEITH. This will be an evening for the serious whisky enthusiast, one who is passionate about broadening their whisky horizons and making new discoveries. All of these drams are excellent, well-aged, and sure to surprise you.


If you would like to join us on FRIDAY 14TH JULY from 7.30pm on ZOOM, you will be most welcome, joining in with good whisky friends for lively and diverse chat, alongside the great whisky.


This 14 dram tasting costs £150 inc. (UK) p&p (or £130 if you would like to leave out the Fettercairn 40). The 15ml sample drams will be mailed to you 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the event. International shipping is also available upon request. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the lead up to the evening.


Please pay using PAYPAL https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, & FeGK in the notes (Please use friends and family if possible). You can also pay by bank transfer, contact me for the details, or by using REVOLUT @ecwhisky.


There are limited places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


If this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com Let me know if you want to join our WhatsApp community, which gives you early access and occasional discounts to these tastings, our tours and other live events.


I have been collecting these gems for a while, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you. Whiskies dont have to come from legendary distilleries to be super tasty, and this will prove that!


Cheers,


Frederick Maitland

@eastcoastwhisky


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First of all thank you to all of you who signed up for Part One of my 50th festivities, it's pretty much sold out already! Now onto June, and Part Two. For this one, in my birthday month, I've really pushed the boat out again. Given how hard it is to secure bottles anymore at auction for a reasonable price, this may be the only opportunity to try some of these beauties...


The Drams



GLENURY ROYAL 1973, 34, Blackadder

DALLAS DHU 1974, 32, Jack Weiber

BALBLAIR 1988, 33, OB Single Cask for LMDW

LOCHSIDE 1981, 30, Berry Bros

TACTICAL (Talisker) 1980, 20, Douglas Laing

LINKWOOD 1973, 47, G&M Private Collection

GLEN GARIOCH 1988, 32, Carn Mor

ISLAY SINGLE MALT 1991, 30, Whisky Jury (Laphroaig)

CLYNELISH 1972, 29, G&M Cask Strength for Japan

CRAIGELLACHIE 1973, 22, Rare Malts

CLYNELISH 1972, 23 Rare Malts

GLENLOCHY 1980, 34, Signatory Vintage

BRORA 2015 Special Releases 37 years old


...That's right, 13 extraordinary drams!


The Details


The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 16th June 2023 (If you can’t make this time, a recording will be available afterwards).


The tasting is informative, yet also informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm!


The 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 clues, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.


This tasting costs £350 inc. (UK) p&p, for the full set, or £225 for the "basic" ten, to which you can then add the GARIOCH for £40, the CLYNELISH 29 for £35, & the BRORA 37 for £50 as you prefer.


For international shipping please email or WhatsApp me to arrange.


There are limited places, so please book/reserve early to avoid disappointment.


Please pay: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, & 50 part 2 in the notes (Please use friends and family if possible). Please also specify which drams you want if you are not getting the complete full set.


You can also pay by bank transfer, contact me for the details, or by using REVOLUT @ecwhisky.


If this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com Let me know if you want to join our WhatsApp community, which gives you early access and occasional discounts to these tastings, our tours and other live events.


As you only turn 50 once in this whisky life, I really wanted to share some of my favourites and in some of my good fortune, for instance in getting hold of that Glen Garioch 1988 32 year old!! Thank you for being part of this journey, whether you choose to join in or not.


Cheers,


Frederick

@eastcoastwhisky




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