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!!!

  • Frederick Maitland

With tickets already selling well after launching this on Instagram yesterday, here is the letter I am sending out to all those who are interested. Please feel free to email me if this also piques your curiosity!!:

Hi there,

Thank you for expressing interest in joining East Coast Whisky’s 1st online whisky tasting event, to be hosted on Zoom. There are 2 evenings to choose from in order to keep the space friendly, enjoyable, and intimate. So please specify whether you prefer Friday the 24th of April, or Friday the 1st of May. Numbers will be limited to 12 guests each evening, on a first come first serve basis, so please reply promptly with your choice. The evenings will start at 7pm and finish around 9pm.

The cost of the event is £60, this includes the evening itself, the 6 drams, and all post and packaging. I am running this as a non-profit, which seems the fairest way given the current circumstances we find ourselves in. Payment will be by way of Paypal. So if your happy to proceed, email me your full name, and the address where you can take delivery, and I will issue you a Paypal invoice. Once this is paid, I will mail you the drams first class to be signed for (I live opposite the post office so that is straightforward!!). Remember to specify which night you want to attend. If you just want the drams, that is okay, while stocks last. You can also buy more than one ticket too, each set will be sent separately, so why not invite a friend or two to join in as well?

When I send you the drams, I will email confirmation of shipment and include a Zoom invitation for your evening of choice.

I plan to repeat this every month with 6 new drams, bringing in different flavours and regional profiles.

I was due to be releasing a 19yr old Mortlach and a 15yr old Ardbeg at the end of May, this is now had to be put back, but I will certainly be offering a discount to tasting participants when these get released in due course.

The dram list for this tasting is as follows:

A 28yr old Bladnoch, A 28yr old Mortlach, A 30yr old Blair Athol, A 29yr old Clynelish,

A 25yr old Glen Garioch, and A 33yr old Teaninich.

They are great whiskies from these distilleries, like I wrote previously, from my personal collection. I am looking forward to sharing them with you. Please let me know then if you have any questions, or would like to go ahead and book.

Best wishes,

Frederick Maitland

  • Frederick Maitland

Right now you are probably wishing you had drunk the Jura like I told you too, as it is the cure for all can wish!!

Seriously though we will now no longer meet in person to celebrate life, with whisky and food, for many months. Due to the social shutdown I too have been forced to cancel my events in the physical realm.

However instead of quitting I am transforming! In the coming days I will announce my new online whisky tasting events, in which you buy a ticket and I send you the drams, and then we meet in virtual reality...or at least on Zoom!!

...much more to follow!!

  • Frederick Maitland

It's time to get your tickets for our next event at The Edinburgh Larder, particularly as we have a very special guest, Keith Bonnington from the independent bottlers, the Whisky Illuminati, and the new Scalasaig coastal blended malt amongst others. As well as our customary great drams and Edinburgh Food Social's fine food, Keith will be presenting some of his delicious releases, and discussing all things whisky.

A bit more about Keith:

Keith Bonnington is the founder and owner of The Whisky Cellar, one of Scotland's newest and most exciting independent bottlers. With 18 years' Scotch whisky industry experience, including 11 years at Edrington - the owner of such brands as The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes - Keith set the business up in 2017 to uncover unique and individual casks of whisky and bottle them for consumers to enjoy right across the world. The whiskies are assessed and selected for bottling by a small panel of industry experts with a collective experience of some 200 years in operational and sample room roles. The broad range of skills within the group led to them being named the 'Whisky Illuminati' which the company has taken on as its most prestige independent label, having bottled exquisite single cask whiskies from the likes of Mortlach, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Dalmore, Bowmore, Clynelish and Glentauchers distilleries.

Keith is also a Director of Colonsay Beverages, which recently added whisky to its portfolio of premium gin, vodka and beer. Its Scalasaig label, named after the tiny port village on the Inner Hebridean isle of Colonsay where the company has its base, is produced in a classic maritime style, with peated whiskies selected from island and coastal distilleries, vatted together and finished in fresh dry Oloroso sherry casks. The company are planning to produce their own small batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky within the next three years to the same intriguing sweet-smoky-savoury flavour profile.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!



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