ECW Social Squares3
EC Images7
EC Images5
EC Images6
EC Images2
EC Images3
EC Images4

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!!!

  • East Coast Whisky

Updated: Jan 8

Anyway else looking forward to 2021? Well I created this tasting to get the year started...properly!! We will enjoy...

Blue Label Legendary Eight, the limited edition blend created from distilleries that were around when Johnnie Walker began 200 years ago.

Glenturret 27, bottled by Adelphi in 2014! A first Glenturret for my tastings, and its delicious.

Glenlossie 24, Cadenheads. New to Glenlossie? This is a great place to start.

Magic Duck/Secret Speyside 28, Whisky-Fässle. Can we work out the distillery? (Possibly Glen Keith?)

Clynelish 22 by The Nectar, sherried Clynelish, a proper dram!

Braes of Glenlivet 16 from 1979, Signatory Vintage...if you know whisky you will know this is a rare one, and one you need to try.

Jura (of course) 29 from 1988, SMWS 31.36, going to be Jura part 2 tasting in a couple of months, but couldn't resist sharing this one now, its good!!

Bunnahabhain 27 from 1989, Cadenheads, a beautiful whisky to round out the evening.

Interested? This all happens on Zoom, from 7.30-10pm, on Friday 22nd January. It costs £80 inc. p&p for the tasting ((including the 8 drams (25ml pocket bottles)).

To join please pay including "W4A7" and your current mailing address in the notes. If you are new to these please email too, so I'll have your address to send the Zoom link and tasting notes too before the event.

There are now 14 of 30 places left.


Frederick Maitland

307 views1 comment

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has supported East Coast Whisky over this last year. Who knew Zoom whisky tastings would become a great thing, or that from taking interesting photos of special whiskies, I could get 5350+ Instagram followers for that #dramotheday!!

Anyway I want to give something back to you for East Coast Whisky's last online public tasting event of 2020, so I have selected a very special collection of 8 bottles for you to try. These are as follows:

A 1973 Cragganmore 29yo special edition, 52.5%

The 2020 Special Release 1989 Dalwhinnie 30yo, 51.9%

A 1973 Teaninich 33yo from Murray McDavid, 55.9%

A 1981 Dallas Dhu 29yo from Duncan Taylor, 53.0%

A 1989 Mortlach 30yo from Douglas Laing XOP, 52.4%

A 1984 Glen Grant 31yo from Cadenhead's, 46.1%

The 1994 Longrow 25yo from Cadenhead's, 52.1%

Laphroaig 30, 2020, The Ian Hunter Story book 2, 48.2%

A fine few drams I reckon to see out this year, and welcome in the new.

I am offering this tasting at cost to you, so £140 all inclusive for UK first class posting. Contact me if in Europe for DPD.

This event is SOLD OUT, thank you!!

The tasting session will start at 7.30pm until 10pm on Friday 18th December (please note the new later start time). I will email everyone a Zoom link and tasting notes, before the event. I will also record the evening if you can't make it.

The 8 drams come in 25ml pocket bottles, safely packed and tracked to you.

I look forward to sharing a magical whisky evening with you.

Frederick Maitland

347 views0 comments

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

November brings two great online whisky tastings. The Ultimate Ardmore Vertical on Friday 13th, and the super value Whisky For All #6 "Firework Feast" on Friday 27th:

Ultimate Ardmore - Friday 13th November

If you like HIGHLAND peat as much as I do, then the Ardmore vertical is for you, and it includes NINE drams this time for £80 including p&p.

As you can see it's all Indy Ardmore from 9 to 26 years of age. Highlights include the 1985 SMWS "Pink Ladies and Dark Chocolate", and the Samaroli 1977.

If you are interested please book using ASAP, including your name and address to where the dram box should be sent.

If this is your first time. please also send me your email address for the Zoom link & tasting notes. The tasting will run from 7-9.30pm, and will be recorded for you to watch later, in case you can't make it.

Whisky for All #6 - "Firework Feast" - Friday 27th November

Serious drams for serious whisky drinkers. These are all great & delicious drams, its hard to pick highlights, but a 28 year old Mortlach, a rum casked Dalmore, and a PX 18 Limited Edition Bunnahabhain, definitely stand out!!

This 8 dram tasting is priced £80 inclusive of postage and packing: #Clynelish #GlenGrant #Dalmore #Longmorn #GlenFarclas #Mortlach #BlairAthol #Bunnahabhain

As above: If you are interested please book using ASAP, including your name and address to where the dram box should be sent.

If this is your first time. please also send me your email address for the Zoom link & tasting notes. The tasting will run from 7.30-9.45pm, and will be recorded for you to watch later, in case you can't make it.


261 views0 comments


East Lothian & Edinburgh


07875 518 069

Room full of whisky cabinets storing dif

07875 518 069

©2020 by East Coast Whisky