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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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A different kind of vertical whisky tasting this month, as we feature a fine selection of 10 whiskies that were bottled especially for the exclusive members club that was the First Cask Whisky Circle. The Circle was run by Direct Wines Ltd and featured some excellent single cask bottles, which were released to its members on a quarterly basis.



The Whiskies


1974 Old Pulteney

1975 Glenrothes

1975 Glendronach

1976 Glen Spey

1976 Tomatin

1977 Dallas Dhu

1981 Glentauchers

1981 Convalmore

1990 Glen Elgin

1991 Mortlach


...a veritable selection of drams, with some standout, knockout ones!! I guarantee you will be amazed!!


The Details


The tasting will be held on Zoom, from 7.30-10pm on Friday 28th May.


The tasting costs £125 inclusive of p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request).

For East Coast Whisky members the cost is £115 (please enquire if you are interested in joining our WhatsApp whisky & more group). Please pay https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, and First Cask in the notes. Then, if this is your first tasting with us, please also email these details to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com The ten 20ml drams will be sent first class in a padded box, signed for, at least a week before the event. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link a couple of days before the evening. Quite a few people have asked for this evening, so I hope it delivers some serious old and rare whisky satisfaction. Cheers, Frederick Maitland


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East Coast Whisky is happy to be teaming up with The Cheese Lady, Haddington, to present a spectacular evening of delicious cheeses and some fine whisky to go with them. This is the follow up to a fun live event we co-hosted a couple of years ago, only this time we will all meet online!!


The Whiskies (chosen with Cheese in mind!!)

Mortlach 17 from Hidden Spirits Italy. A delicious Mortlach from a couple of years back, the perfect way to start the evening.


Glenburgie 22 from The Single Malts of Scotland. This has just been released, and continues our exploration of lesser know Speysiders. It is deserving of the plaudits it has been gaining.


The Glenrothes 24, casked in ex-Zinfandel, brings the best of both worlds. I've been keeping this for such an evening.


GlenDronach 12. Bringing the sherry influence now, this is a perfect wee dram from a Pedro Ximenez Puncheon.


Tomatin Distillery Exclusive. Oloroso casked, this will blow your mind, especially when paired with cheese!!


Clynelish 9, SMWS 26.166. Lightly Peated Clynelish is a rare beast, and as this has also just been released, will not have featured in an online Whisky & Cheese tasting before!!!


BIG PEAT 25, Gold Edition, Douglas Laing. Islay Blended Malt Whisky, is a sumptuous way to see out such an evening as this!!


The Cheeses (chosen with these whiskies in mind!!)


You will have to attend to discover what these are. However you will taste 5 of them, and they will also come with accompaniments!


The Details


The evening will run from 7 - 9.30pm, on Thursday 20th May, on Zoom. This can be recorded if you can’t make that date. Svetlana will introduce the cheeses, and I will the whiskies. There will be time for community and chat too, particularly at the end.

The tasting costs £110 including p&p. For this you will receive a whisky dram box (7*20ml samples), and a lovely cheese box, these will each be sent to you separately.

To join, please pay https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, and "Cheese2" in the notes. If this is your first tasting with us, please also email these to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com

The dram box will be sent first class, signed for, a week before the event. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link in the lead up to the event.


Any further questions, or to join the East Coast Whisky Chat WhatsApp group, please email me. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 20th May.


Cheers,


Frederick & Svetlana


10 of 23 places remaining



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It’s time for another Whisky for All, the ninth in the series, and the first one to feature 10 unique and delicious drams.


To be held on Friday 30th April, from 7.30 - 10pm, on Zoom. If you can’t make this date, there will be a recording available afterwards!


The Drams

Port Dundas 27 - a juicy grain from 5yrs ago!!

Glen Ord Artisan NAS - easy drinking distillery exclusive.

Aultmore 21 - a delicious discovery from Cadenheads.

Aberfeldy 17 - hand filled at the distillery 3 yrs ago, special Highland gold.

Blair Athol 21 - another Highland cracker from A.D. Rattray.

Longmorn 23 - a rare rum casked Longmorn from the devils of Campbeltown!

Glen Garioch 25 - a personal favourite from Cadenhead’s 175th anniversary.

Highland Park 21 - XOP & a beautiful prelude to a special whisky vertical for later this year.

Ardmore 21 - Gordon & Macphail fine version of this Highland peated favourite.

Bowmore 23 - Lady of the Glen, do it again!!


The tasting costs £85 all inclusive (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request).

For East Coast Whisky members the cost is £80 (please enquire if interested in joining the WhatsApp group).


To join: https://www.paypal.me/ecwhisky including your name, address, and W4A9 in the notes. If this is your first tasting with us, please also email these details to dram@eastcoastwhisky.com

The TEN 20ml drams will be sent first class in a padded box, signed for, a week before the event. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link a couple of days before the evening too.


I’m looking forward to seeing som old and new faces at this fine whisky celebration of Spring 🤞.


Cheers,


Frederick Maitland

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