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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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To make up for the loss of this years live Old & Rare Whisky Show, I am proud to present this 9 dram (20ml) online whisky tasting, full of whisky gems, all distilled in the 1970’s (except the 35yo Millburn, 1969). Some are legendary, whilst some are to be discovered...especially the mystery dram!!

from left to right...


Strathclyde 36, 1977 58.0%


Dallas Dhu 24, 1979 46.0%

Glenugie 25, 1976 51.8%

Glenury Royal, 1975 52.6%

Breath of the Highlands (Royal Lochnagar) 35, 1972 51.7%


Miltonduff 36, 1978 44.9%

Mystery Bottle distilled in the Seventies.


Millburn 35, 1969 51.2%

Glen Grant 23, 1972 55.8%


You will agree it’s a stellar line-up, in a similar style to the Old & Rare Show whisky extravaganza!!


The whisky tasting runs from 7.30-10pm on Friday 26th March, online on Zoom.

Such high end whisky is sadly not cheap, however I run these evenings as not for profit, so the total cost including 1st class signed for postage (UK) is £160.


If you are a member of the East Coast Whisky Chat WhatsApp group, the cost is £150.

To join please pay PayPal.me/ecwhisky including "O&R7” and your current mailing address in the notes.

If you are new to these tastings, please also email dram@eastcoastwhisky.com, so I have your email address to send you a Zoom link and some tasting notes before the event.


All packs will be mailed at least a week before the event. Please enquire about postage, if you live anywhere else in Europe.

There is also now an East Coast Whisky Chat group on WhatsApp, which is a great way to keep up with the latest whisky news and chat. If you would like to join, please send the group a request on WhatsApp, or email your number.


Places are limited, as is this whisky, this blog will be updated when tasting tickets are Sold Out!!

See you soon.


Frederick Maitland









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Updated: Feb 10


As there is only one public tasting this February, I thought I'd bring in a couple of extra special bottles...can you guess which ones?


Aberfeldy 22, Cadenhead's 2018 Campbeltown Festival bottling. I've been looking forward to featuring Aberfeldy for a while, and so I thought I would start with this one, bought on a bright sunny Sunday surrounded by a throng of whisky fans...ah, those were the days!!


Glencadam 26, Cadenhead's. This will be a bit of a mystery bottling for some of you, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.


Imperial 1989, Càrn Mòr. We all need more Imperial. This closed and demolished distillery is becoming scarce, so I definitely need to feature in this tasting.


Glenburgie 27, Cadenheads. Glenburgie flies under a lot of peoples radar, but it shouldn't, especially when it is in its later twenties.


Tormore 25, SMWS 105.24. "Such stuff as drams are made on", a good name choice there, this is a cracking Tormore.


Clynelish 20, "The Candlelight Series" by The Whisky Illuminati. Without doubt one of the best 1997 vintages of this east coast delight.


Mortlach 21, Douglas Laing Directors' Cut. Please don't make me regret sharing this stunner from the Beast of Dufftown, usually you have to prise these from my dead fingers!


Bruichladdich 23 "Black Art 1990, 04.1". A little bit of mystery in exactly which cask types are used.


Springbank 25, 2019. Yes, you read that right.


So that's 9 Drams in all this month.


The whisky tasting runs from 7.30-10pm on Friday 19th February, on Zoom.


It costs either £85 all inclusive for Royal Mail 1st Class signed for delivery, or £90 if you would like next day special delivery. I will mail the box of drams at least a week before.


To join please pay PayPal.me/ecwhisky including "W4A8" and your current mailing address in the notes.


If you are new to these tastings, please also email dram@eastcoastwhisky.com, so I have your email address to send you a Zoom link and tasting notes before the event.


There is also now an East Coast Whisky Chat group on WhatsApp, which is a great way to keep up with the latest news and whisky chat. Send the group a request on WhatsApp, or email your number, if you would like to join.


I look forward to seeing you on the 19th, for another great evening of whisky and chat.


Frederick Maitland

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Updated: Jan 21


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 PayPal.me/ecwhisky including "W4A7" and your current mailing address in the notes. If you are new to these please email dram@eastcoastwhisky.com too, so I'll have your address to send the Zoom link and tasting notes too before the event.


Tickets sales now closed, more events coming soon!!


Cheers,


Frederick Maitland


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