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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!!!


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 including "W4A8" and your current mailing address in the notes.

If you are new to these tastings, please also email, 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 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.

Tickets sales now closed, more events coming soon!!


Frederick Maitland

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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

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