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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!!!


I am very excited to present this special tasting, taste-travelling from this world of Whisky, into a potentially new world of Cognac with you. We will discover many new, and exciting, flavours on the way. There will be 7 Cognacs and 1 Cognac finished whisky to consider, truly a sumptuous event. These have all been chosen with the whisky palate in mind. You will be inspired...

...of course you may be a cognac connoisseur already, in which case I believe you will still appreciate these bottles very much!!:

Augier Cognac – “Le Oceanique” – 40.1%...We start with a beautiful light, coastal Cognac!!

Vallein-Tercinier – Cognac 46º Small Batch – 46.0%…The exact definition of a “malternative” according to Serge @WhiskyFun.

Park Cognac – Borderies – Mizunara Single Cask – 44.0%...That special wood finish, only this time with Cognac!

J.Prunier & Co. – Très Vieux Fins Bois – 42.5%...50yo+ Exclusive edition for the great…this will blow your mind and is only one of 150 bottles in existence.

Vallein-Tercinier/Maltbarn – Lot 86 – Bon Bois – 44.5%...Independent bottling of lovely 32yo spirit.

Delamain – “Vesper” - Grande Champagne – 40%...Seventies bottling of 35yo Cognac, so distilled 70-80 years ago, and great value at auction!!

C.Dully Selection/Grosperrin – Cognac Borderies 1965 – 56.7%...54yo Cognac, and one of this great Swiss independent’s that got me started!!

KilchomanCognac Finish Single Cask - 58.1%...and a not so little whisky to finish us off!!

I will host the event on Zoom, on Friday 9th October, from 7-9.30pm (UK time).

To join please pay £90 (all inclusive) & email me your postal address, if I don't have it already. I will post you the 8 20ml measures a week or so before the event first class (I can ship to the EU though this will cost more, please email me)

I will send you the zoom link and some notes a couple of days before the tasting.

Spaces are limited, so please act promptly.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Frederick Maitland

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Updated: Aug 27, 2020

It is time to represent Jura. A great whisky, and a beautiful island.

This is a special 8 dram online whisky tasting featuring some of the finest Jura's out there, with some extremely rare bottles, from different decades and at a variety of ages, in order to best show off this tasty spirit. The dram list:

Jura Experimental for Japan - 58.8% - 2002 DB 3yr old vatted with 1970’s cask…bonkers!!

Jura 18 - 52.7% - 1989 – The Bottlers HHD, distilled same month as current SMWS 30yr old bottling…Kick Ass!!

Jura 21 - 44% - 2014 OB release, bourbon & sherry casks…yum yum!!

Jura 24 - 46% - 1989 SV HHD, Limburg Whisky Fair 2014 Bottling.

Jura 28 - 48.3% - 1988 SMWS 31.34 “Muted Hebridean Smoke” HHD/ex-RW.

Jura 27 - 51.4% - 1992 SV BB, last pre-lockdown bottling!!

Jura 30 year old “Camas an Staca” - 44% - 2012 OB, 27yrs American White Oak, 3 years Oloroso finish.

Isle of Jura 33 year old “Stillman’s Dram” - 43% - 1960’s distillation.

I guarantee you will be changed by this island whisky experience. It will broaden your appreciation of the golden dram, and take you into uncharted territory.

Please do not attend if you are faint hearted or of simple taste!!

There are a 0 places remaining for the live event, however I can still send you the pack and the recording if your interested, on a first come, first serve basis.

The cost is £80. Please pay via

If you haven't joined before I will need your email and mailing address for the Zoom link etc. The event runs from 7 - 9.30pm approx. The drams are sent well packaged, in 20ml pocket bottles.

This special tasting is the first in an occasional series of particular distillery focused events. These will run alongside the usual "Whisky for All's" (returning October), & "Old and Rarer's" (Friday 18th September).

See you in the spirit world soon!!

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Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Friday 18th September -

BB&R Small Batch Blend 35yrs old

Rare Malts Millburn 25

Cadenhead's Tormore 33

Mancarella Highland Single Malt 36/1983

Clynelish Select Reserve 2015

Signatory Benriach 1976

Glen Grant 1974 BB&R

Highland Park 1967

All the drams in this tasting are stand out, with a few you will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to locate anywhere else.

Some of you reading the above list, will be thinking Frederick is crazy to be dipping into Rare Malts, and offering 1967 Highland Park, or 1974 Glen Grant etc. But I still hold true to my ethos that whisky was meant to be drunk and enjoyed, as well as collected, especially in these challenging times!!

I've tried to keep the evenings as cheap for you as possible, given the price of the bottles involved. An individual dram of any of these would be around £40 minimum in a bar. However this tasting is £130 for 8 drams and p&p.

There are 5 places left.

To join, please email me your address (if I don't have it), or DM through the usual channels. I will then confirm availability with you. Please pay £130 to as soon as possible to secure your place.

I will mail your drams first class next week

Again thank you for your support, and see you soon.

Frederick Maitland

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