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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 #dramo'the day and enjoy!!!

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50th festivities - part 1 - Friday 12th May

I am turning 50 in June and what better way to celebrate than with not one, not two, but three epic tastings!! The first two of these will be online, the third as part of this year's East Coast Whisky Speyside tour. The plan is to feature some of my favourite drams, old and new, and a few genuine unicorns!!

The Drams

OLD PULTENEY 8yr old 100% Proof

1991 LAGAVULIN 27 Casks of Distinction

1975 HIGHLAND PARK 19 Signatory Vintage (Classic)

1997 LAPHROAIG 25 Symingtons Choice (just out and really, really good)

1988 GLEN GARIOCH 34 Berry Bros & Rudd (dram of the year so far)!

1973 CLYNELISH 33 Signatory Vintage

1931 MAUXION Cognac (probably the best Cognac you'll ever drink)

1976 GLENCRAIG 40 Signatory Vintage (fruit bomb)

Old CLYNELISH 5yo 1960's


The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 12th May 2023 (If you can’t make this time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet also informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm!

The 15ml drams will be mailed to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. International shipping is available upon request.

You will also receive some tasting clues, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.

This tasting costs £250 inc. (UK) p&p.

For international shipping please email or WhatsApp me to arrange.

There are limited places, so please book/reserve early to avoid disappointment.

Please pay: including your name, address, & 50 part 1 in the notes (Please use friends and family if possible).

You can also pay by bank transfer, contact me for the details, or by using REVOLUT @ecwhisky.

If this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to Let me know if you want to join our WhatsApp community, which gives you early access and occasional discounts to these tastings, our tours and other live events.

I promise that this tasting will be one of the best you've ever attended, and where else can you try good Old Clynelish these days, or one of the best Laga's you've ever had? Needless to say I'm really looking forward to this evening.


Frederick Maitland


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