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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 #dramo'the day and enjoy!!!

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50th Festivities Part 2 - Friday 16th June

First of all thank you to all of you who signed up for Part One of my 50th festivities, it's pretty much sold out already! Now onto June, and Part Two. For this one, in my birthday month, I've really pushed the boat out again. Given how hard it is to secure bottles anymore at auction for a reasonable price, this may be the only opportunity to try some of these beauties...

The Drams

GLENURY ROYAL 1973, 34, Blackadder

DALLAS DHU 1974, 32, Jack Weiber

BALBLAIR 1988, 33, OB Single Cask for LMDW

LOCHSIDE 1981, 30, Berry Bros

TACTICAL (Talisker) 1980, 20, Douglas Laing

LINKWOOD 1973, 47, G&M Private Collection

GLEN GARIOCH 1988, 32, Carn Mor

ISLAY SINGLE MALT 1991, 30, Whisky Jury (Laphroaig)

CLYNELISH 1972, 29, G&M Cask Strength for Japan

CRAIGELLACHIE 1973, 22, Rare Malts

CLYNELISH 1972, 23 Rare Malts

GLENLOCHY 1980, 34, Signatory Vintage

BRORA 2015 Special Releases 37 years old

...That's right, 13 extraordinary drams!

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 16th June 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 £350 inc. (UK) p&p, for the full set, or £225 for the "basic" ten, to which you can then add the GARIOCH for £40, the CLYNELISH 29 for £35, & the BRORA 37 for £50 as you prefer.

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 2 in the notes (Please use friends and family if possible). Please also specify which drams you want if you are not getting the complete full set.

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.

As you only turn 50 once in this whisky life, I really wanted to share some of my favourites and in some of my good fortune, for instance in getting hold of that Glen Garioch 1988 32 year old!! Thank you for being part of this journey, whether you choose to join in or not.




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