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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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A Highland Whisky Excursion to Brora

Here are a few photos from our recent whisky trip to Sutherland...

Friday morning, 10 am, and the gates of Brora distillery are opened to us. A big transformation.

Plans from the 19th Century refurbishment of Clynelish. Apparently the originals were found in a bin-bag!!

Schematics of the original stills...pretty useful!!

A black day for the whisky industry in 1983. (Glenlochy et al. RIP, gone but not forgotten!!) Also note you could still buy fur coats, and the serial killer Dennis Nilsen was in court.

Brora rises anew from the ashes.

Brand new (your retro). Beautiful Oregon Pine Washbacks.

Refurbished Stills, with original signage.

Where am I? Oh YES!!!

Worm tub time machine. Beautiful.


Which way to the whisky?/Target practice for seagulls.

When will this get opened I wonder (and will I be around to enjoy it!!)?

In the meantime, here is a Triptych of supreme whisky heritage.

...with a close-up of what was inside!!

A very fine dram indeed!!

Your good health, with Stewart Bowman (the distillery manager) & Andrew Flatt (brand home manager), as well as all the Brora releases from the last few years behind.

A little bit of Balblair.

The heart of Dornoch Distillery.

There were plenty more shots, but I think these capture the essence of the trip.

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