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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 Special Time in Speyside - East Coast Whisky Tour November 2023

Come to Speyside and be enthralled by three days and four nights of the finest drams, whisky adventure, & above all great company!!

Thursday 2nd November - arrive at the Station Hotel in Rothes.

Friday 3rd November - a day at Balvenie & Glenfiddich, followed by an evening at The Highlander, Craigellachie.

Saturday 4th November - a day exploring Speyside, with special stops at Cardhu & Cragganmore. In the evening the annual already legendary East Coast Whisky dinner.

Sunday 5th November - a whisky land-rover safari of illicit whisky stills in Glenlivet, & bothy whisky tasting atop a mountain. Special secret tasting later in the day, and more!

Monday 6th November - return to civilisation a changed person!!

Sounds great right?!! Well after Brora & Dornoch last year, I've had to create something - with a little help from my friends - equally special.

To join us (there are only 4 or 5 spaces left) it's £1000 inclusive for the activities above (excepting your food and drinks unless in official tastings & visits) The range of reasonable accomodation you cover. Minimum deposit is £300 with the rest due at latest beginning of September. Either email me ( or WhatsApp to get in, and I will then also connect you with the hotel.

I expect this to sell out, just a week after the WhatsApp east coast whisky groups announcement, we are already ¾ full!! Be great to have you come join, wether you are new to all things East Coast Whisky, or one of our well seasoned professionals.


Frederick Maitland

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