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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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Autumn in the Highlands & Islands - Friday 29th September

A very special old & rare whisky tasting to celebrate Autumn and all its mellow fruitfulness. Only 6 drams in this one, but what drams...

Perhaps these speak for themselves. Yet here is your chance to try Old Clynelish 12, distilled in the early sixties when it occupied the distillery that is now known as Brora. Not only that but the infamous & delicious Highland Park Online Tasting bottling, possibly the first of its kind way back in 1998. How cool to try this in another online tasting 25 years later. Then if those two weren't enough, my favourite modern Clynelish from Prima & Ultima #1 series, the Clynelish 1993, as well as the excellent seventies Ord 16 Manager's Dram. To finish you off, a very rare SMWS 1980 Glenlochy 24, and then a 1977 single cask Talisker 27yo. Sounds pretty special right? Well wait until you taste these gems!!

The Details

This tasting will run from 7.30 - 10pm on Friday 29th September. It will be hosted on Zoom. A recording will be available afterwards if you can't make the evening and/or if prefer to do it on your own time.

The cost of this tasting, including getting 15ml whisky samples shipped to you in the UK, is £220. If you would prefer 20ml samples cost is £270. I also ship internationally, message me for more information about that. If you also sign up for the Cadenhead's Spectacular you get £25 off this one.

To join friends & family please, or message me for other payment options. Places are limited, so don't wait long to book please!

By now you may well know what to expect of an East Coast Whisky tasting, but if you don't, this is going to be another great night of fine rare drams and amusing/informative chat, and one that is suitable for all levels of whisky experience. The Zoom link and tasting info will be emailed to you in the days before the event. I look forward to seeing you there!!

This is the perfect way to celebrate whisky and the season before I take a break until the end of October. You should not miss this!!


Frederick Maitland

founder @eastcoastwhisky

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