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Bass Rock, from Broad Sands Beach, near

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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Balblair Beauty - Friday 16th April

Another month, another vertical whisky tasting!! This time tracing the delights of Balblair distillery, as far back as 1966.

I love this Highland gem, and can’t wait to share it with you!! Some of these bottles are one off’s and/or very rare, so this will be another very special evening.

These are the 10 drams (20ml) that will be featured:

Balblair 18

Balblair 99 - 2016 TWE exclusive

Balblair Highland Whisky Festival 97 - 2019

Balblair 97 - 2018 LMDW exclusive

Balblair 91 - 2017 Glasgow Airport exclusive

Balblair 1990 - 2019 cask sample

Balblair 85 - 2015 NATEX exclusive

Balblair 1979 24yo

Balblair 78 - 2008

Balblair 1966 38yo

The evening will run from 7.30 - 10pm, on Friday 16th April, on Zoom. This will be recorded if you can’t make that date.

The tasting costs £110 all inclusive (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request).

For East Coast Whisky members the cost is £100 (please enquire if interested).

To join: including your name, address, and Balblair in the notes. If this is your first tasting with us, please also email these to

Drams will be sent first class, signed for, a week before the event. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link a couple of days before the evening too.

This will be an amazing tasting whether you are new to Balblair or not, and a great introduction to a distillery we will be visiting on a East Coast Whisky tour in the months ahead!!



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