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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. 

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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.

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Coleburn Vertical Tasting - Another Closed Distillery!! - Wednesday 14th September

Updated: Aug 24, 2022

A stunning SOLD OUT 10 dram line-up from another special closed distillery, the perfect way to celebrate Summer!!

Coleburn was founded in 1897 and closed in 1985. It has a lovely sweet and fruity Speyside style, which is well worth discovering and celebrating. A 10 dram Coleburn vertical tasting has never been attempted before online, so this nicely follows on from the Brora. Convalmore, Millburn, and Glenlochy ones, that we have already enjoyed!!

The Drams

Behold the first five Coleburn drams in our selection, including the stupendous 38 year old Gordon & Macphail 1981 Private Collection bottling (which was the first bottling in the Private Collection series).

Here is the only official Coleburn release, the 21 Rare Malts bottling. Also the Coleburn 1972 G&M Rare Old, which is a personal favourite, and then the 1967 Douglas Laing bottling too!!

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Wednesday 14th September (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm rather than their ego’s!!

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 notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.

There are two prices for this event. Either pay £195 and get 9 drams (apart from the ultra rare 1981 Private Collection 38 yr old Coleburn), or it is £245 for the complete set.

NB the price reflects the cost of the bottles & packaging, and not what you would pay in a bar!!

Please pay: including your name, address, & COLEBURN in the notes (Please use friends and family if possible).

You can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.

If this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to

There are now just 0 places left for this special one-off tasting, so move fast if you want to join us!

(Pre-sale occurs through the East Coast Whisky Clan WhatsApp Group, email if you would like to join!!)

I've been putting this tasting together for a while now, and Im really happy to be able to share the 1981 Private Collection bottle with you, it is very special. I think this tasting will be as memorable as the other closed distillery tastings we have hosted in the last few months. Hope to see you there!!

Frederick Maitland

East Coast Whisky Founder & Chief!!

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