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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. 

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.

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CONVALMORE - Friday 22nd April - few spaces left!!

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Another in East Coast Whisky's 2022 Closed Distillery Vertical series, this time we are off to Speyside to enjoy some extremely great whisky from yesteryear!! CONVALMORE is delicious. Here is a photo of what remains... really is a special place, tucked away on the edge of Dufftown. Whilst these building are now used as storage, what great whisky was made here!!

The Drams of Convalmore

For the first time this is a 9+1 tasting event, meaning you either take the 9 dram pack on its own or add to it, either with a 1984 Prima & Ultima 36 year old or a 1975 G&M Private Collection 45 year old. Hopefully this make it more accessible and give the ultimate tasting experience too!!

Convalmore 13 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 1969

Convalmore 16 Coopers Choice 1981

Convalmore 24 Rare Malts 1978

Convalmore 28 Special Release 1977

Convalmore 30 Dun Bheagan 1975

Convalmore 30 Cadenhead's 1977

Convalmore 32 Special Release 1984

Convalmore 36 Special Release 1977

Convalmore 39 Rare Old G&M 1975/2015

Convalmore 1984 Prima & Ultima 36 years old

Convalmore 1975 Private Collection G&M 45 years old

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 22nd April (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards). The tasting is designed to be informative, yet informal, people really enjoy the fact that everyone can join in, and there are no whisky snobs or show-offs allowed!!

The 15ml drams will be sent to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.

The 9 dram set costs £190.

The 10 dram 1975 Private Collection G&M 45 years old set costs £230.

The 10 dram Convalmore 1984 Prima & Ultima 36 years old set costs £260.

DPD rest of world (except Russia & China & Taiwan) is available upon email request.

Places are limited so please book early.

To join, please pay: including your name, address, & CONVALMORE & which set, in the notes. If you wish, you can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.

NB it is a straight choice between these three sets, I will not be swapping drams in and out on this occasion.

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

To get the jump on these tastings and for general whisky chat, why not join the EAST COAST WHISKY CLAN on WhatsApp? To do so just email me your mobile and we will get you set up asap!!

If this tasting doesn't induce quiet reverie, I am not sure what will!! So looking forward to sharing these drams with you, at a proper once in a lifetime event to try them together, and where else can you sip some of these anyhow?!!


Frederick Maitland

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