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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.

So welcome, pour yourself a #dramo'the day and enjoy!!!

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Cracking Cragganmore - Friday 11th November

Possibly the worlds first online CRAGGANMORE 10 dram vertical tasting. By the end of this you will be crackers for Cragganmore. A beautiful honeyed Speyside malt, from a sadly under appreciated distillery...that's about to change.


Cragganmore Distillery Exclusive, recently collected for you!

Early 1980's 12 year old, very flavourful, 89 pts.

Cragganmore 15 - 150th Anniversary

The 90pts MoS Cragganmore 20

Cragganmore 21 - 2010 S.R.

Cragganmore 25 - OB

Cragganmore 25 - IB

Cragganmore 29 - Adelphi

Cragganmore 30 - XOP Black

Cragganmore 33 - Signatory 30th Anniversary Special Edition


The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 11the November (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet also informal, with everyone able to join in, and to 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 clues, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the evening.

This tasting costs £160.

Places are limited to just 30 participants, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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

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

If this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to Let me know if you want to join our WhatsApp group, which gives you early access and discounts to these tastings, tours, and live events.

We had such a great visit to Cragganmore recently, it is a special old fashioned craft distillery, and I cannot wait to go on this tasting adventure with you.

Frederick Maitland


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