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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.

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East Coast Whisky's Amazing Whiskies of 2021 or "Not the Old & Rare Show" - Friday 25th February

How do you follow a Brora and Mortlach tasting? With my selection of some standout whiskies from the last year. All the more needed as the Old and Rare Show has been cancelled yet again!!! These are all great and interesting drams, with stories to tell...

The Drams

Balvenie 17 - The Week of Peat 2.0 - only available in the UK, and its a stoater!

1996 Knappogue Castle 25 "The Remarkable Rocket" - it really is a 93 pointer (whiskyfun).

1994 Tobermory or Ledaig 26 SMWS 42.56 - Which one? who cares when it is this good!!

1990 JURA 30 Thompson Bros finest, commemorating our excellent Jura joint tasting.

1988 Glen Garioch 32 Hunter Laing- Great whisky at the right price (not £3k!!).

1980 Glenlochy 27 Bottle 1/231 Part Des Anges - because I really love you!!

1979 Dallas Dhu 35 Cadenhead - ooohhh.

1973 Glen Keith 43 Cadenhead - one of the best Glen Keiths ever, a stunning Speysider.

1973 Glenlivet 28 Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength 55.9% - AMAZING!!

1972 Coleburn 41 Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old - the reason to attend this tasting alone.

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm on Friday 25th February (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 is no whisky snobbery or show-offs!!

The TEN 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.

This tasting costs EITHER £180 for 20ml drams OR £140 for 15ml drams inclusive of p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request). Places are limited so please book early.

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

If this is your first tasting, please also email your name and address to

If you wish to attend this and the Mortlach tasting, please pay once but subtract £20 from the grand total, and write BOTH and dram size for this tasting in the PayPal notes

I reckon this tasting has the stuff of legend about it, and is insane value considering how much I have paid for just one of these drams in a whisky bar recently. I look forward to seeing you there!!


Frederick Maitland


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