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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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ECWhisky Online Whisky Tasting #002 29th May & 5th June

Welcome everyone, both old and first timers, to this budding great whisky community. I am happy to announce the dates, and line-up for:

"East Coast Whisky Online Tasting #002 - Going Deeper”.

Fridays 29th May & 5th June 7-9.15ish.

Again on Zoom (link to follow nearer the time).

I am sticking to the same small group format as it worked well last time. I am keen to encourage a space where we can enjoy whisky and each others company together.  There seems to be plenty of online tastings now where information is shared with large gatherings of people on mute, with just a few people getting to ask high level questions at the end. For me, that’s too like school, and not what whisky is about as a communal life affirming experience!! Also in large group situations there is always a bit of collective pressure to prefer certain whiskies over others, however I want to encourage freedom of expression and enjoyment, particularly at this time. So with that in mind, and in response to what guests shared last time in terms of what distilleries they’d like to sample, here are the drams:

Thats right, a 43 yr old Invergordon, a 29yr old Sherried Longmorn, a 29yr old Linkwood, a 30yr old Glen Grant, a 29yr old Highland Park, only a 27yr old Bunnahabhain, and finally a 1989 Peated Jura...& possibly a surprise in store 😉

So what do you have to do to claim one of the limited spaces (approx 24)? Pay £60 inc p&p to and let me have your mailing address (if I don’t already have it). Also email me your preferred night and group of friends and I’ll do my best to fit you in appropriately.

I will mail out the dram kits a good week before the event.

If you can’t make this one, don’t worry I‘ve already assigned some of the drams for #003 at the end of June.

I'm also doing occasional other ltd edition tastings so again let me know if you want to be in on those, they are strictly first come first serve…ie Im doing one tomorrow night on cask influence!!

I've also been making ltd edition boxes to order (within reason, its just me here!!) so again let me know if there are drams you want to try and I can figure that out.

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