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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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GLENBURGIE FOREVER Tasting - Friday 10th March

Another month brings another special vertical whisky tasting. This time focusing on the delights of Glenburgie distillery. Pernod Ricard's finest!! I seriously love it's wild Speyside fruitiness and tastes of times gone by. To do it proper justice we will travel back to the early Sixties, and also drink 45 year old whisky (and not be disappointed!!)

The Drams

Some serious whiskies here, including the latest super tasty Thompson Brothers offering, as well as some beasts from 1975 and before!! Also Glencraig, the Lomond stilled Glenburgie spin-off, and a mystery bottle!! That's 13 + 1 excellent whiskies.

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 10th March 2023 (If you can’t make this time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet also informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm!

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 full tasting (13+mystery dram) costs £200 inc (UK) p&p. You can opt to subtract 1975 Claxton's 45 & the 1963 Signatory 40, with the set then being £160.

For international shipping please email or WhatsApp me to arrange.

There are limited places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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

You can also pay by bank transfer, contact me for the details, or by using REVOLUT @ecwhisky.

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, and our tours and live events.

Needless to say this is going to be epic!! It's taken a couple of years to prepare, so I'm looking forward to sharing these drams with you.


Frederick Maitland


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