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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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HAPPY UNICORNS Ultimate Whisky Tasting (Episode 1) - Friday 2nd September 2022

These are some of the EAST COAST WHISKY ultra rare bottles, and this your chance to try them. Yes it is not cheap, but if you have longed to taste possibly our best Clynelish, Brora and Mortlach in existence, then this is the whisky tasting for you...

...& as you will see that's not all. There is also the 50 year old North of Scotland, the 35 year old Glenlochy (the oldest), the legendary 1977 Convalmore 40, and last but by no means least the 1968 Signatory Glenlivet. This Glenlivet is not only insanely good, it is the first bottling Signatory ever released.

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 2nd September (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 once in a whisky lifetime event is £300, with this price reflecting the cost of the bottles & postage/packaging, and is nowhere near what you would pay for these drams in a bar!!

Places are limited to just 25 participants.

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

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

Then, if this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to

I will only ever be putting a few of these ultra tastings on, as such bottles are now almost impossible to get hold of. But I remain determined to share at least some of these true gems with you, as I am able to, when I am hunt them down. Particularly for those unable to travel with us to Brora and Dornoch this year. I hope you can join us, and help keep the Whisky Gods & their Unicorns happy!!

Frederick Maitland


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