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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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HIGHLAND PARKLIFE - vertical whisky tasting - Friday 29th October

You asked, and we delivered. A TEN dram vertical whisky tasting dedicated to the might that is…HIGHLAND PARK!!

This tasting features a pleathora of lightly peated Orcadian delight, with only a smidgeon of Vikings in sight!! All drawn from my personal collection. We will experience great flavours across an eighteen year range of maturation, the bottles being 12 to 30 years old. There will be a mix of distillery and independent bottlings, only two of which are still available. Whether you know and love Highland Park, or want to find out more, this is the tasting for you!

The Drams

HP 12 Orkneyinga Legacy limited edition

HP 14 Distillery Only Edition 2018

HP 16 Maltbarn release 2019

HP 17 The Light

HP 18 Robertson’s Pitlochry 2019

HP19 Hunter Laing OMC 2017

HP 21 2019

HP 26 ScotchMaltWhiskySociety 4.239 2017

HP 30 Cadenhead's Winter 2019

HP 30 2013

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm on Friday 29th October. If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards. The TEN 20ml 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 £110 inclusive of all p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request). Please consider how much you would pay in a bar for these drams, or to get hold of these bottles if they were still available!

To join, please pay: including your name, address, & HIGHLAND PARKLIFE in the notes. You can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.

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

This will be another special vertical tasting, following on from the successful BALBLAIR, JURA & CLYNELISH ones. I look forward to spending another fun evening with you, with great whiskies and good conversation.


Frederick Maitland


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