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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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MORTLACH KOMBAT vertical whisky tasting - Thursday 17th February

Are you ready for this? 10 drams of 2.81 distilled whisky goodness from MORTLACH "The Beast of Dufftown". From 12 all the way to 34 year old in age, and including a great range of independent & official bottlings. This is Mortlach done properly.

The Drams

Mortlach 12 - the Wee Witchie

Mortlach 12 - Signatory Vintage

Mortlach 18 - Hidden Spirits

Mortlach 19 - Distillery Exclusive

Mortlach 21 - 2020 Special Release

Cigar Malt 22 - Chieftains

Mortlach 28 - SMWS 76.129

Mortlach 30 - Hunter Laing

Mortlach 32 - SMWS 76.147

Mortlach 34 - Gordon & Macphail

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm on Thursday 17th 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 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 £140 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, & MORTLACH 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

We also have a lively & eclectic whisky chat room on WhatsApp, email if you are interested in joining this group.

If you wish to attend this and the Amazing Whiskies of 2021 tasting, please pay once but subtract £20 from the grand total, and write BOTH and dram size for the Amazing Tasting in the PayPal notes

This is going to be one special tasting of excellent whisky, I cannot wait to share my passion for Mortlach with you all!!


Frederick Maitland


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