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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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Old & Rarer #5 - Friday 18th September 2020, a few places left!

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Friday 18th September -

BB&R Small Batch Blend 35yrs old

Rare Malts Millburn 25

Cadenhead's Tormore 33

Mancarella Highland Single Malt 36/1983

Clynelish Select Reserve 2015

Signatory Benriach 1976

Glen Grant 1974 BB&R

Highland Park 1967

All the drams in this tasting are stand out, with a few you will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to locate anywhere else.

Some of you reading the above list, will be thinking Frederick is crazy to be dipping into Rare Malts, and offering 1967 Highland Park, or 1974 Glen Grant etc. But I still hold true to my ethos that whisky was meant to be drunk and enjoyed, as well as collected, especially in these challenging times!!

I've tried to keep the evenings as cheap for you as possible, given the price of the bottles involved. An individual dram of any of these would be around £40 minimum in a bar. However this tasting is £130 for 8 drams and p&p.

There are 5 places left.

To join, please email me your address (if I don't have it), or DM through the usual channels. I will then confirm availability with you. Please pay £130 to as soon as possible to secure your place.

I will mail your drams first class next week

Again thank you for your support, and see you soon.

Frederick Maitland

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