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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 7th Heaven Whisky Tasting - Friday 26th March

To make up for the loss of this years live Old & Rare Whisky Show, I am proud to present this 9 dram (20ml) online whisky tasting, full of whisky gems, all distilled in the 1970’s (except the 35yo Millburn, 1969). Some are legendary, whilst some are to be discovered...especially the mystery dram!!

from left to right...

Strathclyde 36, 1977 58.0%

Dallas Dhu 24, 1979 46.0%

Glenugie 25, 1976 51.8%

Glenury Royal, 1975 52.6%

Breath of the Highlands (Royal Lochnagar) 35, 1972 51.7%

Miltonduff 36, 1978 44.9%

Mystery Bottle distilled in the Seventies.

Millburn 35, 1969 51.2%

Glen Grant 23, 1972 55.8%

You will agree it’s a stellar line-up, in a similar style to the Old & Rare Show whisky extravaganza!!

The whisky tasting runs from 7.30-10pm on Friday 26th March, online on Zoom.

Such high end whisky is sadly not cheap, however I run these evenings as not for profit, so the total cost including 1st class signed for postage (UK) is £160.

If you are a member of the East Coast Whisky Chat WhatsApp group, the cost is £150.

To join please pay including "O&R7” and your current mailing address in the notes.

If you are new to these tastings, please also email, so I have your email address to send you a Zoom link and some tasting notes before the event.

All packs will be mailed at least a week before the event. Please enquire about postage, if you live anywhere else in Europe.

There is also now an East Coast Whisky Chat group on WhatsApp, which is a great way to keep up with the latest whisky news and chat. If you would like to join, please send the group a request on WhatsApp, or email your number.

Places are limited, as is this whisky, this blog will be updated when tasting tickets are Sold Out!!

See you soon.

Frederick Maitland

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