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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 8 - First Casked - Friday 28th May

A different kind of vertical whisky tasting this month, as we feature a fine selection of 10 whiskies that were bottled especially for the exclusive members club that was the First Cask Whisky Circle. The Circle was run by Direct Wines Ltd and featured some excellent single cask bottles, which were released to its members on a quarterly basis.

The Whiskies

1974 Old Pulteney

1975 Glenrothes

1975 Glendronach

1976 Glen Spey

1976 Tomatin

1977 Dallas Dhu

1981 Glentauchers

1981 Convalmore

1990 Glen Elgin

1991 Mortlach

...a veritable selection of drams, with some standout, knockout ones!! I guarantee you will be amazed!!

The Details

The tasting will be held on Zoom, from 7.30-10pm on Friday 28th May.

The tasting costs £125 inclusive of p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request).

For East Coast Whisky members the cost is £115 (please enquire if you are interested in joining our WhatsApp whisky & more group). Please pay including your name, address, and First Cask in the notes. Then, if this is your first tasting with us, please also email these details to The ten 20ml drams will be sent first class in a padded box, signed for, at least a week before the event. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link a couple of days before the evening. Quite a few people have asked for this evening, so I hope it delivers some serious old and rare whisky satisfaction. Cheers, Frederick Maitland

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