Whiskey Tasting, Whiskey Glass.jpg
Barley malt on malting floor in the dist
Bass Rock, from Broad Sands Beach, near

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!!!

  • East Coast Whisky

Old & Rarer 9 - "Whisky: 30 years & beyond" - Thursday 10th June

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a tasting of whiskies aged thirty years or more, and to enjoy 10 drams of them? Sounds like a fitting way to celebrate Summer 2021 and getting closer to fifty!! So here it is, the most wild Old & Rarer yet...

The 10 Luxury Drams

32 year old 1988 Blair Athol Maltbarn HHD. 48.7%

30 year old 1988 Blair Athol Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary bottling rSButt. 54.7%

30 year old 1990 Tomatin The Whisky Agency HHD. 48.9%

30 year old 1986 Cragganmore Hunter Laing HHD. 59.7%

31 year old 1988 Tamnavulin A.D.Rattray BB. 46.9%

34 year old 1985 Secret Highland Distillery The Whisky Agency HHD. 47.0%

33 year old 1970 Craigellachie Murray McDavid. 46.0%

40 year old 1973 Teaninich Morrison & MacKay Sherry Puncheon. 54.0%

30 year old 1988 Isle of Jura Blackadder HHD. 50.2%

34 year old 1984 Miltonduff SMWS 72.78 2nd Fill BB. 54.0%

The Details

The tasting will be held on Zoom, from 7.30-10pm on THURSDAY 10TH JUNE.

The TEN 20ml drams will be sent first class signed for, in a padded box, at least a week before. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link a couple of days before the event.

This non-profit tasting costs £150 inclusive of p&p (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request). Non-profit as its my birthday week!!

To join us, please pay including your name, address, and 30+ in the notes. Then, if this is your first tasting with us, please email these details to

I hope you can attend what will be a legendary event in the history of online whisky tastings, or at least a fairly memorable evening!! Even if you can't be there on the night, a recording will be available afterwards.


Frederick Maitland

183 views0 comments


East Lothian & Edinburgh


07875 518 069

  • instagram
  • facebook

Your details were sent successfully!

Room full of whisky cabinets storing dif