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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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Online Tasting - Whisky for All #8 - February 19th 2021 SOLD OUT

Updated: Feb 10

As there is only one public tasting this February, I thought I'd bring in a couple of extra special bottles...can you guess which ones?

Aberfeldy 22, Cadenhead's 2018 Campbeltown Festival bottling. I've been looking forward to featuring Aberfeldy for a while, and so I thought I would start with this one, bought on a bright sunny Sunday surrounded by a throng of whisky fans...ah, those were the days!!

Glencadam 26, Cadenhead's. This will be a bit of a mystery bottling for some of you, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Imperial 1989, Càrn Mòr. We all need more Imperial. This closed and demolished distillery is becoming scarce, so I definitely need to feature in this tasting.

Glenburgie 27, Cadenheads. Glenburgie flies under a lot of peoples radar, but it shouldn't, especially when it is in its later twenties.

Tormore 25, SMWS 105.24. "Such stuff as drams are made on", a good name choice there, this is a cracking Tormore.

Clynelish 20, "The Candlelight Series" by The Whisky Illuminati. Without doubt one of the best 1997 vintages of this east coast delight.

Mortlach 21, Douglas Laing Directors' Cut. Please don't make me regret sharing this stunner from the Beast of Dufftown, usually you have to prise these from my dead fingers!

Bruichladdich 23 "Black Art 1990, 04.1". A little bit of mystery in exactly which cask types are used.

Springbank 25, 2019. Yes, you read that right.

So that's 9 Drams in all this month.

The whisky tasting runs from 7.30-10pm on Friday 19th February, on Zoom.

It costs either £85 all inclusive for Royal Mail 1st Class signed for delivery, or £90 if you would like next day special delivery. I will mail the box of drams at least a week before.

To join please pay including "W4A8" 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 tasting notes before the event.

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

I look forward to seeing you on the 19th, for another great evening of whisky and chat.

Frederick Maitland

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