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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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Our ultimate Caol Ila tasting - Friday 27th October

A very special ISLAY vertical tasting for Autumn 2023, focusing on some of the best drams from the peated isle's Caol Ila distillery....

...It's taken a while to put this beautiful tasting session together and so I can guarantee ALL the drams are amazing.

There are different ways to enjoy this tasting. Either you can get everything for £250 which includes both 1974 Signatory Vintage bottles and a free mystery dram, or £180 for everything except the 1970's Signatories (to which the 1974 cask#12465 can be added for £20). The cost of this tasting includes getting the 15ml whisky samples shipped to you in the UK, I also ship internationally, message me for more information about that.

This tasting will run from 7.30 - 10pm on Friday 27th October. It will be hosted on Zoom. A recording will be available afterwards if you can't make the evening and/or if prefer to do it on your own time.

To join friends & family please, or message me for other payment options. Places are limited, so don't wait long to book please!

By now you may well know what to expect of an East Coast Whisky tasting, but if you don't, this is going to be another great night of fine rare drams and amusing/informative chat, and one that is suitable for all levels of whisky experience. The Zoom link and tasting info will be emailed to you in the days before the event. I look forward to seeing you there!!

Just the one tasting for October, and what a special one it is too. If you enjoy peated whisky this will likely be the best tasting you attend online this year!!


Frederick Maitland

Founder @eastcoastwhisky

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