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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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Secret Orkney Tour - 21st/24th March 2024 - THE DRAMS UPDATE!!

Updated: Feb 23

Hot on the heals of last November's Speyside extravaganza, we are now taking a smaller group to the Mainland of Orkney in March, there to enjoy wonderful whiskies and inspiring sights.

The tour will include a whole day of Highland Park experiences, including special tastings. This is particularly timely, as the distillery closes for refurbishment at the end of March. There will also be a private tour of Scapa, again with exclusive tasting. We will also visit some of the World's finest neolithic archeology, different setting to enjoy some rare whisky at or in!! Then there will be the customary epic East Coast Whisky dinner(s), as well as some other fine drams along the way.

The tour cost £1100 and includes all of the above and ground transport, just not your flights, accommodation and other food. All you have to do is get to the Highland Park Bar at The Kirkwall Hotel by 9pm on Thursday 21st!!

More information is available on request. There is currently only 1 place left, so please get in touch very soon if you would like to join us.


or at least some of them that we will be enjoying. Also if you would like to try them, and can't travel, get in touch ASAP for how to!!

1963 Avery’s 15yo 86.8p

1966 Orkney 20yo 43%

1967 The Dragon 20yo 53%

1967 Saybrex 39yo 57.6%

1973 The Ship 37yo 50.6%

1973 Adelphi 23yo 53.5%

1974 Ambassador Cask 5 34yo 41.5%

1975 Signatory 19yo 53.5%

1976 Brodgar 17yo 55%

1981 TWA Mushroom 30yo 52.2%

1981 Dewar Rattray 24yo 51.5%

1982 G&M 40yo 51.5%

1987 G&M 35yo 56.9%

1991 Signatory 32yo 53.4%

1992 Artful Dodger 28yo 46.6%

1998 RMW 25yo 49.6%

1999 TWA Queen Bee 51.7%

2001 19yo 52.5%

2006 TBWC 90 seconds to midnight 17yo 55.5%

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