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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.

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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.

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The BALVENIE w/ special guest Charlie Metcalfe - Friday 10th June 2022 - SOLD OUT

Updated: May 30, 2022

Another month, another amazing tasting for you!! This time The Balvenie featuring their global brand ambassador, Charlie Metcalfe. It is going to be some night!!

The Drams

That’s right, that’s 10 specially curated drams from right across the ages of Balvenie, as well as a very fine 1974 Signatory Vintage & the old Classic 18, all for your enjoyment!!

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 10th June (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).

The tasting is informative, yet informal, with everyone able to join in, and share their whisky enthusiasm rather than their ego’s!!

The 10 BALVENIE 15ml drams will be mailed to you, 1st class signed for (in a padded box) at least a week before the tasting. International shipping is available upon request. You will also receive some tasting notes, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the event.

This event is £140 (all inclusive). There is also an 8 dram option for £110 which is 8 drams (less the 1974 & the TUN 1401)

Please pay: including your name, address, & Balvenie in the notes. You can also pay by bank transfer, please contact me for the details.

If this is your first tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to

I had the most amazing trip round Balvenie last year with Charlie, so I am thrilled that we could get him involved, and really go to town on this amazing malt.

Frederick Maitland


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