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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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The G&M Upper Connoisseurs Choice Tasting - w/ special guest Stephen Rankin - Friday 6th May

After the success of last years first joint East Coast Whisky and Gordon & Macphail online tasting, I am delighted to present our next one. This time we are focusing on delicious whiskies of 30yrs+ in age, from a range of cask-types, all found in G&M’s Upper Connoisseurs Choice range, as well as taking a small glimpse into their Private Collection. We also have Stephen Rankin, G&M’s Director of Prestige, joining us. He is a 4th generation family member for the company, and has decades of experience in the whisky industry. He has been recognised for this as a Master of the Quaich. Stephen is a great host with lots of stories to share and information to give. It will be an excellent tasting!!

The Drams

Balmenach 1987 32

Benriach 1987 32

Linkwood 1984 34

Balblair 1989 31

Mortlach 1988 32

Glenburgie 1988 32

Benrinnes 1990 30

Glenlivet 1990 30 Glenlivet PC 1976 - 2021

Glen Grant PC 1980 - 2020

The Details

The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 6th May (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards). The tasting is designed to be informative, yet informal, with guests enjoying that everyone can join in, and that there are no whisky snobs or show-offs allowed!!

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

The Upper Connoisseurs Choice 8 dram set costs £140

You can then either add:

The 1976 Private Collection Glenlivet (refill sherry) costs +£40

OR The 1980 Private Collection Glen Grant costs +£20

OR Get the whole 10 dram set for £190 (while stocks last)

(DPD delivery for the rest of world (except Russia & China & Taiwan) is available upon email request, this cost will be extra)

Places are limited so please book early.

To join, please pay: including your name, address, & UCC & your PC dram choice in the notes. If you wish, 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

To get the jump on these tastings and for general whisky chat, why not join the EAST COAST WHISKY CLAN on WhatsApp? To do so just email me your mobile and we will get you set up asap!!

There are some stunning drams in this tasting, and some rare ones. Also having Stephen with us is a great bonus, so I do hope as many of you will attend as possible!!

Frederick Maitland


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