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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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The Old & Rarer Christmas Whisky Extravaganza - Friday 18th December

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has supported East Coast Whisky over this last year. Who knew Zoom whisky tastings would become a great thing, or that from taking interesting photos of special whiskies, I could get 5350+ Instagram followers for that #dramotheday!!

Anyway I want to give something back to you for East Coast Whisky's last online public tasting event of 2020, so I have selected a very special collection of 8 bottles for you to try. These are as follows:

A 1973 Cragganmore 29yo special edition, 52.5%

The 2020 Special Release 1989 Dalwhinnie 30yo, 51.9%

A 1973 Teaninich 33yo from Murray McDavid, 55.9%

A 1981 Dallas Dhu 29yo from Duncan Taylor, 53.0%

A 1989 Mortlach 30yo from Douglas Laing XOP, 52.4%

A 1984 Glen Grant 31yo from Cadenhead's, 46.1%

The 1994 Longrow 25yo from Cadenhead's, 52.1%

Laphroaig 30, 2020, The Ian Hunter Story book 2, 48.2%

A fine few drams I reckon to see out this year, and welcome in the new.

I am offering this tasting at cost to you, so £140 all inclusive for UK first class posting. Contact me if in Europe for DPD.

This event is SOLD OUT, thank you!!

The tasting session will start at 7.30pm until 10pm on Friday 18th December (please note the new later start time). I will email everyone a Zoom link and tasting notes, before the event. I will also record the evening if you can't make it.

The 8 drams come in 25ml pocket bottles, safely packed and tracked to you.

I look forward to sharing a magical whisky evening with you.

Frederick Maitland

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