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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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The Ultimate ULTRA TALISKER Tasting - Friday 25th November

Not for the fainthearted, we have gathered together some absolutely legendary TALISKER bottlings for your delight.

Wow!! Life is short and full of uncertainty, but these beauties guarantee some of the best flavours from the world's top selling whisky.


Talisker 21 distilled in 1957.

Talisker 50 year old blend distilled at least in 1952.

Talisker Secret Stills 20yo 1986.

1972 Talisker Berry Bros & Rudd *2 excellent versions.

The sherried 1981 Talisker 20, amazing, and its cousin from 1982.

The 1985, wow!!

1979 Prima & Ultima 41 year old.

The already legendary oldest Talisker 44


The tasting will be held on ZOOM, from 7.30-10pm GMT on Friday 25th November (If you can’t make that time, a recording will be available afterwards).

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

The 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 clues, the running order, and the Zoom link in the days before the evening.

The core set is £280 this gets you seven drams, you can then also add in any combination, the TALISKER 1957 21 Cadenhead for £65, the TALISKER 1979 Prima & Ultima for £80, and/or the TALISKER 44 for £80.

Alternatively a full set is £495, this price reflects the cost of these legendary unicorn bottles & postage/packaging & preparing the tasting, and is far less than you would pay for these drams in a bar!!

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please pay: including your name, address, & TALISKER in the notes, and your TALISKER choices clearly. (Please use friends and family if possible).

You can also pay by bank transfer, contact me for the details.

Also, if this is your first East Coast Whisky tasting, please also email your name, address, & contact telephone number to

Apart from the odd Gordon & Macphail, this is as good as it gets for one of the greatest distilleries on the planet, I wager such an opportunity will not come your way again!! I cannot wait! We started 2022 with the Brora vertical and now we are seeing it out with this.

Frederick Maitland


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