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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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Whisky for All 9 - Friday 30th April

It’s time for another Whisky for All, the ninth in the series, and the first one to feature 10 unique and delicious drams.

To be held on Friday 30th April, from 7.30 - 10pm, on Zoom. If you can’t make this date, there will be a recording available afterwards!

The Drams

Port Dundas 27 - a juicy grain from 5yrs ago!!

Glen Ord Artisan NAS - easy drinking distillery exclusive.

Aultmore 21 - a delicious discovery from Cadenheads.

Aberfeldy 17 - hand filled at the distillery 3 yrs ago, special Highland gold.

Blair Athol 21 - another Highland cracker from A.D. Rattray.

Longmorn 23 - a rare rum casked Longmorn from the devils of Campbeltown!

Glen Garioch 25 - a personal favourite from Cadenhead’s 175th anniversary.

Highland Park 21 - XOP & a beautiful prelude to a special whisky vertical for later this year.

Ardmore 21 - Gordon & Macphail fine version of this Highland peated favourite.

Bowmore 23 - Lady of the Glen, do it again!!

The tasting costs £85 all inclusive (DPD to Europe is a bit more, available upon request).

For East Coast Whisky members the cost is £80 (please enquire if interested in joining the WhatsApp group).

To join: including your name, address, and W4A9 in the notes. If this is your first tasting with us, please also email these details to

The TEN 20ml drams will be sent first class in a padded box, signed for, a week before the event. You will also receive some collated tastings notes and a Zoom link a couple of days before the evening too.

I’m looking forward to seeing som old and new faces at this fine whisky celebration of Spring 🤞.


Frederick Maitland

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