Wanna become the Next Whisky Maker?

This fall, Berry Brothers & Rudd, makers of the Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, announced a one-of-a-kind experience. Four passionate Scotch aficionados will have the chance to work as an official Glenrothes Whisky Maker, spending a week at the distillery in Speyside, Scotland for a whisky adventure.

Each winner, selected from qualified entrants from around the globe, will work at the Glenrothes distillery learning the art of creating Scotland’s quintessential elixir, the company informs. 

The winners will be hosted by Ronnie Cox, Keeper of the Quaich and The Glenrothes Brand Heritage Director, and The Glenrothes Malt Master, Gordon Motion. 

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The participants will spend time learning and honing their skills at each stage of the craft, from testing the fresh water source that runs alongside the distillery, to milling, mashing, fermenting and distillation.

From there the whisky makers will be rolling up their sleeves at the onsite cooperage, laying down casks for maturation, nosing whisky from maturing casks to discover the art of maturation, and selecting exceptional casks to be bottled as The Glenrothes single malt whisky.

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Each of the winners will produce their own selection of The Glenrothes, labeled with their own hand-written tasting notes.

Until Jan. 31, 2011, would-be whisky makers can enter by visiting www.theglenrothes.com/whiskymaker and telling the judges why they are uniquely qualified to undertake this task.

While working at the distillery, the fledgling whisky makers will stay at Rothes House, the brand’s accommodation for visiting friends, just a short walk from the distillery. 

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After spending the days learning their craft, they will live as the locals do: fishing in the local streams, dining in the local Highland restaurants or picnicking in the hills surrounding the distillery.

The final day of their adventure will be spent in Edinburgh with overnight accommodations at The Scotsman Hotel and dinner with Scotch expert, Charlie MacLean.

The grand prize is one of four trips to spend time working at The Glenrothes distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Runners up will also have the opportunity to receive unique prizes from The Glenrothes. 

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The contest is open to consumers from around the globe, where legal, who are 21 and over.

Entries must be received by Jan. 31, 2011. The trip will commence on May 8, 2011, lasting for seven nights, ending May 14, 2011. 

The winner must have a valid passport and be able to travel on these dates. Four winners will be selected by an independent judging panel, said the company Monday, Jan. 3. 

Drink responsibly.

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Rakesh Raman