IT IS being advertised as the best job in the world – whisky taster at a bar in Edinburgh.
Biddy Mulligan’s in the capital’s Grassmarket, stocks 120 whiskies and is looking for a “freelance whisky consultant” to help whittle down the selection for its drinks menu.
The successful candidate will spend several days weighing up the relative merits of an 18-year-old Highland Park, a 15-year-old Redbreast Irish whiskey and a 17-year-old Japanese whisky, Suntory Hibiki, among others.
General manage Donal Hurrell said: “The job will involve turning up, admiring the vast whisky collection and recommending the best varieties. Anyone of any legal drinking age can apply, from anywhere.
“Most whisky enthusiasts enjoy a dram, but the real aficionados we want to hear from savour everything from the colour and the nose to the subtle tones and flavours.”
He added: “This is a great opportunity for someone who is a real whisky lover to come along and help us choose our list. We’re looking for a keen amateur who will become our freelance whisky consultant.
“We anticipate a lot of applications but we’re really looking for someone who is genuinely enthusiastic about whisky.”
The unpaid post will involve evaluating two to four “nips” per session.
A spokeswoman from the Scottish Whisky Experience said: “The best way to taste a whisky is to look at five different areas – colour, bodyweight, nose, taste and finish.”