Become a Glenrothes Whisky Maker for a week

Seven days of whisky-making, great food and highland pursuits await competition winners.

Speyside distillery, The Glenrothes, has opened a competition that will see four winners spend a week at their distillery, learning all there is to learn about whisky production.

You can almost see the Angels...

The winners will spend time working at each stage of the whisky-making process: testing the purity of the water at the distillery’s two springs; milling the malt to achieve the golden proportions of husk, grits and flour; mashing to ensure maximum extraction of sugars in the wort; adding yeast to the washbacks and overseeing fermentation; slowly and carefully distilling new make spirit in our tall copper pot stills.

From there the Whisky Makers will be involved in making casks at the cooperage, laying down casks for maturation and rolling casks to the warehouse. The Whisky Makers will then nose single malt from maturing casks to assess whether the contents are of sufficiently exceptional quality and maturity.

Finally, they will have the opportunity to create their very own selection of The Glenrothes – a unique bottle with their own hand-written tasting notes on the label.

The Whisky Makers will stay in Rothes House, a private home belonging to the family that owns The Glenrothes. As with the distillery, Rothes House is not open to the public but is reserved for VIP visits. After making their own bottle of The Glenrothes, our whisky makers will spend their final day of the trip in Edinburgh, visiting The Scotch Whisky Experience and having dinner with Scotland’s pre-eminent whisky writer, Charles MacLean.

Enter the competition

To enter, simply supply your name and personal details and then answer in 50 words or fewer why you are the perfect candidate for the job.

The competition will run from 4th October 2010 to 31st January 2011 and can be entered at