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A Dream Job for Whiskey Lovers

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 2:40 PM ET

There was the island-caretaker joband the honeymoon-tester job but this dream job is for, how shall we say, the more distinguished gentleman or woman, who enjoys a fine glass of whiskey now and again and, presumably, has many leather-bound books.

Bushmills Master Distiller
Source: Bushmills
Bushmills Master Distiller

Bushmills , which has been making whiskey for over 400 years, is holding a “Make It at Bushmills” contest, offering one lucky man or woman the chance to be an assistant to Master Distiller Colum Egan.

It’s like Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice,” only with whiskey — and hair.

“Everywhere I go, people tell me that I have the best job in the world, “ Egan said. “So I thought it would be great to give somebody the chance to experience my life.”

During the one-month apprenticeship at the distillery, which is on the coast of Northern Ireland, the winner will not only learn all the nuances that go into making whiskey — from all the ingredients, to how to blend a scotch after it matures — but will actually make a whiskey of his or her own.

The job pays 5,000 pounds (US$7,500) with all expenses paid, including luxury accommodations and return flights to Ireland.

Bushmills Distillery
Source: Bushmills
Bushmills Distillery

To enter, all you have to do is write in 1608 characters \(that’s the year the company was founded\) or less why you should be the whiskey apprentice and submit a video pitching yourself for the job online at Facebook.com/Bushmills1608. But submissions are due June 30 by midnight \(7pm Eastern time\), so chop, chop!

Yes, you will get on-the-job training, but in your video application, you should demonstrate some knowledge of whiskey such as the difference between whisky and whiskey with an “e.”

Oh, and here's another freebie: Whiskey is derived from Old Irish and means "the water of life."

So far, the applicants, which hail from all over, from Bulgaria to South Africa, have been pretty creative, showing their musical, artistic and dancing skills, and even bringing their friends into the mix.

Finalists will be selected from each participating country and will go on to phase two of the competition, “Bushcamp,” a three-day competition at Bushmills on the North Coast of Ireland. Contestants will compete on a series of challenges set up by the Master Distiller. Then, the winner will be selected by a public vote.

As W.C. Fields once said, "Always carry a flagon of whiskeyin case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."

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