Reggaeblues - I hope your music's better than your maths
I mlistened to Mark Gillespie's whisky broadcast which included a chat with JM. JM mentioned in relation to Michael Jackson that the life of a whisky taster, although not without its compensations, does mean making considerable sacrifices. This includes being constantly on the road. I suspect you can also add financial insecurity to the list. Obviously, even with spittoons, getting through 800 whiskies in 6 months is a bit of an ordeal - especially when many of them, by definition, are going to be rather ordinary. That's over 4 a day, every day. And presumably some days are written off due to hosting tastings, being otherwise on the road, or drinking drams for other purposes.
Fair play to you JM - and the personal message was really very impressive indeed (it said "how I envy you breating in the beautiful North British air every day"), because where I live in Edinburgh, if the wind blows the right way, I get the sweet smell of the North British distillery straight through to my sitting room.