A complicated job where it takes a minimum of three years to see a finished product, a master distiller makes whiskey. The process of making whiskey is long with many steps, from grinding barley into grist, mixing grist with hot water, fermenting yeast, distilling the liquids into "wash" and "spirit" and storing the alcohol in casks for up to 50 years [source: Insley]. Many distilleries have been around for decades and tend to be family affairs, where everything was done by hand until many of the more difficult tasks became automated.
Still, the career of a master distiller is still hard work. In addition to the manual labor of making the whiskey, distillers ensure the process runs smoothly. But they also get to travel around, marketing their liquor and ensuring it's being served and sold correctly. And then there's the tasting — when you have stock that's more than 20 years old, you have a lot of tasting opportunities.