405 – What Does It Take To Be A Master Taster? with Melissa Rift of Old Forester

Master Taster. It just sounds like a really cool job. But what does it take to become a Master Taster? Old Forester is a brand that has a history of hiring people for this role and their newest is Melissa Rift. Ryan and I have had the pleasure of getting to know Melissa over the years but it was in different roles she held in the industry. Yet, thanks to notifications on indeed.com, she was able to apply and land this role. We talk about her history and career in the industry and then we dive into the position and what it takes to be a Master Taster. We also dive into consumer demand and where she sees trends changing over time.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about water contamination.
  • What is your background and how you got into the industry?
  • How do you stay invigorated when you have to give the same tour over and over again?
  • Do you feel tours are an entry point into the industry?
  • Tell the story of the stolen catalytic converters
  • How involved were you with quality control and single barrels at Bulliet?
  • How did you find out about the Master Taster position after Jackie left?
  • What were the pre-requisites for this position?
  • Did you feel confident going into this role or was it scary when it became real?
  • When the press release was announced it highlighted your personal life being openly gay. Was this your idea?
  • Did you taste through all product offerings so you can pick them all out?
  • Do you think consumers will change their opinion on proof?
  • Do you have some ideas on how you will change things to meet consumer demand?
  • How does your wife feel about the amount of travel that will now be involved?
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