Whiskey taster self-isolated since pandemic over fears of losing senses

Edinburgh (UK), Dec 5 (EFE).- Blair Bowman, a young Scottish whiskey taster, has locked himself up at his Edinburgh home since the pandemic broke out over fears for his treasured palate and avoid the two characteristic coronavirus symptoms; loss of smell and taste.

  The 31-year-old, who used to travel extensively before the pandemic, said he did not want to take any risks and that self-isolation was a personal choice and that he was “happy to do that.”

“Being aware that one of the risks is that you can loose your sense of smell, so in my work, my job is smelling whiskies, tasting whiskies, analyzing whiskies, and saying this is an exceptional and very good quality whiskey.

“Imagine if one of the symptoms of Covid was going blind, artists and photographers and designers and all of these people of this industry would say, oh, I do not want to (…) get any chance of getting the virus,” Bowman says.

Since March 2020, he has moved been working virtually, holding meetings online and helping people find the best whisky.

 “I am incredibly lucky to have a job that does not feel like a job. Before I was getting paid to travel around the world and talk about whiskey.

 “Now I am getting paid to kind of sit at home and still do talk about whisky with people and help them find amazing and interesting whiskies,” he tells Efe.

When asked about his plans for the future, Bowman, who has been administered two doses of the vaccine, said he is not in a hurry to go back to the real world, as the possibility of getting infected still exists.

“People are back to normal so to speak and that is completely fine if that is what they are comfortable to do, but I am going to take my time,” he says.

 “When I feel ready, I know that I will feel ready again to go travel internationally and host events,” he added. EFE

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