Highland Park Whisky
ABOVE: The Highland Park Distillery is open to
visitors year-round. INSET BELOW: Gerry Tosh offers
whisky tips and tipples during a tasting in New York.
Tosh is a man with a mission, which isn't to say that he's a latter-day Billy
Graham. Mr. Tosh, a Scotsman with a nose for fine single malts, is the Global
Brand Ambassador for Highland Park Whisky, which is produced by the northernmost whisky distillery in the
Wherever he travels in the 70 countries where Highland Park is
sold, the 30-year-old Tosh brings the spirit of the Orkney Islands with him--or
perhaps one should say "spirits," as in a selection of 12-, 18-, and 25-year-old whiskies whose
character was formed by a land of "windswept moors, craggy outcrops, and ancient
religious sites" where "wind, rain, lightening, freezing ice, crushing waves and
hail provide the perfect setting for the home of one of the world’s best malt
I crossed paths with Gerry Tosh in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where
he stopped over on his way to a publicity event in Alaska. Having passed up the chance to have
Mr. Tosh visit my home office for a tasting by my desk (what would the neighbors
have thought?), I was asked to sample a wee dram--or several--at a downtown
restaurant. I accepted the invitation; until I could manage a visit to Orkney
and the Highland Park distillery, it made sense to let the islands--or at least
their spiritous essence--come to me.
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