Compass Box / Tobias & The Angel

4th Mar 2019

Made from just two parcels of whisky, which they are unlikely to source again at these ages, Tobias & the Angel is a culmination of two decades of whiskymaking.

They have a long-held reverence for the whiskies of the Clynelish and Caol Ila Distilleries. Ever since Eleuthera, which they created in 2002, they have understood that these two distillery whiskies complement each other exquisitely.

So great is their reverence for the flavour profiles of these distilleries, and so elevated are the ages of the individual whiskies they have used in this blend, to inspire their label artwork they turned to the paintings of the Renaissance.

They have chosen Tobias & the Angel, produced at the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio in the 15th century. One of the young apprentices, and the painter of the small tousle-haired dog and the gleaming fish Tobias carries, was Leonardo da Vinci.

We love the beauty in the work, and the symbolism of the naïve boy and the divine angel. It speaks to how we see the relationship between the ethereal character of the 24-year-old whisky, sourced from the Clynelish Distillery, and the aromatic smokiness exhibited by the considerably older spirit from Caol Ila Distillery.

Like the painting, this whisky charms and dazzles. It is a singular work, a testament to all they have learned in nearly 20 years of whisky blending... read more