Compass Box Tobias & the Angel Blended Malt Scotch
Made from just two parcels of whisky, which we are unlikely to source again at these ages, Tobias & the Angel is a culmination of two decades of whiskymaking.
We have a long-held reverence for the whiskies of the Clynelish and Caol Ila Distilleries. Ever since Eleuthera, which we created in 2002, we have understood that these two distillery whiskies complement each other exquisitely.
So great is our reverence for the flavour profiles of these distilleries, and so elevated are the ages of the individual whiskies we have used in this blend, to inspire our label artwork we turned to the paintings of the Renaissance.
We’ve 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 we have learned in nearly 20 years of whisky blending.
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