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 Bottled at 47.6%
Lead Whiskymaker: John Glaser
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.
We have a long-held reverence for the whiskies of the Clynelish and Caol Ila Distilleries. Ever since ELEUTHERA, our first malt blend released in 2002, we have known that these two single malt whiskies can complement each other exquisitely. For the label artwork, so great is our esteem for the whiskies in this blend that we looked to Renaissance painting for inspiration. We’ve chosen TOBIAS & THE ANGEL , a beautiful painting produced at Andrea del Verrocchio’s studio in Florence during the 15th century. As was common at the time, however, TOBIAS & THE ANGEL showcases the talents of several artists. For example, the little dog with its graceful and minutely-observed curls of hair, and the gleaming fish carried by Tobias, were both painted by a young Leonardo da Vinci. We love the symbolism of the naïve boy and the divine angel. To us this represents the relationship between aromatic smoke, a hallmark of Caol Ila Distillery, and the ethereal fruitiness and complexity of Clynelish. TOBIAS & THE ANGEL is our latest study of these two unique flavour profiles, and the effects of their combination. Due to the age of the single malts involved, it is also our rarest and most precious. We hope that those able to acquire a bottle might share its contents with other whisky lovers; the Angel to their Tobias.
Other Scotch Whisky – Blended Malt Whisky
Distant bonfires underlay ethereal herbal and fruit characters, the result of extended maturation.
Nose: quite an ethereal, almost perfumed profile. Hessian, rosemary and thyme. Pine needles. Almonds, subtle smoke dried grass. Light vanilla. Waxy notes, with peaches and yellow apples in the background. Some acacia honey.
Mouth: the joys of old Caol Ila (late 1970s, early 1980s I’d say). Velvety smoke and creamy stewed fruits. Apricots, maybe a hint of mango. Then sweet spices (ginger, pepper), growing slightly austere with a light oaky / herbal bitterness. Waxy notes. Rubbed lemon peel.
Finish: long, on subtle peat, aromatic herbs and wood.
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