Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Compass Box (CB)
Number of bottles
47.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Apr 2019 11:52 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 761.25

47 × in wishlist

115 × member ratings

221 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tobias & The Angel CB

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.86 points

  1. MGHOW did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Not a single written review? Baahh...Just a load of flippers boosting this overpriced blend. Glad I didn't get on this hype train.

  2. Griller76 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Already in the nose you have a breathtaking / beguiling Duftpotpourri.
    This noble drop is always consistent and exciting, as well as mysterious profound and unfortunately also pleasantly tasty.

    @MGHOW: If you have not got any bottle, or sample of it, don`t talk and don`t be jealous that others have got one bottle and you don`t. Thats life! = ;-)
    • Nose
      96 96
      Clearly: Mon Cheri Praline: Cherry in a sweet liqueur covered in dark chocolate, acacia honey, light smoke, milk chocolate, a little bit sprightly, eggnog, fruity, floral, fresh almond speculum, stone pine
    • Taste
      92 92
      subtle but clearly perceptible sweetness, a lot of sherry, mildness and softness, medium oak bitterness, then builds a burning on which briefly becomes almost impetuous as the high sea, then subsides. The whiskey is always full of spice and harmony. The rearing of the alcohol in the taste forms an interesting tension.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Short mentholic, then very long mild sweet harmonious finish with subtle oak bitterness and barely noticeable smoke.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very marketable name with loads of fake scores. Collectors and flippers abound. How's the actual whisky?
    • Nose
      90 90
      Good start. Sweet and waxy, with loads of vanilla. Coca Cola Vanilla? Sure, why not. Ripe pears, Bartlett and Korean types.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very watery entry. Seriously. Why is it so watery? Once you chew on it, then you get some hints of the Clynelish waxiness and white fruits. There is some peat from Caol Ila, but not much. Clynelish definitely predominates here, just like the nose. But again, why is this so weak?
    • Finish
      87 87

      Really, this whisky is not bad and super quaffable but seriously????!!!! $500 retail??? Someone is laughing ALLLLL the way to the bank. Just buy a well-aged Clynelish for $250 and add a few drops of Caol Ila. You'll spend half the price of this or less for something of better quality. You're very welcome.

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful nose and that's it ... behind it is a big disappointment, I expected so much more. It is clearly overvalued.
    Too expensive for what it is !
    • Nose
      Pretty peat that fades with time. Fruit compote (orange, peach, apricot ...).
      There is also wax, precious wood, honey and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sweet spices, nice punch, woody with a slight bitterness and an embarrassing citric side.
    • Finish
      Average length on spices and a sweet smoke. There is green wood and bitterness.

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very disappointing bottling all in all. The nose, albeit shy, is quite nice and elegant. But the rest is a joke. Caol Ila 12 proposes something of similar global quality (not as good on the nose but better on the rest) for no more than 5-10% of the price. If you're looking for a CB that really gets the Caol-Clynelish marriage right and is just better in every possible way, just get the Flaming Heart 5th, at ~25% of the price.

    Seriously, this is worrying. Worrying towards what Compass Box is slowly becoming. If this is really "the best they've ever bottled", then it's pretty clear to me that in a matter of years they will have become nothing more than the marketing-fueled ghost of what they once were.

    Seriously, I did not want to go into this one with any pre-concieved scepticism, but really, how, just tell me HOW can this get a 91.25 score with 92 votes, if not for flippers and fools that got trapped by the sirens of marketing and that now try to convince themselves that it is worth the money. Thing is : it is not. Completely agree with DramDracula on this (and on many other things :P)

    87+/88-, and that's because I like Caol Ila a lot, so I can't subjectively give it less. But it is a poor blender's work (first because the end product feels like it is probably nowhere near as good as any of its 2 parts, second because I find the Clynelish absolutely not present enough, though I seem to be in the minority on that regard), and above all a catastrophic value for money.
    • Nose
      90 90
      It's shy, and relatively simple, on a classic Caol Ila profile, only a little less peated than usual (that's probably the "substractive" effect of the Clynelish). Nice green apple and brine, with a little green tea and bayleaf. Classic, but not anything special honestly, you can encounter these notes in a massive amount of cheaper Caol Ila's. Slowly though, this reveals its real charms, with touches that finally evoke a real old Caol Ila : old style mustard, whelks, old books, macha tea, dried mint. But these only come in very elusive and transient flashes, and you have to work to find them. So yes, it is elegant, but I would say it lacks spontaneity.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Ok. So, sure the alcohol integration is good and the relatively low proof works well in a drinker's perspective. So does the medium texture. But talking about flavours now : where. are. they. Seriously, this is nothing more than Caol Ila Moch at this point. This is the most simple and minimalistic young Caol Ila profile you could imagine. Fleetwood, ashes, briny vegetals, thank you, good night. An appalling lack of complexity.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Same here, this doesn't get any complexity back, this is still desperately simple on classic young CI notes. So as is, it's nice, but it's not what you should get. A little white wine and flint, white pepper, seaweed. Very consensual, but not bad. Medium length.

  6. Batman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Floral, grassy, wet rocks/rain, waxy, gentle peat, lean and well defined. A favorite combination of mine. The development reveals itself in slow-motion, indicating the positive effects of well-aged old whisky. This profile is similar to the Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (which is not REALLY a three year old, shhh...), but with more peat. The Clynelish 24 and Caol Ila 35 really complement each other in this blend, I think the Caol Ila would be too one dimensional on its own, with the Clynelish providing a spring-time like dimension tapering off what would be a darker more brooding peated malt.

    People complain about the price, but why single out this bottle? Prices are stupid across the board. Tobias & the Angel is 24year old Clynelish and 35yo Caol Ila, which would likely cost the same in single malt form from an independent bottler (more if from the distillery). Why should people's price expectations be lower just because Compass Box blended the two together?

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    18 for a blended!
    • Nose
      salt, sweet spices, then fine peat
      yellow fruits stewed with a vanilla background
      wax, fat that stays in the nostrils
      gingerbread too
      it's fine, good mix!
    • Taste
      the maritime side comes out with dry peat
      sodden wood occurs
      the aqueous wax, a little encaustic there with fruits cooked but not macerated, almost fresh, just crushed, peach, a little mandarin and lemon
      spices that amplify the sensation in the mouth without more.
      fresh ground almonds and vanilla and some dried herbs
    • Finish
      quite long with a fine smoke, a little candied citrus and the humid woody
      a little orange and vanilla.

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Really good blended malt, towards Port Dhubh 21 or Cutty Sark 25, but accordingly worth around 100-200 €, nothing more.
    • Nose
      Mashed cherries with pits, fine charcoal smoke, autumn leaves, nutmeg, paprika, chestnut, black pepper, dry tobacco leaves, ginger, cumin, some plum
    • Taste
      Herbal honey, cherry, concentrated, charcoal, beautiful red apple, dry tobacco, autumn leaves, hazelnut, camphor, earl gray, bitter orange, paprika, chestnut, black pepper
    • Finish
      Tobacco, fennel, rosemary, walnut, cherry pits, medium length

  9. saothangbay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. vk666 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88


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