Compass Box Scotch Whiskymakers has evolved its core collection by redesigning the labels for its two popular, award-winning blended Scotch whiskies.

Internationally renowned designers Stranger & Stranger have added their own creative twist to both labels. The creation of the new labels celebrates the diversity of thinking and originality of both cities with a homage to blending’s golden age in the late 19th century when individuals used artistry, creativity and craft to pioneer the world-famous blended whisky.

The previously named Great King Street collection has relaunched under new simplified names – Artist Blend and Glasgow Blend – though the liquids remain the same.

First created by Compass Box Founder John Glaser in 2011, Artist Blend (43% ABV) was inspired by 100-year-old recipes. Reminiscent of apple, salted caramel and baking spices with a notably creamy mouthfeel and long finish, this blended Scotch whisky has a higher proportion of single malt whiskies than is typically found in blends today. A vibrantly fruity and creamy flavour profile complements the artistic endeavour and creative flair that Edinburgh is famous for.

A tribute to Edinburgh, Artist Blend’s new label depicts an artist in front of the world-famous Scottish National Gallery and embodies the creative spirit of Compass Box.

Artist Blend can be drunk neat, with a splash of water or on the rocks, and is versatile enough for cocktail creation and a classic Highball.

Conceived as a contrast to Artist Blend, Glasgow Blend (43% ABV) represents the bold, fearless and characterful personality of the Glaswegians. The new label features one of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks, the statue of the Duke of Wellington, which has had various traffic cones placed on its head for the past 30 years, as a symbol of the city’s sense of humour.

An old-school peaty blended Scotch whisky, Glasgow Blend was originally created by John Glaser in 2014 and draws on an historical reference that Glaswegians have long preferred bigger, smokier whiskies.

With a high malt content, Glasgow Blend is full, bold and smoky on the palate and unites the rich spice and fruitcake-like notes of Sherry cask ageing with the maritime punch of Islay malt whisky.

Glasgow Blend can be poured into a tumbler or wine glass and enjoyed pre- or post-dinner, perhaps with a splash of water. The added weight of this bold blend brings extra depth to whisky-based cocktails.