The Glenlivet XXV 25yo (43% ABV, 25yo, OB, Speyside Scotland)
A dark, rich, deep copper, completely distinct from any other original bottling (OB) The Glenlivet we tried on the night. I love it when whiskies look like this dark and "complex" without any caramel colouring.
Nose: Maple syrup, oaky but not overpowering. Rich, with a noticeable sherry influence.
Palate: Initially feels like it's carrying more than 43% ABV. Not harsh, just a big mouthfeel. Sharp flavour with strong berry undertones, and the sherry influence is again noticeable. Some toffee notes but for me, the berry notes were the strongest.
Finish: Lengthy as you'd expect, with the sherry notes remaining right to the end. Perfectly balanced though. I really couldn't think of a better way to cap off what was an amazing night. Sitting around, chatting to other whisky fans, while Steph and I clinked a final glass of this - heaven.
Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 92/100. A whisky with the substance to match it's packaging and prestige.