Whisky Review: Spirit of Freedom 45

Category: Blended scotch whisky

Origin: Various

Bottling: J & A Mitchell

ABV: 45%

Cost: £25.33 from Master of Malt

spirit-of-freedom-45

What they say:

The second release in J & A Mitchell’s Spirit of Freedom series, 45 refers both to the number of whiskies in the blend and the percentage of voters who voted for independence in the September 2014 referendum.

What I say:

The 2nd instalment in the Spirit of Freedom blend series from Springbank Distillery owners J & A Mitchell. Their last Spirit of Freedom 30 Years Old was bottled to commemorate 700 years since the battle of Bannockburn. This edition seemed more of a kneejerk reaction to the Independence Referendum in 2014 during which 45% (actually 44.7%) of voters in Scotland declared their desire ‘Yes’ to become an independent country but failed to obtain the majority vote required to make this happen.

Colour:

Champagne mid-gold (4/20) medium-fine tears & legs

Nose:

Very light and grainy on the nose with fruity melon, white grape & apple juice, plenty of citrus fruit juice and zest, mostly lemon (sour & grapes..?)

Taste:

Mid- over sweet in places, vanilla, lemon, like lemon icing or lemon drizzle cake, coconut, a little lemon zest, Victoria sponge cake (no comment about the quintessential British Monarch who this cake was named after or her love for the Scottish Highlands here ahem.), slightly sour, barley, oak wood, apple, peach, pear and white grape.

Finish:

Medium-long, zesty, white pepper spice, vanilla, quite silky at the end

Overall:

Not overly complex, this felt a little grain heavy and youthful in places. Perhaps the blender focussed more on getting 45 different whiskies into this than about developing a coherent body, structure and flavour for this blend?

Score: 78/100

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