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Overall rating
Springbank Distillers Ltd. (SpD)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
to Commemorate the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn 1314 - 2014
Added on
13 Jul 2014 11:42 am by Bheithir

Average value

€ 278,39

42 × in wishlist

239 × member ratings

361 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Spirit of Freedom 30-year-old SpD

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    This was Frank McHardy’s final project before retiring as Springbank production director. This blend consists of 75% malt whiskies [from five distilleries covering the five whisky regions], and 25% grain whisky. It would be reasonable to assume there’s a proportion of Springbank in here, but that is only an assumption.

    N: Fusty, dusty/sooty/ashy, nutty, gritty, grassy=cereal-y lemony soft with stringy candy, light caramel, baking fruits, a little papaya, medjool dates, faded [brown] leather [tOMoH], banana shake, rose herbal soap, vanilla cream,… Cracking and congenial nose. 
    T: Not a whiff of grain early on. With a strong, direct & bitter arrival, this is barley malt forward - rich, soft floury malt countered by an firm, acute citrus character towards bitter lemon & grapefruit. Later it creams up as those casks of 30 years take hold of the reigns.
    F: Lots of moving parts to the finish. Soft & integrated woody and gravel-y sour vanilla cream joins the bitter~sour citrus, a sweetish<savoury Euthymol candy fruitiness and mineral barley notes with sooty=smokey hints throughout. However it’s the mineral-y=pebble-y citrus that remains stalwart.
    C: The bottle didn’t last too long, a testament to its tastiness. I recommend only a little water.Scores a B[+}

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Rambojunior83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Pretty fruity, exotic fruits, banana, some wood, a bit of smoke (?).
    • Taste
      Fruits also, apples, a hint of acidulated. It's light, fresh. Frangipane after a few minutes.
    • Finish
      Quite short unfortunately, still a little fruit, wood (very light).

  5. Donrickone scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    NOSE: Full, fruity and complex, barely noticeable alcohol. First, a fresh fruit basket, then more tropical fruit salad, in the course of oranges, apples (fresh green + older red), peach, oranges. A great development as well as the taste and aftertaste!
    It adds a mineral, maritime touch, clear Springbank influence but without "dirt", then citrus notes and a dry "woody odor".

    TALES: Great texture elegant and full. Full fruit flavor first apples, tropical fruits (as well as in the nose) then some salt, briefly chocolate, pepper possibly nutmeg? Then vanilla and apple + lemon.

    NACHKLANG: Long-lasting and here a development that I rarely have in shape, the fruits come through again .. then the wood influence with spices and towards the end of a very intense full apple flavor.

    Conclusion: A great blend! Great "composed", balanced, super "development" 91 points.

  6. mosesumike did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten
    Herbal and floral at first. Heather honey. Becomes wider and sweeter, with nougat but also slightly exotic fruits (guava, banana). Nicely waxy, with some coconut oils. Mineral touches as well, it’s easy to detect some Springbank in there.
    Creamy and surprisingly fruity. Slightly exotic fruits indeed: pineapple, orange and papaya. Balanced herbal notes and waxed furniture. Vanilla. Honey. Pretty old-school, how nice to find this in a blend. Hardly any grainy notes.
    Long, some grains now, hints of oak as well, but also fruity sweetness.
    A very nice surprise, especially for a blended whisky. Well composed, interestingly old-style and very reasonably

    Score: 90/100

  7. schero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great whiskey that I will always associate with my 30th birthday =)
    • Nose
      Licorice mixed with yellow fruits, dominant but very pleasant dry oak aroma, together come fruits such as peach, mango, orange juice, papaya, but the old wall unit does not diminish, with time you will notice in my view, some Springbank with the mineral note, back out the vanilla slowly stronger
    • Taste
      Powerful and slightly sparkling start, immediately behind the yellow fruits and oak, a bit sparkling on the tongue, dry leather, in addition to a little effervescent powder, the mango can also be found on the tongue sometime
    • Finish
      The dry oak flavor dominates, light bitterness, neat heat, the lively side is retained, which I feel very comfortable

  8. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    This was around £75 when it came out in 2014, now going at auction for around three times that [Aug ’17].

    N: Hmm, this is likeable. Mineral caramel,.. or toffee [cant decide], some soot,......
    T: This has Springbank written all over it, though acting here merely as an independent bottler & blender. They present a thick yet easy malt, creamy>fresh.
    F: Butter biscuits, sweet heather.
    C: Seriously fun blend. A more in-depth review will follow later in the year.Scores a B[+]

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=272 Color: straw yellow Nose: Yellow apples, wax, citrus fruits, vanilla and cream. More and more floral and grassy with hints of honey, wet cardboard and Fruchtmus. Taste: First honey-laden fruit sweetness, then fresh and spicy. Herbaceous with hints of green wood, nut shells and stinging nettles - overall getting tart. The fruit components are completely overlaid towards the end by resinous wood and mint. Finish: Long - dry, bitter and starting with fresh wood. After a while, notes of vanilla, honey and leather are added. Comment: But too old? 86 points (Nose: 88 / Taste: 86 / Finish: 84)

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This blend is really damn good, and clearly displays its affiliation with Springbank. Balanced and coherent. Only the reduction in the mouth and bitterness in the final could have been more discreet for it to be perfect. But if I crossed a bottle today, I would let myself be tempted without forcing myself.
    • Nose
      Honey, a thin smoke of dry and dusty grass, vanilla, and caramelized yellow fruit. A nice nose, seductive and greedy; while also having a rustic, country side. The contribution of Sherry casks is noticeable.
    • Taste
      Dry apricot, vanilla orange, soft spices by handfuls, and dry smoke that remains in the background. The reduction is felt at this level, however.
    • Finish
      A woody bitterness arises. The apricot and the smoke continue to ensure their permanence. A spicy tip remains on the tip of the tongue.


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