Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 11:16 am by Bheithir

Average value

€ 418.53

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272 × member ratings

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

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice mature round blend, the Springbank is unmistakable - dangerously tasty
    • Nose
      89 89
      Salmiak, salt, a day on the coast with wild sea and high spray, ripe apples, white bread, vanilla, very slight smoky note
    • Taste
      89 89
      creamy and round mouthfeel - vanilla ice cream, rhubarb, renecloden - earthy and dry, but no wood
    • Finish
      88 88
      dry, creamy vanilla, soft, mineral earthiness - long

  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 Senior

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

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Very good on the nose, light and easy to drink
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense, fruity, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, marzipan, hints of dry hay, spices, pepper, whiffs of oak wood, little seabreeze, iodine, minerals - great!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, fruity, good sweetness, peaches, bananas, apples, pears - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, very little soapy hints but doesn't hurt

  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. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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. WhiskyLovingPianist 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[+}

  8. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The Spirit of Freedom was created by Frank McHardy, the ingenious Springbank production manager, as the last step of his many years at Springbank and bottled there as well. It consists of 1/4 grain and at least 3/4 Malt, the latter portion of single malts from 5 distilleries of the various Scottish Whiskey regions was nibbled, which in turn were previously in ex-Sherry or ex-Bourbon barrels. Of course, the youngest shares in Vatting have matured to a full 30 Lenze. A high on our beloved, strict whiskey regulations. Nothing to complain about. Okay, a Tomatin 30 is even more fruity, a Laddie 32 DNA even more complex and, and and. But Freedom has its own niche. 'Do not mess with Scotland!'
    • Nose
      In the nose a real fruit bomb. Very luscious. Bananas, nectarines, and white grapes lead. Behind it honey cake. The slightly disproportionately high proportion of old Grain in Freedom is already noticeable on the nose. No biting alcohol. 30 years of storage and probably a little water to hit exactly 46% of drinking stews, sometimes help.
    • Taste
      Soft first impression. Creamy, fruity - now lead apricot and English orange jam - and herbal notes, which I had not pronounced in the nose, form a very successful, harmonious whole without being overly complex.
    • Finish
      Medium-length finish, which now also brings the oak flavor to light. The decades-long barrel storage is noticeable. But he is not bitter. The fruit changes again. Fresh clementines. Very successful, I really enjoy it.

  9. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity. Easy to drink, it's very immediate. The woody notes are more present in the mouth but remain behind the fruit. Excellent value.
    • Nose
      Really fruity and creamy. Melted mix of ripe fruits (yellow and exotic fruits). Relatively sweet: vanilla, honey, malt. The coconut appears more and more present during the tasting. Really a treat.
    • Taste
      Much more powerful than the nose suggested. Creamy, very exotic fruits are very present (persimmon, pineapple), spices (ginger and pepper in the head) are also there. Wood is definitely more present than the nose. Some tobacco leaves too.
    • Finish
      Powerful. A little drier and bitter. Always ripe fruit but it's pretty evanescent.

  10. ThS scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very nice blend, very complex, very chiseled, very pure. A treat, a game, a real emotion and a real jubilation. At the introductory price (around € 85), a nugget!
    • Nose
      Wow! Immediately salivating, with its acidulous exotic fruit aroma: kiwi, guava, pineapple sugar bread ... Beeswax then appears enveloping chocolate accents, praline and vanilla. All this is precise, airy, clean. Then the hazelnut and cocoa powder play hide-and-seek with tropical fruits and the beeswax gently vanilla leads the dance. A little polished wood. Spicy volutes and slightly minty. We never tire. 93
    • Taste
      Oily mouth, good body. More spicy. Sherry seems to be taking over, with leather and walnut husks. Chalky notes, and a slight smoke. The exotic fruits play on the bitters without losing their acidity. It's good! It's complex and delicate! A little wax, a hint of pear. 91
    • Finish
      Rather short but too bad, it was so good! Pretty persistence on sherry accents delicately smoked. 88


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