Overall rating
88.19/100
votes
283
Whiskybase ID
WB56283
Category
Blend
Bottler
Springbank Distillers Ltd. (SpD)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
2014
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
14/248
Barcode
610864000769
Bottled for
to Commemorate the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn 1314 - 2014
Added on
13 jul 2014 11:16 am by Bheithir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 877.19

65 × in wishlist

283 × member ratings

418 × in collection

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

41 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.19 points.

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Campbeltown hype. We are right in the middle of it. Springbank is almost not available and if it is, it’s utterly expensive. What a delight that I still have some old pearls waiting to be enjoyed and what a pearl this is! It might not be completely Springbank but Springbank is responsible for most of its flavor in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Fruitbomb! What a lovely silky and fruity nose this is! Really complex stuff! An explosion of flavors hits me. It needs a little airtime inside the glass for that by the way. Fresh apples, peach, banana, oranges what a fruitbasket it is! A little warmth of the palm of my hand adds mild and sophisticated spices like vanilla and licorice candy.
    • Taste
      Very gentle upon arrival. Sweet, silky, fruity and with mild spices. Very well balanced and really accessible. Everything seems to be in harmony here. Excellent stuff. The palate offers more then enough flavors and complexity.
    • Finish
      Springbank dominated finish in my opinion. Lovely flavors of juicy oak, some sawdust and again a big basket of fruits. Apples, pear, peach and ripe banana’s. What remains is some kind of mouth coating vanilla blanket.

      The fun part here is that it’s really accessible for new whisky drinkers who want to experience an older whisky but at the same time it’s highly fit for the more experienced ones as well. It’s lovely stuff. If I remember it right, this bottling was overlooked and rather cheap in terms of prices. But if I knew then what I know now, I absolutely would have bought a box of it. I’ll look out for it but the current price in the market (€469 in januari ‘22) is ridiculous.

  2. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  3. tmb815 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2014/blends/spirit-of-freedom-30-years/
    Spirit of Freedom 30 yo (46%, Springbank 2014, 2014 btl.)
    Nose: 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.

    Mouth: 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.

    Finish: long, some grains now, hints of oak as well, but also fruity sweetness.

    Score: 90/100

  4. Yarema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose - 23
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 86

  5. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F21 B22

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    23 21 22 22 88

    takes time, but then everything is delicious! I underestimated the taste for light graininess, but this is already nit-picking ...

  7. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo 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

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    There could be some springbank in there indeed! Very fruity lots of tropical fruits, honey, grass, really good

  10. 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

  11. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Rambojunior83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  13. 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).

  14. 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.

  15. Moses did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten
    Nose:
    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.
    Mouth:
    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.
    Finish:
    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

  16. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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

  17. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/bottle-polishing-all-sorts/

    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 a 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 gravely 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[+}

  18. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/tomoh-politics/

    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[+]

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  21. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very light and melted, light peat wet, too ripe fruit, malt, in a volume of aroma too discreet at first but not without finesse. The fruits are rising, the creamy too, and then it's getting drunk. Lack of attack in the mouth but a superb fondue worthy of whiskeys of venerable age such as this one, well dosed spices.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  22. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Certainly not a bland blend, yet the opposite: well behaved, decent, but still outspoken and simply delicious.
    • Nose
      Incredibly well-balanced and smooth. Fruit does most of the talking, although there is a slight earthy and smoky edge to it. Banana really strikes out, along with papaya, gooseberry, a little bit of date and white raisin. Vanilla gives a smooth texture. Furthermore, there is rich honey and cereal. The Campbeltown edge comes from just a little sea spray, smoked almond, faint tobacco notes and a little bit of dry peat (only a little).

       (mostly fresh fruit and some dried fruit), then vanilla and 
    • Taste
      This is incredibly smooth and oily! The Campbeltown notes get louder, giving dunnage warehouse, tobacco leaves, damp peat, yet all in a very well mannered way. Then I detect apricot, honey, cereal, eucalyptus and almonds.
    • Finish
      Quite long for a low-level ABV whisky. Licorice root, ginger, eucalyptus, faint smoke, faint vanilla and a dash of pepper. You notice it's old and of exceptional quality.

  23. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    I enjoyed this very much! 
    • Nose
      Very delicate on the nose; honey, fruits, nuts and some herbs. 
    • Taste
      The taste is very full, rich and complex. The sweetness is very nicely combined with cream. The palate is enriched with fruits, wood and sweet butterscotch. 
    • Finish
      The finish was forever lasting ;-). 

      Very sweet with the influences of some spices. 

  25. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Fruity - pine apple, almond paste, mango and some syrup.
    • Taste
      Dusty, leather notes, fruity - lychees, some wax and fruit syrup.
    • Finish
      Medium drying, wax, goosberries marmalade, citrus and honey.

  26. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very intense aroma, very sweet in taste, almost like gummy bears, but very interesting. The finish long, tasting the alcohol.

  27. Slick scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Ah, well... if this is good and i count the fact how much is worth... i better start buying fancy blends and NAS from now on.

    For the old style lovers - don't waste your time on this.

  28. Maltkanzlei 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.

  29. 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.

  30. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like this one for its smoothness and is better than mant single malts in the same price range.
    • Nose
      Strong honey , melon, lemon hints of aorange - a fruit bomb.
    • Taste
      A little thinner on the palate than expected but it is still pleasant.
      I get some nice spiciness mixed in with the lemon and honey and I also get some honeycomb and faint hints of light milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium length and quite sweet.

  32. Defeatless scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Lovely sweet fruit. Canned tropical fruit, mango and pineapple. Very sweet syrup (in Dutch called Ranje). Juice of grapefruit. Bourbon oak wood vanilla. Fudge. Small hint of malt but not much.

    Taste: Sweet and bitter. Lovely jam of bitteroranges. Candied lemon peel. Faint hint of fresh pulled wood. Wood sawdust.

    Body: full and robust. Creamy oily.

    Finish: medium long: some citrus pops up. After that some wood notes which fade away in some orange sap.

    Price: well priced for very good quality.

    Presentation: well done, nothing over the top.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. basbeckers scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I 'm one of the lucky guys that had the possibillity to taste this great whisky.
    What a perfect balanced nosing and tasting in a tulip.
    so soft with a strong island touch.

    no doubt for me! 90+
     

  34. ThS scored this whisky 46 points Expert Senior

    Very nice blend, very complex, very chiseled, very pure. A treat, a game, a real emotion and a real jubilation.
    • Nose
      Wow! Immediately salivating, with its tangy aromas of exotic fruits: kiwi, guava, sugar loaf pineapple... Beeswax then makes its appearance enveloping chocolate, praline and vanilla accents. All this is precise, airy, clean. Then hazelnut and cocoa powder play hide and seek with tropical fruits and delicately vanilla beeswax leads the dance. Some polished wood. Spicy and slightly minty swirls. We never tire. 93
    • Taste
      Oily palate, of good build. More spicy. The sherry seems to take precedence, with leather and walnut shells. Chalky notes, and a slight smoke. Exotic fruits play on the bitters without losing their tangy dynamism. It's good! How complex and delicate! Still a little wax, a hint of pear. 91
    • Finish
      Rather short but too bad, it was so good! Nice persistence on delicately smoky sherry accents. 88

  35. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Clynelish-esque, very good balance.
    • Nose
      Starts grainy with fresh pinewood, wax and cookie dough. It has a slight, enjoyable dusty quality. Then old cheese with cumin. Also nougat and coconut. And that's when the fruit starts coming. Banana, lemon, apricot. Nice :) Lovely balance.
    • Taste
      Lots of citrus and plenty of wood. Oranges, grapefruit. Creamy with some pear and honey.
    • Finish
      Pretty long. Malty and fruity.

  36. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyNotes.be (30 dec-14) :

    Nose: 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.

    Mouth: 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.

    Finish: long, some grains now, hints of oak as well, but also fruity sweetness.

    Score : 89/100.

  37. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The best blend I've ever tasted!
    • Nose
      Honey, apricot, beeswax, caramel, vanilla and hazelnut. Very soft.
    • Taste
      Honey, apricot, beeswax, orange, caramel, hazelnut, almond, clove and very light peat.
    • Finish
      Orange, peach, vanilla, honey and gentle peat smoke. Doesn't stick around very long unfortunately.

  38. Doppelpass scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice surprise, good value for money

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  40. Akoo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A blend that has nothing to envy Single Malt. Despite its age, the wood is almost absent. The aromatic palette is rich and the whole is very well composed. A success !
    • Nose
      An explosion of exotic fruits: pineapple, coconut, Kiwi, but also pear, cherry plum, white peach. The whole looks sweet and creamy. There is a little wood, but it is not at all disturbing. Vanilla, honey, a little note of strawberry also. A drier side is also present, with nuts, hazelnut and cereals. Here we have a rich and powerful nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful, gourmet and creamy. Exotic fruits with shovels, a little pepper, strawberries, cherries, cereals and even notes of coffee and nuts. All these aromas cohabit perfectly, the balance is optimal.
    • Finish
      A little weak point of this whiskey. A beautiful persistence of exotic fruits, a little bitterness not at all disturbing, but the intensity is not at the rendezvous.

  41. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice but some defects prevent this whiskey to be well noted
    • Nose
      very charming on pineapple, banana, a little vegetal
    • Taste
      Alcooleuse
      In withdrawal
    • Finish
      short

  42. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: very sweet, yellow, ripe fruit, oak, surprisingly fresh, mineral, hints of smoke.
    Mouth: strong onset, tingling, pepper, some peat, oak, fruits, while quite sweet.
    Finish: relatively short (for 30 years) on fruits and some oak.

    Conclusion: delicious whiskey, strong & fresh, but very tasty. It's a really stylish way to celebrate. From a 30-year-old, I would have expected a little bit more "age notes" neutral.

  43. DunBheagan did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The official tasting notes are misleading. This whisky is not on the sweet and creamy side at all. It is surprisingly fruity, almost sour. I had flavours of quince, mango and pineapple. Minerally nose, i guess there is Springbank malt in this blend. All flavours are nice, but reserved. The body is stiff and even a little shy with quite a short finish.

    Overall: Nice drinking stuff and worth the experience, but i wouldn´t buy a second bottle.

  44. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Hugely creamy with plenty of fragrant vanilla. Runny honey and maybe a little lavender. Nutty further on.Palate: Oak blends well with double cream, oakcakes and hints of ripe pear. Golden malt shines through.Finish: The finish doesn't disappoint - long and rich.Overall: An excellent blend, properly ace.

  45. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Enjoyable dram at a reasonable price, if you can get one of the 2014 bottles this bottling is limited to. I would rate this one at 86 points, but it gets +2 for the nice price.
    • Nose
      Very fruity with some kiwi and marzipan
    • Taste
      Less fruity, more spicy, but still rather sweet
    • Finish
      Medium length and some oak of course, but not too much for a 30yo whisky

  46. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Springbank is celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce led an army of Scots to victory over a much larger British force near Stirling in 1314 during the First War of Scottish Independence. The distillery has revived the old “Spirit of Freedom” trademark used by J&A Mitchell & Co. many years ago for a special blend of 30-year-old whiskies from distilleries throughout Scotland. The blend was created by now-retired Springbank production director Frank McHardy as his final project before retiring last year.The Spirit of Freedom has been bottled at 46% ABV and consists of 75% malt whiskies from across Scotland and 25% grain whisky. Only 2,014 bottles are available..

    Source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2014/07/springbank-society-newsflash-spirit-of-freedom-scotch-whisky-news/

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