Enormously popular blend that has come on in leaps and bounds over the last ten years. Bell's signature malt is from Blair Athol, with contributions from the likes of Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Dufftown and Inchgower.
Have come to love this blend over recent times. used to be somewhat harsh. The session whisky my dad drank in the sixties. But today's blend reminds me of Bell's Islander, a brand I can't understand why it was withdrawn. Now the blend is mellow, with a highland base, and an overtone of subtle island malt. I love the Islay base of Black Bottle, but I have come to love Bell's mellow taste too. Highly recommended. get into it, lest it too disappear.
- anonymous, 12th April
Nothing wrong with Bells ... my favorite blend.. wish it was available in USA again
- Norm, 19th May '13
Along with Grant's, Teacher's and Famous Grouse, Bells is one of the best standard blends. You will not find better for the money it's just a matter of taste which is your favourite.
- The Colonel, 4th May '13
Good, reliable blend for everyday sipping. More sherrish than Famous Grouse, IMHO freshier (more peat/smoke), fruitier and with fuller body than a majority of its competitors in this price-range.
- rico, 11th Apr '13
Im a major fan of the islay single malts but some of the critical reviews on here are way off. Ignore the snobs. Bells is a great tasting blend probably my favioret blended whiskey.
- Jim, 8th Mar '13
- anonymous, 17th Oct '11
on the nose there’s a light nutty aroma with fresh fruit coming through as well. On the palate, a rather smooth oak taste lingers with a slight nut and spice coming through. A warm tingle after-taste follows which leaves a long flavour (which will be making you want to finish your dram rather quickly!) and at 40 % it’s not too strong and overpowering as some blended whiskies can be.
- Drinks Enthusiast, 23rd Sep '11
i dont confess to be a conesir of whiskey nor a good speller but have tried a few decent malts and i have to say i was surprised at the smoothness enicially followed by a pleasant peatyness from such a cheap cheerful bottle, i wouldn't reccommand but it is good to know the lower end has come on leaps and bounds over the years and long may it continue
- conesir, 2nd Sep '11
Trying some now, really not that bad, used to hate the stuff a few years ago, would take it over something like JWR, but still not a patch on Teachers, White Horse or Black Bottle which are the same price, But its fine with a splash of water.. if you want a nondescript non offensive tipple on a warm summers eve.
- anonymous, 7th May '11
tis cheap, taste nice. if your looking for a decent table whiskey, you will not go wrong with this one!
- G., 6th Apr '11
"Nose" (undiluted): Sweet, grassy, cookie dough and some peat."Palate" (undiluted): Super sweet, wheat, biscuit, sugared shortbread cookies, and a little peat. Thereafter, turns malty. "Finish" (undiluted): very short.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 12th Feb '11
I was inroduced to Bells while on a trip to G.B.back in 1989. Sincethen I have had my friends bring back a bottle or 2 on every trip that they make over-- I found it to be a very good Scotch !! Even my husband (a Jack Daniels person) enjoys Bells!!
- Lynn Fournier, Hopkinton,MA, 2nd Jan '11
Great nose, slightly odd (though not disagreeable) flavor but with a burning finish.
- anonymous, 7th Oct '10
I blind tasted a few whisky's in the pub a few weeks ago, I easily picked out Bells from the other whisky's which were mostly single malts. It wasn't horrible, but the single malt whisky's were much better quality.
- anonymous, 13th Jul '10
It's the best whisky ever! It beats JW Blue Label and any single malt big time!
- anonymous, 14th Aug '09
This just left me wondering how they got the cat to squat on the bottle.
- king kong, 12th May '09
I agree with the last post, what are posts 3
- Bolg of the North, 7th Apr '09
This new bells is clever! light fruity taste with vigor better than any other blend on the market. Well done to the master blender for giving us a modern bells, hope everyone out their tries it. This original blend is deffinately for the sophisticated blended whisky drinker so dinnae compare it to single malts i will challenge the last two comments on a blind tasting session and i bet they would say its a single malt
- whiskey kid, 7th Dec '08
3rd review is bang on. This is the common, staple whisky you get in shops, pubs, everywhere.No specific taste - its like somebody poured whisky cordial in some water.
- matt13, 2nd Oct '08
Bells is great, if you were planning on committing suicide and had nothing else to drink. Even then you would wish your last drink had been a good one!There is no satisfaction when you drink it (other that the extra cash you have in your back pocket).