Bell's Original

70cl / 40%
  • Blended Scotch Whisky
Bell's Original
Web Exclusive Price £17.25 £14.38 ex VAT (£24.64 per litre)
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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.

Bell's Original Reviews

42 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    18 March

    I was a bit of a snob about whiskey, preferring the West coast peaty single malts. However, for one third/one half of the cost I have the peaty flavour. I do not need to spend a fortune on a Talisker etc.

  • 3
    12 January

    Good whisky

  • 5
    26 December 2017

    I was looking for Bells Scotch in the United States. I also tried Duty Free at many airports since I’m a Flight Attendant. No such luck. I finally did some research online and found this company that would ship to the United States. I found this scotch to be very good and a great price for an evening sip. It was shipped in a timely manner and was able to give it to a friend for Christmas. I’m pleased with The Whisky Exchange and it service as promised. I will be ordering again in the near future.

  • 4
    23 December 2017

    For its price you can’t go wrong. Traditionally a mixer. It’s not as sweet as the other blends, a bit more earthy. I love it with ice and soda water which brings out a surprising smoky element. It is a bit spirity but it isn’t a single malt so unfair to compare. Not bad at all, if neat add a touch of water which I find helps

  • 1
    20 December 2017

    Have had this couple of times at Christmas and its just too raw for my taste much better alternatives for the money.

  • 1
    22 November 2017

    I tried this when I was 16 and I remember thinking, "so this is whisky, it's disgusting" since then it's got steadily worse and people even prefer asda own brand whisky to it nowadays. I hear nobody in Scotland drinks it and it only sells at all due to tv advertising and mass marketing. Grouse is pretty bad but even that is preferable to this rubbish. If your going for the cheap end of the market, go for ballantines or whyte and mackay 13 year old. This stuff is good for dressing wounds and de greasing engines! Luckily, people are starting to avoid it. One for alcoholics only who think white cider is drinkable.

  • 2
    17 November 2017

    I have partaken many whiskeys. I prefer rye bourbon. But do love my slightly peat scotch almost as much. Bell's , IMHO is a blend made to satisfy those who do not wish to part with money for a satisfying and easy to drink slightly peaty scotch. It is raw. Rough. Tries to be more than its price can afford. It will never be a smooth drink. It cannot as the mix seems to try to hide some awful flavoured cheap base that is part of the blend. It is a rough masking like a cheap wine tries to hide it's additives. The good is its price and the fact it tries to give that smoky note to an audience that will not pay more for the truly masterful blends. The blend does what it sets out to do. Introduce you to the peaty perfection that some scotch's have in abundance.

  • 5
    28 September 2017

    Lovely mixed but I like this on its own as well. Whereas Grouse is very sherrish, this has a hint of smoke, spice, fruit and sweetness. I had written this whisky off but I will be buying it again. Good to have a trusty blend to have with my malts

  • 4
    27 September 2017

    Won in a raffle and kept in the cupboard for the last 6mths....but what a waste! Thought I'd crack it open whilst building up an Islay collection, not at all disappointed. Really impressed with this Bells Original, throw away your 'blend snobbery' and don't be afraid to crack open those bottles won in raffles and tombolas over the Summer! It's a steady dram.

  • 4
    3 September 2017

    Very solid blend - just trying it for the first time as I write. Comparable to Teacher's Highland Cream, though I like this much better. Unlike Teacher's, Bell's doesn't have that rough burn, and it seems a little bit better blended. Rich brown sugar notes mix with tangy peat smoke and honey. Beautifully lingering aftertaste with slight notes of liquorice and hints of peat fire. Very good indeed. If you're a fan of Teacher's, give this solid whisky a try!

  • 5
    23 June 2017

    New to the whisky world. Started with Whyte & Mackay, then Grants, then Grouse. Unknowingly saved the best till last! Love the hint of peat and slight fire of ginger. Prefer to some of the low-level malts.

  • 4
    4 June 2017

    Good whisky at affordable price.

  • 2
    17 May 2017

    It's cheap scotch, not much body, not much as far as depth, but sometimes it's ok for a cheap hit.

  • 5
    14 April 2017

    My new favourite blend. Normally I like a peaty malt but there is a time and place for them. my everyday dram to sip or mix is Bell's.

  • 4
    29 March 2017

    Very much improved, find it to be very smooth and can be sipped neat or mixed. Give it a try, often gets knocked but not anywhere near as bad as some would have you believe. Very trusty blend

  • 2
    28 November 2016

    I have drank it often over the last 30 years and it has become seeter, with a higher percentage of grain alcohol than in the past. I no longer find it a pleasant scotch, even when mixed.

  • 1
    11 November 2016

    This, as well as grants, grouse and anything cheaper is the real low end of the market, and it's taste would put off any newcomers from tasting whisky again! Some good flavours but you are overwhelmed by the grain whisky hooch they top it up with after they have mixed the malt whiskies in, most of which I've never even heard of! Avoid at all costs. If you want a cheap whisky, go for ballantines finest.

  • 5
    10 November 2016

    top class value for money and competes with Teachers, in my opinion, as the best blended, non aged scotch on the mass market.

  • 5
    26 March 2016

    Always choose Grouse, but bought a bottle of Bells as it was on offer. WOW! This is really nice whisky! I am a massive fan of Laphroaig and other Islay malts and this new Bells blend is a winner in my opinion. Lovely subtle smokey notes and a really smooth finish. Whoever has blended this is a talented person.

  • 4
    8 March 2016

    This blend is getting better and better. The balance and complexity is from "The Whisky Blender's Handbook", if there would be such a book . A boldly smoky blend and that's a statement. To be honest I am quite fed up with those "quality" single malts, that just can't deliver and keep up with the enormous demand. This is how NAS blend should be. This is a showcase what a master blender is capable of with limited resources. Then again it's a compromise like all blends are. Allways thinking ... how much more this blend could be.

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