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.
Country
Scotland
Colouring
Yes

Bell's Original Reviews

35 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    28 September

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Good whisky at affordable price.

  • 2
    17 May

    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

    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

    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.

  • Anonymous 12 April 2014

    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.

  • Norm 19 May 2013

    Nothing wrong with Bells ... my favorite blend.. wish it was available in USA again

  • The Colonel 4 May 2013

    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.

  • rico 11 April 2013

    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.

  • Jim 8 March 2013

    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.

  • Anonymous 17 October 2011

    very nice

  • Drinks Enthusiast 23 September 2011

    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.

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