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Arthur Bell had previously worked for a Scottish drinks merchant, when he joined the company in 1837 and became a partner in 1851. Arthur could see the great opportunities in blended whisky and travelled around Scotland and the Isles to find malt whiskies for his own blends. He worked against the grain and, rather than using young, poorly matured whiskies for blending, he made a point of sourcing only well-aged spirit. From this he secured a sterling reputation as a man of substance.

The Bells name did not feature on the labels for some time, though. Arthur Bell believed that he did not need a brand to sell his whisky and that a consistent quality was enough. This changed, however, after his sons joined the business and in 1904 a whisky was released under the name Arthur Bell & Sons Extra Special Old Scotch Whisky.

In 1925, the company registered the company motto ‘Afore ye go’. The slogan came about during the First World War, when cases of Bells were sent to the docks for soldiers to enjoy 'afore' they went. Bells is today the UK’s bestselling blended Scotch whisky and the blend is still made from thirty-five different whiskies matured for between five and twelve years.

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Distillery Address

Ellersly Road, Edinburgh

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Bell's Original 4.5L
(45cl, 40%)
An absolutely massive bottle of Bell's Original, a classic blend. It holds 4.5 litres of whisky and was made to be used in bars and pubs - hence the upside-down label.  More info
£123.74
A bottling of Bell's blended whisky from the 1970s, where it would have been enjoyed "afore ye go" watch Queen or Electric Light Orchestra perform live.  More info
£120.00
Bell's Original 1l
(100cl, 40%)
A full litre of Arthur Bell's finest. Now no longer billed as an 8 year old, the 'Original' is still very much a great value proposition, and is as good now as it ever was.  More info
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£24.41
Bell's Original 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
A Magnum of Bell's Original, the UK's most popular blended whisky, with a focus on the malt of Blair Athol in Pitlochry.  More info
£34.07
Bell's Original
(70cl, 40%)
The United Kingdom's most popular blended Scotch whisky, this is the standard release of Bell's Original, with notes of fresh herbs on the nose with cereal sweetness on the palate.  More info
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£16.63
Christmas '93, oh it takes us back. This is a very handsome commemorative decanter, crafted from finest porcelain by Bells. It was released for Christmas 1993, when Mr Blobby topped the charts with...  More info
Released by Bells to celebrate Christmas 1994, these decanters are increasingly popular amongst collectors. During Christmas 1994, East 17 were at the number one single spot, with the hit song "Stay...  More info
Did you know, during Christmas 1997, the Teletubbies topped the charts with their single, "Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!"". It was a complicated song, way ahead of its time, with lyrics discussing the...  More info
The delightful 1990 Christmas decanter from Bells. We can say without doubt that of all the decanters we've seen, this is certainly one of them.  More info
A handsome Bells decanter, filled with Bells whisky.  More info
A special Bells decanter released to commemorate the 50th Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales (in 1998). Rare and hard to find.  More info
A 12 year old version of Bells, bottled in a porcelain decanter.  More info
A 1988 Christmas decanter from Bells, made of finest porcelain.  More info
A Bells decanter, created to celebrate Christmas 1989. A day when there was a major interest rate increase announced in Japan.  More info
A porcelain Christmas decanter from Bells, bottled to celebrate Christmas 1991.  More info
A Christmas Porcelain decanter from Bells, bottled for Christmas 1995.  More info
A very tasteful decanter from Bells, bottled to celebrate Christmas of 1992. Jingle Bells.  More info
A turquoise porcelain decanter from Bells, containing 20 year old blended whisky.  More info
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A porcelain decanter from Bells which was bottled to celebrate the marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986.  More info
A 21 year old Bells, packaged in a handsome presentation case. This is a very rare bottle, 75cl.  More info
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A well aged blend from Bells, bottled in a 75cl bottle. Packaged in a leather effect presentation case.  More info
This Specially Selected Decanter is a rare whisky from Bells.  More info
Bell's Golf Gift Set
(10cl, 40%)
The perfect for any golfer! This set from Bells features a handsome hip flask, branded tees and a golf ball as well as a small bottle of Bells blended whisky.  More info
Sold in the 1960s, this bottle of Bell's Royal Vat 12 Year Old is a collectible blended Scotch whisky that you certainly don't see every day, or even every year for that matter.  More info
£168.00
Bell's 8 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
The UK's favourite blend is based around Blair Athol, which is based in Pitlochry in Perthshire.  More info
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