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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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For fans of Bell's blended Scotch whisky, this will be an amazing find - a 1980s presentation of their 20 year old blend, released in one of their famous bell-shaped-decanters.  More info
This Bell's whisky decanter is released in 1986 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. A neat collectible, which comes alongside its original box, though sadly this has suffered some...  More info
Yet another Bell's whisky decanter from the 1980s! This one comes from 1986 and was released to celebrate the marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. As well as the handsome decanter, this...  More info
Another collectible Bell's whisky decanter! This one was released in 1988 to celebrate the birth of Princess Beatrice!  More info
This is a rare Bell's decanter which was released in 1990 to celebrate the birth of Princess Eugenie - these are rather collectible indeed.  More info
Ah, the ever-collectible Bell's decanter. This one celebrates the birth of Prince Harry.  More info
A 75cl Bell's blended Scotch whisky ceramic decanter dating from the 1980s.  More info
Yet another collectible bell-shaped decanter from Bell's - this one made in 1982 in commemoration of the birth of Price William.  More info
A rare old bottling of Bell's blended Scotch whisky dating from the 1960s. (Please note that the back label is severely torn.)  More info
A Bell's bell shaped decanter, produced in the 1970s. Well kept over the years, this one even includes the presentation box! Perfect for the whisky-drinking campanologist in your life.  More info
Blimey! What a big bottle of Bell's blend from the 1970s! 450cl of ancient Bell's whisky for you spirits collectors out there.  More info
The compliments that Bell's whisky decanters always ring true. This collectible bell-shaped ceramic decanter was produced in the 1970s.  More info
When you're designing a decanter for Bell's Blended Scotch Whisky, you don't design some sort of lion or a guitar. You make a bell just like this one. The clue is in the name. This particular decanter...  More info
A 1970s decanter of Bell's Blended Scotch Whisky, in the shape of a bell, obviously. This decanter comes with the original box, although unfortunately the top of the box has been torn off at some...  More info
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Blimey! This is a massive bottle of Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky from the 1970s. 4.5 litres of the brilliant blend, measured in pints on the bottle (8 pints!). These big buddies were made to be used...  More info
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This is an ancient and highly collectible 2.27 litre bottle of Bells Extra Special. Very interesting to see a bottle of whisky with the volume quote in pints!  More info
This is a bells Porcelain decanter to celebrate the birth of Princess Beatrice.

*Please not that this is an auction piece and is about half full.*  More info
A collectable decanter from Bells, this regal bottling celebrates Princess Beatrice.  More info
A special commemorative decanter from Bells to mark Christmas 2002. These have become rather collectable.  More info
Every year Bell's releases highly collectable decanters. This one marks Christmas 2000.  More info
A porcelain decanter from Bells, bottled to celebrate the birth of Princess Beatrice in 1988.  More info
A special Millenium decanter of 8 year old blended whisky from Bell's, complete with a whisky timeline tracking the water of life's history back to 1494.  More info
A bottle of Bell's 12 Year Old De Luxe from the 1970s, the stuff dreams are made of. This blended beauty comes complete with the original display box, which is covered in... Well, bells. Obviously.  More info
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
Arthur Bell would be proud to see this gorgeous bottle of Bell's 12 Year Old De Luxe Scotch Whisky as it has been kept in very good condition since it was made in the 1980s. Even the presentation box...  More info
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