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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.
Nose: Quite soft and gentle. Malted barley and hints of cut herbs and a fresh floral note. Cereal and grist with a little honey.
Palate: Quite smooth, medium body. Barley and cereals with nut oils, hints of wood and spice.
Finish: Short with notes of fruitcake and smoke.
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Surprisingly pleasant. The blend is a nice balance. Unlike some blends there seems to be little burn from the grain spirit. Lots of flavour and very enjoyable. I really like it. Good flavour.
19th February 2017
In my experience no whisky has matched bells for the price by litre... It's a flavour enjoyed by the hundreds of thousands not the few.
29th November 2016
Without doubt one of the poorest drams I've encountered. Truly awful.
19th November 2016
Nasty aroma of spirit, burnt rope finish. Steer clear of this whisky, there are far better out there.
Bells tastes OK very well disguised with coke or ginger, but on it's own it is worse than disappointing. I would far rather drink 1/3 of the amount of any single malt than suffer another dram of Bells. It's no surprise that on a recent tour of Scotland none of the pubs we visited stocked Bells. One bar owner told me that all of the Bells Original is sent down south or exported.I once stayed with a man in Lochterarder who liked his single malt. He told me a tale of his brother visiting, and being offered a glass of 25 year old Glenturret. He asked for a splash of lemonade and was told, "If you want lemonade, you can have the Bells" . A man after my own heart.
13th November 2016
I love a whisky, I really enjoy single malts particularly Islay, but I'm also fond of a blend, I find Teachers in particular a bargain. Thought I'd try a bottle of Bells as it was on offer, WOW is this awful. I won't finish the bottle and I'll never buy again. If you tried this as your first whisky you'd never try another.
but boy does it ever take a bad turn. Foul aftertaste left in my mouth.
15th October 2016
I enjoy single malts but was caught short bought this and surprisingly enjoyable worth a look if on budget
22nd September 2016
There's nothing palatable at all about it, can put you off whisky for a while after a single sip.
1st September 2016
The cost of the malt components in blended whiskey offerings has led to a downslide in quality of Bell's, and others. The 1970s and 80s blends had more and better malt percentages. Just the economics of it.
24th August 2016
I really dislike Bells whisky. At first it's acceptable but the aftertaste makes me regret it every time. It hangs at the back of my throat like I've inhaled plastic fumes. I would never drink Bells on its own. Acceptable in an Irish coffee if you're not fussy.
12th August 2016
20th June 2016
A real wiske
10th June 2016
My husband has been drinking bells for many years and sings its praises all the time and for the first time ever he called me in ( I know nothing about whisky) and demanded that I be in touch with Bells and complain profusely. He says it tastes like thinners and will go back to Jameson's albeit more pricey. This may be the death knell for Bells.
30th May 2016
I love scotch, love single malts but , realistically, who can afford to drink them exclusively? This is a damn fine dram with a bit of smoke, toffee and real complexity. If you outright reject this stuff, your prejudices are telling. Let it mellow in the glass a bit, also good with an ice cube. I agree with a previous review - better than JW red and probably black too, Ballantines, even Teachers. Enjoy!
24th April 2016
Reminds me a little of Teachers but I prefer this. There's a subtle and smooth peaty, smoky taste which definitely grows on you. The bottle looks cheap and nasty and I think that's half the problem, because people who think they know whisky (but don't) immediately label it as cheap tat. This definitely tastes more refined than most budget blends. Rates a 10 for taste in this price bracket.
26th March 2016
Totally agree with 4/2/2016.review.I,m a serious whisky drinker and this latest batch of Bells is awful! Purchased from Morrisons on 13/2/2016
21st February 2016
I've just bought a bottle of Bells original to try,it tastes awful. Previously I had bought a bottle of Grouse, which was perfect. They were both the same price in Tesco, I am going to try and get my ,money back for the Bells, it is so awful.
4th February 2016
Considering the price and really smoth taste , you can put it, at least, at the same shelf with Ballentine's and JW Red .
23rd January 2016
opinion is divided
17th January 2016
I really have no idea why people still drink this!It used to be alright.. But lately (last couple of years...) beyond foul!Can anyone enlighten me as to why Bells now tastes so bad?Actually, don't waste your time... Nothing could persuade me to drink it ever again!Any I've had bought, is always met with Extreme Gratitude. (Then the offending swallow has been re-gifted)No thank you, not even for free!!!
Not that bad!
6th January 2016
There is nothing remotely pleasant about this.
31st December 2015
Horrible stuff. Probably OK for fueling engines when petrol can't be had but definitely good for nothing else.
25th December 2015
I bought my first bottle in Prestwick on my way back from Romania and was hooked. I looked for it in the States, but I guess they know what's good, I find it to be a very smooth blend.
17th December 2015
Nose: Some oak, floral overtones, nutty undertones and overwhelming alcohol.Palate: Excessive sugar, hints of vanilla and the tears of the damned.Finish: Burns all the way down, tastes like hot sugar and grain alcohol.Not worth the money, it is the Jack Daniels of the Scotch world. Avoid at all costs.
13th December 2015
I just tasted my first Bell's and I was amazed over the quality for it's cheap price. Seasalt, a little smoke and herbs. Better than Grant's, Teachers and Lauders.
7th December 2015
This whisky now tastes of petrol and an overpowering cheap peaty additive. It is nothing like it was years ago and is best avoided.
11th August 2015
If you have been doing a bit of glossing it really handy the stick your brushes in. If you want a nice whisky without braking the bank try jonny Walker black label.
7th July 2015
Not very good. Nose is barely there at all and all I get is a sweet grain note when I do manage to smell anything. It's got a lot of bite and a bit of spice but little else going on other than alcohol/solvent on the palate, finish is metallic, solventy, spicy and perhaps a tiny touch of peat? It's flawed and not good even in it's price range: seriously try Grant's, Scottish Leader or Nevis Dew(my personal tip if you want a budget blend - seriously it's £2 more and a lot, lot better). GlenTalloch or VAT 69 are also good options for a blend that isn't going to break the bank.
25th May 2015
Sweet enough to hide any harshness that you would expect from spirit at this level. Just filled an empty £60 single malt bottle with Bell's and doubt very much anyone will know the difference. Yes, that's how I roll.
20th April 2015
My dad drinks bells whiskey most nights and has never had a problem with It for over 50 years ... In the last 6 month he now sneezes with in 20 minutes ofDrinking it ... I got him to try others and they don't make him sneeze ...but he would rather a bells whiskey Than any others Anyone know why he is now taking sneezing fits only with bells
6th April 2015
I'm a malt mega connoisseur and my Son left a litre of this I my house, may haveBeen deliberate !! So I gave it a go and boy was I confused I've tasted worse Better brands not to be compared with a good malt .It's ok for what it is. You probably would purchase something else But I will look for it I wiil find it and I will drink it only because it's there
29th March 2015
A very decent blend - often at a fantastic price. A tad sweet - and not my favorite blend - but underrated, considering the quantities produced, and price. I seriously question the opinion of some of the reviewers below - why pay twice the cost for some blander, characterless ('smooth' is often the quality sought - awful) product? This is decent stuff. ******** is better - but then ******** is the best blend.... In the world.
20th March 2015
I bought some because it was cheap. That was a bad idea. It's worth paying 2-3 times the amount for a cheapish single malt that's 10 times as good.
17th February 2015
^ haha I had the same experience as a kid. The most awful experience until I was given a bottle of 'phroaig blind at a party at uni. 15 years later I discovered Bruichlaffich. Thank goodness! Anyway yeah Bells is utter shyte.
22nd January 2015
Tasting this put me off whisky for most of my life until I realised,during visits to various distilleries while on holidays, that their whisky didn't taste anything like as bad.
14th January 2015
It's an acceptable blend with softly notes and a smokey finish
17th December 2014
i believe the bag lady review best describes this whiskey. but i still think that's being to nice about how it tastes. if you look above what the description says about fruitcake and smoke' well more like boiled urine with hints of white spirit. want a good whiskey. try chivas regal
11th December 2014
Some of the comments are absolutely wonderful. I drink a lot of pretty expensive singlemalt and I was actually surprised by this cheap bastard. Not good but definety drinkable with a couple of rocks. Cheers !
28th November 2014
Reminiscent of what I would imagine Red Diesel would taste like after its been slow filtered through the crotch of a 70 year old bag lady's tights.
13th November 2014
Беллс - один з кращих віскі економ класу. Якщо хочеш напитись - додай льоду і вперед. Набагато краще чим різні ноунейм чи супермакетовські варіанти.
8th November 2014
It has a very intense nut and smoke taste, although very short. I found it very different from any other blended. Anyway, a good affordable choice.
28th September 2014
note- Nice to move onto after a higher quality whisky. After 3 or 4 nips, it improves greatly- Which isn't unusual.
28th August 2014
Refined for a budget whisky- you can taste the 8 year minimum in the smoothness- Whisper of Islay smoke- Thoughtful blend, subtly complex for the money- The tickly nose made me sneeze and it just was part of the fun.
Don't waste your money, invest in a decent cooking whiskey such as Grants
3rd July 2014
This blended whisky is not very good, The product name describes the repeat purchsers.
24th May 2014
On its own its dire. I Purchased 2no. 1 ltr bottles from mozzers for £14.50, worst popular blended i have ever tasted. Found that if you keep it in reserve and have a couple of decent shots of a good single malt first, the 3rd double from Bells seems fine. "Warning, may ruin a hot toddy"
23rd May 2014
Whisky for the alcoholics, it is rough and ready and gets you drunk and angry quickly, its only 15% malt and nearly all of that is Bells own Blair Atholl distillery. It used to be good years ago, they even put an age statement of 8 years on the bottle, and it had rich Islay and fruity Speyside malts, its gone downhill like most blends. Famous Grouse and Teachers are much better.
28th April 2014
Seen this on offer in asda for only £15 for a litre bottle and was on a budget so reluctantly took the plunge. Wish Id paid abit extra now and got something decent. Its not too bad tho. Lots of Caramel, tastes of cheap sugar . Has got a bit of peat in there going for it which is a plus. I will drink it but probley never buy again
8th April 2014
Its real whisky for real men. How can so many be so negative about a grate Scotch that puts hair on a man's chest ?....... "Get some ball's yu faggots"
24th March 2014
21st February 2014
Not bad, but not good either. Rather harsh. For the same style and price range, I personally prefer Whyte & Mackay.
8th February 2014
Better than no scotch. Fair nose, but otherwise second rate stuff.
5th January 2014
Great tasteing Whisky. You cannot get better for the price, full-stop.
30th December 2013
The only enjoyment you will get from this whisky is the absolute pleasure you will feel when your pouring it down the sink.
28th December 2013
I really like it. Good blend. Good distillery. Good choice. Good price. Don't compare it with premium whisky.
4th November 2013
Instant heartburn and horrible face pull follow.... only acceptable in a hot whiskey when loaded up with a cold.Jason Breen.
1st November 2013
@ big john because most people have no taste.
14th October 2013
One for the alcoholics, file alongside Tennents and Buckfast. Unforgivingly harsh and sweet.
At first I thought someone was trying to poison me. Then I was told it was whiskey. Couldn't believe. Avoid this at all costs.
24th August 2013
I am drinking this fast just to get rid of it. Can't wait until it is gone. I have been trying out many cheap blended scotches. This has got to be the worst I have encountered. Try Teachers if you are looking for a decent blended scotch at a good price.
21st August 2013
26th June 2013
if I accidentally got my leg caught in a combine harvester and Bells was the only thing I had nearby to anaesthetise the pain prior to hacking it free with a rusty saw then id have to flip a coin as to what would cause me more discomfort. you only live once, so don't be a tightwad and spend a few quid more on a bottle of decent malt from the 1000's available, else go teetotal
29th May 2013
Forgot to rate it! Top scale!
3rd April 2013
Lucked into a Bell from the '60's in an antique shop. Surprised to find it full of whisky. Cracked the seal, dug out the cork, damn fine whisky. Damn stuff is older than I am at 47!
Taste of rubber. Its cheap when you need a drop.
25th January 2013
If its so bad,why is it the top seller in Scotland?
17th January 2013
Watered toilet cleaner, I'm sure.
2nd January 2013
I always have half a bottle in the morning as an eye-opener. Cannot start the day without it.
14th December 2012
If you love Whisky buy a decent malt and enjoy. Bells is cheap (but not nasty) and I use it as a base for cocktails, nothing more. Drink Bells neat and at least you know your plaque levels will have dropped, but listerine is cheaper!
25th November 2012
Goes down a treat after a few cans of Special Brew.
13th August 2012
Bells is bloody awful! If this is the only Scotch you have had and you hate it then I beg you to try a decent single malt. If I drank brake fluid I'd imagine it would taste better than this monstrosity. As a cheaper alternative I would recommend either drinking diesel or jet A1.
8th August 2012
I avoid Bells at all cost now, utter tripe.
6th August 2012
great for the money but average overall. i will drink it if its given to me but would not buy myself. very average i think.
30th March 2012
How can whisky be sooooo bad. avoid it.
Lovely on a cold night in front of an open fire.
Always drink this stuff. You cannot go wrong with it.
A little nip with a nice cheese and its spot on for taste.
good whiskey for the price overall.
had better had worse
The best Whisky ever. I love this stuff and drink loads of it.
Bell's isn't quite as bad as some are making it out, but it's pretty god damned bad.http://whiskeyreviewer.com/2011/07/bells-extra-special-old-scotch-whiskey-review/
26th February 2012
Do goats eat fried eggs and do they like tap dancing?
28th January 2012
There is something off about the aftertaste of this whisky, I've seen some people compare it to coriander and various other herbs but I can't quite pinpoint it myself. A few of my friends have absolutely no trouble drinking this and enjoying it but both me and another friend of mine cannot physically stand the aftertaste, it actually makes me shudder when I try to drink it. This is a shame because newcomers to scotch might end up buying this and being put off scotch for life.
23rd January 2012
as for me, it's mediocre swill
14th October 2011
very nice with a bit of fresh pinapple. but a 70cl bottle don,t last a day so please keep whacking it out by the litre or next size up (barrel).
31st August 2011
A mediocre taste at best. Poor nose and flavour. Best consumed quickly- Left to breathe it turns amazingly flat and dull pretty fast with a taste medicinal Chinese herb roots. What Fruitcake,honey and fresh floral notes? I'd rather drink JW Red than this.
22nd May 2011
Sounds like most of the reviewer's had a bit too much--- of something!!
14th May 2011
Forget your lagavulins and your taliskers. You can keep them. The others arent even in the same street compared to thee. The bell calls me to dinner. A fruity refreshing taste
7th March 2011
Was introduced to Bell's about 20 years ago. Very nice flavor.
25th February 2011
ignore every other review it is an excellent drink
31st January 2011
You're better off painting your fence with this stuff rather than drinking it.
14th January 2011
Very peaty and harsh I should say - why no warning Morrisons?
27th November 2010
Tastes like a vagrant's nut-sack dipped in cleaning fluid (or at least what I imagine that might taste like). Unless you're a hardened alcoholic (and if you're looking at whisky reviews you may well be... albeit a rich one) then this isn't going to go down smooth.
3rd February 2010