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Bell's Original

(70cl, 40%)

Bell's Original
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Bell's Original Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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User Reviews of the Bell's Original


Could do a lot worse when buying a standard blend, very good value for money. I will keep a bottle of this with my malts to ensure I always have a good blend.

14th April 2017

Try for yourself

What a pleasant surprise! I read some negative reviews but this was a lovely blend. Sipped neat and was expecting something awful but i really enjoyed it. Smooth and I felt nutty with hint of smoke. My new favourite blend

29th March 2017

Horrid whisky

Bell's is truly dreadful whisky. Only consummable if mixed with ginger ale.

12th March 2017

Very nice blend, full of flavour.

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

It's not for connoisseur's, but it's just fine.

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

Bell's review

Nasty aroma of spirit, burnt rope finish. Steer clear of this whisky, there are far better out there.

19th November 2016

Some seem to like it

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

This could put you off whisky.

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.

13th November 2016

On The Sip, Starts Out Okay...

but boy does it ever take a bad turn. Foul aftertaste left in my mouth.

15th October 2016

Not bad for budget price

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

Seen better days

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

Bells Whisky review

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


Absolutely fantastic!

20th June 2016

Bells ha

A real wiske

10th June 2016

Bad batch

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

One of the best blends

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

A decent blend for the price

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

Bells Whisky Taste

Totally agree with 4/2/,m a serious whisky drinker and this latest
batch of Bells is awful!
Purchased from Morrisons on 13/2/2016

21st February 2016

Horrible back taste

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

Really ok blend.

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

Let's just say

opinion is divided

17th January 2016

What have they done?

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!!!

17th January 2016

Classic cheap whiskey

Not that bad!

6th January 2016


There is nothing remotely pleasant about this.

31st December 2015

Bells - Balls

Horrible stuff. Probably OK for fueling engines when petrol can't be had but definitely good for nothing else.

25th December 2015

Jerry Z USA

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

Avoid this whisky

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

Good for it's cheap price.

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

Awful flavour

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

Paint thinner

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

Poor blend

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

Not too shabby.

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

Miniature Gardens Scotland

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 of
Drinking 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

Del Bhoy

I'm a malt mega connoisseur and
my Son left a litre of this I my house, may have
Been 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

excellent product

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

Awful stuff

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

Almost put me off whisky for life

^ 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

Almost put me off whisky for life

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

Adam Smith

It's an acceptable blend with softly notes and a smokey finish

17th December 2014

bag lady

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

C''mon guys

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

Bag Lady?

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

Роман Україна

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

strange taste

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

good value budget blend -continued

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

Good value budget blend

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.

28th August 2014

Nogood boyo

Don't waste your money, invest in a decent cooking whiskey such as Grants

3rd July 2014

8 Years, should have been life!

This blended whisky is not very good, The product name describes the repeat purchsers.

24th May 2014

Only drink Bells after a couple of decent Single Malt Doubles

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

oh dear

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

You get what you pay for

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

Whisky Celt ...

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

Mediocre at best.

Not bad, but not good either. Rather harsh. For the same style and price range, I personally prefer Whyte & Mackay.

8th February 2014

Not the worst, but best avoided

Better than no scotch. Fair nose, but otherwise second rate stuff.

5th January 2014

The best Whisky you can buy for the price.

Great tasteing Whisky. You cannot get better for the price, full-stop.

30th December 2013

Great if you have no tatsebuds

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

Mitch from Russia

I really like it. Good blend. Good distillery. Good choice. Good price. Don't compare it with premium whisky.

4th November 2013

Bloody awful.....

Instant heartburn and horrible face pull follow.... only acceptable in a hot whiskey when loaded up with a cold.
Jason Breen.

1st November 2013

Top Seller

@ big john because most people have no taste.

14th October 2013


One for the alcoholics, file alongside Tennents and Buckfast. Unforgivingly harsh and sweet.

14th October 2013

Worst whiskey I've ever tasted

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

Don't waste your money

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

High marks

4-Famous Grouse.

26th June 2013

Combine Harvester Accident

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

It's got my endorsement Part II!

Forgot to rate it! Top scale!

3rd April 2013

It's got my endorsement!

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!

3rd April 2013

The Old Funker

Taste of rubber. Its cheap when you need a drop.

25th January 2013

big john

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

Cocktail fodder

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

Tramp Juice.

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

ok ish!

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.

30th March 2012

Colin Myers

Lovely on a cold night in front of an open fire.

30th March 2012

John Murphy.

Always drink this stuff. You cannot go wrong with it.

30th March 2012

Good with cheese.

A little nip with a nice cheese and its spot on for taste.

30th March 2012

not so bad for the price

good whiskey for the price overall.

30th March 2012

Not the best.

had better had worse

30th March 2012

Richard Thomas

The best Whisky ever. I love this stuff and drink loads of it.

30th March 2012

Mediocre, bordering on rotgut

Bell's isn't quite as bad as some are making it out, but it's pretty god damned bad.

26th February 2012


Do goats eat fried eggs and do they like tap dancing?

28th January 2012

Not For Some

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

Great no afterburn like some

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

The last resort

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

Pure class

Sounds like most of the reviewer's had a bit too much--- of something!!

14th May 2011

Uncle peter

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

Very Nice and unique

Was introduced to Bell's about 20 years ago. Very nice flavor.

25th February 2011

review of bells

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

Tramp balls and toilet duck

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

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