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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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Bell's Original Reviews

It is worth considering before buying

The scent wasn't too bad at the start, I really felt the effect of the caramel dye.
It doesn't taste good enough when you taste it in neat. The addition of ice cubes also didn't help the taste get better at all. The addition of Coke makes it taste a little better.

12th August 2020

Not sure what that was

Such a pure alcohol aftertaste which heavily outbalances any flavour notes. When the bottle was opened it had this chemical like woody smell. Went straight back to Jameson. Wouldn’t recommend neat, maybe with a mixer.

2nd August 2020

Don’t like the new taste

I am wondering if they changed the recipe the after taste is awful

21st July 2020

don't like it

Just bought a bottle I'm not that fussy but this is awful.

17th July 2020

Overall a cheap utility whisky for dashing in cocktails, coffee, baking, etc.

Very rough taste, heavy alcohol punch which masks the flavours you'll find on the tasting notes, although they are there. I advise against drinking neat.

I usually dash a dram of this in a coffee in the evening.

1st July 2020

Not the best

It doesn't smell too bad but the taste is awful, have they changed recipe or something? I'll stick to Old Pulteney.

24th June 2020

It really isn’t nasty!

How “Nasty Nasty” can be so dismissive is beyond me. Bell’s has more of the island taste than, for example, a smooth and highlandy Grouse. However it is still a fine blend and a pleasant change to get peat smoke but a little less intense than the famous Islay single malts. Of course it’s a whisky and a very popular one at that

14th May 2020

Whikey good.

This bottle of bells smells and tastes smokey to me, it did not taste like that before.

5th May 2020

Nasy nasty.! they can call this whisky is beyond me. I enjoy a neat whisky and usually stick to the cheaper gut rot variety. Decided to treat myself to a bottle of Bells....never again. A 'hint' of smoke? Good god...thought I was drinking a bonfire! Doesnt smell like any whisky I ever had before either. Lesson learnt.

17th April 2020

Please tell your masters to stop poisoning people with this crap.

It is awful! The noxious smell combined with the equally noxious taste indicates that your big name whiskey is contaminated with a toxic substance. I was really amazed by how bad it tasted. I mean I mostly drink cheap whisky like Queen Margot (£14.99/litre) which has a gorgeous smell & a pleasant enough taste.
I, for one, shall never buy any of Bell's Whisky ever again.

6th April 2020

Not Whiskey

Doesn't even smell like Whiskey and I am not normally a Whiskey drinker but if I do it is Jameson but unfortunately due to the current Coronavirus crisis the local CO-OP had sold all Jamesons 750ml bottles which were £18 a bottle, so in a quick decision I opted for Bells Scotch at £20 for 1ltr. Should of gone for the Famous Grouse at £26 as this Bells is just dreadful, it smells like something trying to imitate Whiskey and tastes even worse, on my first taste it took me back to something from my childhood, something medicinal, my wife had a taste and immediately said TCP and bingo it clicked, that was the taste from my childhood. That is what this tastes of with some hint of smoke and a pretense of whiskey taste but this aint Whiskey. If these were BOOTLEG PROHIBITION times this might be acceptable.

20th March 2020


Stick to Whyte and Mackay. Not great but at least it tastes of whisky - not TCP

12th March 2020

Hit with the smoke.

Some have said about the hint of smoke and oak Theres no scent of it but when you drink the 2020 bottle it's more than strong as it practically kicked me in the throat and left an aftertaste that unfortunately I wasn't fond of. Pity as it's really the first that hasn't appealed to me and I wouldn't try to be picky.

10th March 2020

Getting better and underrated

Never changes. Consistent and you can detect an element of fruit, smoke and a biscuity element where a lot of other blends are fruit driven. Very nice mixed with Pepsi in particular with ice.

9th February 2020

Best blended whisky bar non.

I’m 60 and experienced. Forget good malts and better. These are in their own ‘league’.
However for a mass market blended scotch there is nothing better than Bell’s. I’ve tried everything. All the supermarkets, including the so called 8year olds, all the premiums Chivas etc. The new ones, Woodsman and clones. Bell’s doesn’t mess around with fake vanilla, extra sugar, over caramelisation, pretend smoke. It’s remarkably pure. No silly 3 barrels maturation, multiple distillation or medals from who knows who. At a very reasonable price, frequently discounted for a litre. Currently it’s the best blend in the market. Long may that continue In these fast changing times!

21st December 2019


I was a long time Bells drinker but about 10 years ago the flavour changed and is disgustingly like coal tar soap of years ago or the smell of creosote.why

4th December 2019

Light but beautiful

The nose is light with faint peat smoke with caramel and vanilla nuances. A litttle bitterness is obvious due to reused oak casks used for maturation. The palate is in correlation with the nose with a lttle spiciness. Finish is short but pleasant.

29th October 2019

One to avoid

I dont like it at all. Of the jug whiskies both white horse and j&b are nicer. Harsh and bland at the same time.

2nd October 2019

An old friend returns after 40 years.

It is currently on offer at Waitrose for £14 for a 70cl bottle. I bought a bottle this morning to make bramble whisky (by soaking blackberries in it for a month or so) and kept back a small amount to drink neat. It was delicious, a nice nose, smooth taste and more than a hint of malt on the palate. I will definitely buy it again at that price and put it in a decanter as my ‘house whisky’ and keep my single malts for high days and holidays.

20th August 2019

It's A Mixer Not A Sipper

The perfect Scotch to mix with dry ginger ale and it!

19th August 2019

Lovely whisky

Can't understand the negative reviews. I'm generally a malt drinker but enjoy good blends too. This struck me as a lovely light and sweet whisky: very drinkable.

20th July 2019

sink cleaner would taste better

tastes of chemicals buy Grants for a more mellow drink

4th July 2019


I used to enjoy this brand but now tastes of chemicals-awful!please change the blend,until then, not buying another bottle.

14th June 2019

A bit harsh

I really don't like this at all, it is really quite a harsh taste and not pleasurable to drink, probably fine for a mixer though.

7th June 2019

Great price

standard blend, sweet with a noticeable peat kick. Not tried this in a while, but not bad

6th June 2019

Sorry but not coming back

First bottle I bought had a wonderful smell when I opened the bottle. Next bottle had no smell and was very sharp..Are there counterfeits on the market ??

6th June 2019

Chemical Crap!

Worst thing ever bottled this tastes like Metho with faux smoke added all chemical tastes this cannot be minimum 5 year old whisky

13th May 2019

What in the world?

Decided to try a bottle of Bells Original since it was on sale. This is a mess! Feels disgusting to drink.

9th May 2019

Earthy blend

Bells is quite earthy and different from other blends. Savoury compared to Whyte and Mackay or grants. Cheap and cheerful. Don't understand the hate for it.

22nd March 2019

Not the same

This not meant to be silly....but i like Bells whiskey...usually before my evening meal. But as you can see i am at moment in Spain. I have great difficulty in getting the whisky in the bottle. Usually only from Iceland. But i can get it in the plastic bottle. I have great problem with it simply does not smell or taste the i wrong !!!

16th March 2019

Bells - no longer "8 Years" ???

I have been drinking Bells 8 Year Old as my standard blend for decades. It has always been my yardstick for all other 'standard' blends. However I have just realised that the "8 Years" tag on the label has dis-appeared. It may be my imagination, but I also sense that some of the richness and the nose has gone with it. Anybody else noticed this?

2nd March 2019

Definitely a better scotch than a decade ago

Definitely smoother with a subtle smoke finish.

1st March 2019


When someone has a bottle of bells in their home you know they don't have a clue about Whiskey

19th February 2019


Worst whisky ive ever drank!

14th February 2019

Bad Batch?

Oh god, I take back what I said in the previous review, I just got a new bottle and it's permeated with one of the worst tastes I've ever experienced. I assume it's just a bad batch, but if a bad batch exists it's certainly not a good recommendation for beginners. I'm gonna have to pour this one straight down the drain I reckon

12th February 2019

You can't beat it for the price

AFAIK, the only additive permitted to whisky is caramel, so all the reviewers talking about a chemical taste are talking through the top of their hats. Am just enjoying a double Bella with 2 ice cubes in my local Spoons and was struck by its peatiness. A lot of these reviews seems to be based on whisky snobbery and I am willing to bet that if you gave Bella on the rocks to many of those who have reviewed it negatively in a blind taste taste, they would probably rave about it and say it was a delicate single Islay malt. Great blend, which IMHO has improved vastly over the decades.

8th February 2019

Spend a bit extra and buy something else (anything)

Really horrible, I can drink pretty much anything and enjoy it, I used to quite like Bells as a mixed drink, now it tastes like antiseptic. I have a nearly full bottle and may have to pour it down the drain.

29th January 2019

Probably not even whiskey anymore

I've had customers turn their nose up just hearing this was the house whiskey, and fair reason, whatever it used to be like it's random stuff now. Could get paint stripper, could get smooth, could get smokey, you never know.
It's the cheapest stuff on the shelf next to home brand supermarket stuff for a reason, a shame but hopefully bad press will make them fix it.

1st January 2019

I would rather drink water.

Absolutely dreadful whisky. No character whatsoever and induces heartburn. Worst blend ever.

26th December 2018

Good for beginners

I'd say it's great as a beginner's whisky. Especially diluted, the challenging flavours like peat don't come through as much, and instead we're left with sweeter tones that are easy to distinguish if you know they're there.

21st December 2018


Taste like someone has flicked cigarette ash into it.

18th December 2018

Top value

Great blend, smoky and earthy and balanced with sweetness

11th December 2018


This ain't what it used to be. Tasted almost medicinal like TCP. Used to be my whisky of choice as a blend, but now have tasted better supermarket blends

3rd December 2018

Dissappointed, not as it used to be.

I have bought Bells whisky a few times in the past and it was sooth tasting. However I have just purchase a bottle from Sainsburys and this has a definitely smoky flavour, has the blend been changed? The smokiness is so strong that I feel unable to serve this to friends. Can someone please explain!

16th November 2018


I've been a fan of Bell's for many years, bought 2 bottles at £15 each, bargain I thought. Huh! Something has been put in the whisky to make it taste foul. I thought my Canada Dry had gone off! It's too bad and I wish I hadn't made two purchases as I'll throw it all down the drain.

7th November 2018

Not good

Very peat flavour, not to be recommended

10th October 2018


Surprised and very satisfied. IMO better than those in its price category and more savoury than sweet unlike its competitors

13th September 2018

Bad buy something else.

This tastes nothing like whisky, very chemical nasty taste I have had home made whisky made from essence added to moonshine that tastes more like whisky than this. It's as if they brewed up a mile of vodka and used a chemical based "whisky flavour" and bottled it as blended whisky. I tried it with ginger ale and with cola niether disguise the bad taste of this stuff. Will stick with Glenfiddich or American Wild Turkey.

5th September 2018

Furniture polish tastes nicer -AVOID.

"They have created a monster'. By combining all the waste crap, mixing, whoops, i mean " blending" they sell off the worst of the worst. Amazed that people buy this, in all it's union jack finery....Real Scots don't drink it. I'm not sure why its still being produced. I'd rather drink a tin of furniture polish. Less of a chemical aftertaste.

4th September 2018

Never ever buy again

Disgusting. Tastes as if it has had some chemical added. Tried to camouflage with Stones Ginger Wine, bit it tasted even worse. Yuk!

15th August 2018

Smooth and flavorful

Smooth and flavorful, an easy sipping whiskey for drinking neat

15th August 2018

Chemical disaster

Bought a small bottle of Bells last night as I fancied a whisky and of all the cheapo blended brands Bells has been pretty drinkable for the money .......oh dear God what have they done , the fake peat /iodine flavouring is way over the top a la Laphroiag and has rendered the stuff almost undrinkable ! Looks like I will have to bite the bullet and try and keep a bottle of half decent single malt hidden somewhere for the odd whisky craving night .......

28th July 2018

Can't go wrong

Malt Whisky prices me out and to be fair this does what it needs to do. A no frills but tasty whisky. Blended to suite the many rather than the connoisseur.

15th July 2018

A taste so foul it might push you to drink

My god, what is this chemical taste that has now that seemed to cut through all other flavours? Bells is a decent, nice and rich flavour for the first few seconds then before you know it, it's like the cult leader just commanded us all to "drink the koolaid" if you catch my drift.

Tried to dilute it with coke and the chemical taste of the whisky cut straight through. Coke is literally all chemicals so it appears we've found the one chem to rule them all.

1 star though, as it did manage to get me drunk in a pinch.

8th June 2018


A blend that benefits greatly from the addition of ice.

The alcohol taste and aroma is quite overpowering in this blend, add ice or a drop or two of cold mineral water to bring out the tastes and aromas your dram has to offer.

Not a bad blend, enjoyable, once diluted.

Notes of smoke and fudge.

Not sure this blend would marry itself too well with Coke (for the type who likes to mix) but I hear Thatcher used to chuck in generous helpings of Soda to her dram o' Bell's to feed her desires of social injustice.

10th May 2018

Smooth Blended Whisky

A great blended whisky, full of character.

7th May 2018


I am drinking a small shot of bells before going to bed from the last 60 years. Its excellent and has helped maintain a satisfactory health thanks To Bells producers.

2nd May 2018

Unacceptable on every level.

An insult to drain cleaner, the only whiskey I have ever thrown away - no one would accept it - sad.

29th March 2018

Disgusting, awful, never ever drink this by itself, in fact nothing can take the awful taste away. AVOID!

The worst foul dram in the world, please stop!

29th March 2018


Used for mixing at a party

23rd February 2018

Never a complaint

I always keep a bottle of this in the house for when I fancy a whisky and ginger ale/coke or soda and plenty of ice. So refreshing. Tasty wee blend on its on, I find it earthy and not overpowering

16th February 2018


I've tried bells a few times, including on a blind folded taste test. I can pick out that nasty stuff a mile away. The person that come up with this blend must of had a cold at the time as there is no way real working taste buds would find this acceptable to be called scotch. I would rather drink neat drain cleaner than drink this stuff by choice.

12th February 2018

One of the few blends that can happily be drunk neat.

Bells, it is what it is. A very popular pretty cheap blend of malt and grain whiskys.
Personally I quite like it. it is surprisingly better than Teachers and has a complexity similar to Grants Family reserve.
Other similar low priced blends are Famous Grouse, which I like a lot and Whites & MacKays which is also surprisingly complex.
Bells has a different taste to these others, with bigger hints of peat which I really enjoy.
As an indication, my favourite malt is Ardbeg, whilst Bells blend is not in the same league, it is a pleasent dram and can happily be drunk neat, which is imo the only way to consume Uisge Beatha.

31st January 2018

Bell's WAS one of the best.

Over the past few months where I've brought the odd bottle of Bell's I've noticed it's taste has REALLY taken a dive. I've tasted better thing's from under the kitchen sink. Bell's WAS one of the best tasting single blend's on the market, what's happened!! Come on now, revert back to ORIGINAL TASTE, you'll sell more & consumer's will love you for it!! 😊

24th January 2018


Great value and multifunctional. Will buy again, found it to have toffee with a hint of smoke

11th January 2018

horrible taste

Used to always drink Bells but now it has a horrible chemical? taste and I'm not the only one as my Friends say the same.

1st January 2018

Not sure why so many hate this whisky.

I bought this from Spec's in the U.S. It's relatively uncommon here so I just picked it up on impulse to try something new. It's decently rich and even has a somewhat 'creamy' texture for a blend. Typically honeyed grain flavors of a decent, middle-rung blend with vague charred/smoky hints. Similar enough to Dewar's.
Not bad neat but more appropriate with a few ice cubes or a splash of ginger ale, which was delicious. I didn't have high hopes after reading these reviews but was pleasantly surprised. Not going to become my daily dram but still totally drinkable.

2nd December 2017

Good blend

Standard blend that for its price really shines. Judge it as a blend and not a £50 bottle of single malt and you won't be disappointed. Try with ice and Soda Water

12th November 2017

Disgusting. Not drinkable.

Digesting whisky. Not the way it used to be.

12th November 2017

Once alright... Now beyond awful!!!

I've drunk Bell's in the past, and found it 'Ok'...
Lately; Jesus H. Christ, what have they done to it???

It tastes like it's been diluted with Dettol...
I'll never buy this rubbish again!!!

11th November 2017

Horrible whisky

Out of all the whiskys I've tried over the years I always steer clear of this one, unless someone gets me a bottle at Xmas where I will drink under protest with alot of water or ice to make it drinkable .

9th November 2017

It is what it is

Tastes ok for a cheap blend it has a touch of smoke. Nice with lemonade 50/50. Gets you nice and pissed, what more do you want from a cheap blend?

1st October 2017

Rich, pleasantly surprised.

Really not sure why this whisky garners so much hatred. Bought this in Ireland, and four of us were pleasantly surprised. Think Teacher's Highland Cream without the burn. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel is full of rich notes of brown sugar and malt, with just the right amount of peat. The finish I found to be long and lingering, with just a hint of liquorice. For the price, I'm not sure what all the negativity is about. If you're looking for a decent blend with a bit more richer flavour than some of the ones on offer, give this a whirl.

15th September 2017

Quite horrible

Britsky yuk. Seriously contaminated with Union Jackeritis

23rd August 2017

good and well valued .

It's Bells, it's a very good blended whisky and has been for many years and is standard supply in every pub in Scotland . That speaks for itself . along with other well known brands it holds its own in the bars .Yes I see it is now on supply in Thailand and about time too .The price although possibly a promotional one in Thailand is EXTREMELY acceptable and most expats here are getting wind of it . Personally I am JW black label man but Bells at this price here will do fine considering what they charge for the JW black . It isn't a favourite at most bars in Scotland for generations for no good reason. Don't listen to the so called purists. Oh and most single malts are just overated in my opinion anyway .

14th August 2017

Poor quality, rough and unpleasant

I bought the bottle with the Union Jack in Thailand and being an expat thought I would give it a go at just 350 baht a bottle (about 8 quid). I had been spending 1500 baht on a 1 litre bottle of Jamesons which I enjoyed a lot. I wasnt expecting it to be superior but I was still really disappointed with the quality. It just tastes cheap, very rough and unpalatable even with lashings of pepsi. I will try it with ginger ale but I doubt I will buy it again.

11th August 2017

It's okay

It's an okay, cheap whisky. Due to the price, it isn't really consumed for its taste.

31st July 2017

Better than expected

Very new to whisky, thought I'd give this a try buying a small 20cl bottle. Pleasantly surprised. Can't see much going on in the smell, but very smooth on the palate. I would just edge it over white and mcKay, and it tastes better straight than jack Daniels 7 imo.

27th July 2017


There is a new release in a bottle sporting a Union Jack (Brexit?) label. I haven't had a Bell's for a few years but remember that it was a reasonably pleasant drop.
But this is awful! The least palatable dram I've ever encountered. It's like raw grain spirit mixed with industrial boot-polish. No finesse, no smooth notes or discernible spice. Maybe a hint of creosote?
Whatever you have done, please undo and go back to your roots.
Can't contemplate finishing the bottle - and I'm a bottle a week scotch drinker.

1st June 2017

Worth it

I know it's not great but for the price I paid it's really worth it! Hahaha

30th May 2017


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

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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