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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's a nice dram with a bit of sweetness and bit of peat too. It won't linger long afterwards but it isn't trying to be fancy.

I've been drinking Whiskey for 30 odd years of all kinds. I have a tiny obsession with the stuff. I'm amused by how pretentious some people can be regarding whiskey (and wine too actually). Bells is in no way harsh unless one doesn't drink neat spirits. It is fine and inoffensive and isn't costly. There is only one way to drink whiskey and that's the way you like to drink it. It seems to be a fashion to say it's rubbish; it isn't.

5th February 2021

Nowhere near as bad as people say

Sweet but not too sweet. Bit of peat. Smooth but a slight burn at the end that you would expect with most standard blends. Gives you a nice glow. Actually find it less sickly than some of the better regarded malts. For the price very good for a dram neat or mixed with ice and ginger ale/soda water/ Pepsi. Whatever floats your boat but it’s not as bad as some people would have you believe

19th January 2021

Recommended at the price

I have been drinking Sotch and Irish for 37 years now. I worked on the West Coast for three years in my twenties, where I really got introduced to Whisky properly. For some mad reason, I never tried Bells properly until Lockdown gripped the nation. I started only shopping in the village and tried Bells. Let's get this straight, it is not a 15 year old single malt, and it's not £45 a bottle. To me it's primarily a 3 way blend of Blair Atholl Coal Isla and Grain Whisky. It is smooth, sweet with a back drop of peat. Smooth enough for drinking neat, cheap enough to mix with coke or girders, if that's how you like it. On Burns Night, I will be Drinking Dalwhinnie 15, no question. For an every day day dram, Bells is excellent. I prefer Black Bottle, but that is difficult to get hold of. Bells is ubiquitous, thank the lord.

15th January 2021

Just for mixing

Very rough, not good to drink neat or on the rocks, only usable for mixing, but thats what you get for this price.

21st December 2020

Sheep dip

So bad i find it undrinkable.

10th November 2020

It's ruined by that Isla smokey taste - it would maybe be good otherwise

Bell's Whiskey is the worst tasting whiskey I've ever tried in my entire life. I got it originally as a present, and while whiskey doesn't last very long with me around to drink it, I've had the same bottle for a year and still not drank it all, simply because it's disgusting. I don't understand where most of the positive reviews come from, considering the taste is like the runoff from a heavily-used ashtray at the dirtiest pub in town. It's not a good whiskey.

Every single time that smokey flavour is added to any whiskey or other spirit, it completely ruins it. I'm not sure what it is, but it kills it personally for me. That's just how it is: it's awful and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone if it means sparing their tongues of the horrid, acrid taste it gives off. It reminds me of Ben Bracken Isla, where it tastes like how carbolic soap smells.

4th November 2020

Please take this as a warning

I have been a bells drinker for most of my adult life l am 62 now and I am very disappointed with the company putting a union jack on the label as a true Scots man I think that this is a disgrace and it will stop me drinking your product which I have enjoyed for years

27th October 2020

One bottle

I need it

21st October 2020

Do you like peat and smoke? (I avoided this one for years)

Because this has the peat and smoke of Isla, but it also has toffee flavours of lowland, spicy notes of speyside and whatever flavour I'm getting from it's Highland malt that I can't quite describe. It's young and not smooth, quite rough. So you add a little water (about 1/4 or 1/2 of water to whatever whisky you have) and take away the roughness. My rating is based on price and experience. This isn't a luxury whisky but it's a decent every day blend with an interesting mix of flavours.

As the title says I avoided this one for years based on people saying it was horrible stuff. I opted for Teachers, Grouse and W & M as daily whiskys. But I'll definitely have this as another option now.

13th October 2020

Old School Dram

I drink a lot of this. From previous reviews, I think a lot of the younger end who have been brought up to believe "smooth is good" find this a bit much for them, due to being used to drinking the cloying forgettable blandness of White & Mackay, Grouse et al. It's smoky, edgy and tastes like bog standard pub Scotch used to taste like back in the old days. A proper man's dram that is available everywhere and good value for money. It's not for jessies.

11th October 2020

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