Arthur Bell opened a shop in his hometown of Perth importing teas from around the world, as well as selling whisky. Come the 1850s he turned his hand to blending whiskies, because “several fine whiskies blended together pleases more palates than one whisky unmixed”, he insisted. Arthur died in 1900, leaving a well-tended business for his sons Arthur Kimmond Bell and Robert Duff Bell to take over. They acquired the nearby Blair Athol distillery in 1933 – it now forms the heart of the blend, adding subtle and spicy warmth. In 1978, Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky officially became the UK’s number one whisky.
The flavour of Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky comes from the finest malt whiskies in Scotland – the fresh, sweet malts of Speyside to the smoky sea salt of the islands, all matured in selected oak casks for a richer flavour. Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky has up to 40% malt whisky in the blend, giving a richness of flavour, with great depth. The Master Blender then skilfully blends these together with grain whiskies. In total around 35 different whiskies are combined to give a diverse array of aromas and flavours.
How to enjoy
The flavour of this delicious whisky is best enjoyed neat to bring out the nose of fresh, sweet malt barley and a floral edge. A splash of water releases the rich, distinctive character of Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky, while a couple of cubes of ice allow you to savour its appealing, rounded qualities. And try Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky paired with gingerbread for a perfect match.
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