Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Arthur Bell & Sons (AB&S)
Bottling serie
Royal Reserve
Stated Age
20 years old
86 (proof)
757 ml
4/5 quart, 86 proof, Liqueur Blended Scotch Whisky
Bottled for
imported by Heublin inc Hartford Conntecticut
Added on
13 Jun 2020 2:42 pm by z-imaging

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Whisky Reviews for Bell's 20-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is one of the first Bell's 20 year for the American Market, imported by Heublin Inc, Hartford Connecticut, who were sole distributers in the US.
    This is a 1960`s bottle so the spirit was distilled in the 1940`s.
    I always held off buying the dark label 70`s & 80`s that are not called Liqueur blend but decided to try this one.
    I will open it soon, finger's crossed, another notch on my big old blend adventure.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I really like this one, much better than i was hoping the palate and finish are better than the nose suggests.
    excellent balance, 1940's distillate, bottled around 66/67
    the cork was mushy and snapped at the top but found another cork luckily.
    this is no good if you are a peat head or like massive sherry but as a pre dinner dram you would be hard pushed to better this, regardless of whether it was a blend, blended malt or single malt.
    The most surprising thing is that after only one dram i know i have had a dram, now that is quality :)
    A bottle of Bells at 90 points+, who would have thought. I knew the yanks got the best blended liquid in the 50's. 60's & 70's this bottle certainly proves that.
    This is dangerously drinkable, i will need to be careful with this bottle.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy with hints of ginger, warm pastry, white pepper, dried autumn leaves, hints of treacle tart
    • Taste
      92 92
      wow, i was hoping this would be good but this exceeds my expectations.
      lovely mouth feel and great balance.
      Flavour wise there is a big orange marmalade hit mixed with ginger and pepper and as you go on it gets creamy.
      warm pastry
    • Finish
      91 91
      not the longest finish but very pleasant with the spice very active on the tail, it is actually really nice.


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