Kategoriarkiv: Bell’s

Bell’s 8 YO – Extra Special

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Scotland unspecified
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and harsh. A big bucket of butterscotch together with the harshness from the grain spirit is first to come through. There are some assorted fresh fruits in the background as well as some vanilla and some sweet liquorice. This is a middle of the road blended scotch nose. The age hides most of the sharp edges though.

Mouth: It starts out pretty well rounded but the harsh grain note is still shining through from the background. The focus still lies on a very pronounced butterscotch with vanilla and a touch of honey. The fruit notes are still coming through, but they are still not recognizable as individual parts. The oak starts to make it’s presense known and it just adds a slightly unpleasant bitterness.

Finish: A small but noticable spicyness comes through together with the butterscotch and vanilla. There’s a bitterness from the start and it turns into oak and a bad cup of coffee. The assorted fruits stay through the finish. This is a standard blend with the sharp edges removed by age.

Additional information
This blend is made from up to 40 different whiskies. Blair Athol, Dufftown, Glenkinchie, Caol Ila and Inchgower are identified as parts of the whole. The extra special had the 8 yo age statement between 1994-2008.

Bell’s Blended Scotch Whisky

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Scotland unspecified
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: A mix of harsh grain spirit and menthol fight with butterscotch and vanilla for the attention. A hint of baked red apples and pie crust come through after some time in the glass, but it remains one-dimensional and shallow.

Mouth: Watery at first then the overly sweet butterscotch note comes marching in. There’s a hint of fruitiness behind the unpleasant harshness. A tanniny oakiness slowly builds up. It’s very bitter, but not in a good way. The vanilla notes is kind of surrounding everything in a thin outer layer.

Finish: Everything except the oak and the harshness dies quite quickly and things just end in an unpleasant oakiness. There are traces left of butterscotch and vanilla, but they just kind of make the bitterness worse. There are hints of good things within, but they are well hidden.

Additional information
Bell’s consists of malts from the islands as well as speyside. Blair Athol, Dufftown, Glenkinchie, Caol Ila and Inchgower are identified as parts of the whole.