I was gifted this 37.5cl Bell’s Decanter on my travels.
A lot were sold over the years.
Wade pottery made my decanter with production in both Stoke & Portadown to keep up with demand.
The design here was in use from 1966 to 1988 – but as my decanter sports a barcode plus 40% ABV notation it suggests a 1980’s offering.
To celebrate Burn’s Night fellow whisky fans were invited round for a grand opening & drinking of the Bell’s.
The plastic seal on the cap was intact on removal.
Trying to prise open the cork it split in half!
Undeterred a corkscrew was utilised.
Sadly it only proceeded to open up a hole as the cork disintegrated into small pieces & a tea strainer had to be used to filter the whisky!
Nonetheless pleasant sweet & fruity aromas rose from the glass.
Decent depth & a rich body on the palate suggested sherry cask influence.
A flourish of spice on the rear left us all agreeing the 35yrs or so in the decanter hadn’t harmed this lovely little drinker.
My only disappointment was not detecting any peat influence – which I was expecting – but hey – it’s not every day you crack open a slice of Scottish Blended Whisky history!
A lovely dram to toast Rabbie Burns!
All images authors own.
For info on Bell’s Decanters read here.
For info on barcodes read here.
For info of Proof to ABV changes read here.