This one is really special, the 20 Year Old Bell's Royal Reserve, bottled in the 1970s. I purchased this one at the LCBO online auction. It's been open for almost a year.
The colour is a dark amber. Rich and fruity on the nose with dates, rum-raisin, plums, dark spiced chocolate, bovril and a hint of chili. Not much peat but there's a small amount on offer. Really remarkable.
On the palate with have more rich chocolate, sherry, plum, dark honey and buttery oak. Christmas pudding. Demerara sugar. Cayenne. This is your Grandpa's scotch, sipped in the library in a leather armchair by the fire. I love this stuff, this is totally my jam.
The long finish is quite oaky with baked apple, black pepper and herbs. If you can find it, buy it. This is why I love my old rare scotch blends. Wow.
To compare them all? Well, nothing beats this old 20yo, but the current Bell's Original stands up very tall next to these older decanters. Even Pam was super-impressed. At $26.70 at the LCBO, Bell's Original is great value for money.