Bells originally produced by Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd and now owned by Diageo. It is the best selling whisky in the UK.
In 1851, Arthur Bell (1825–1900) began to blend various single malts together to create a more consistent blended whisky.Arthur Bell was the first known whisky manufacturer to appoint a London agent, by at least 1863.Bell’s two sons joined the business in partnership in 1895.
Arthur Kinmond (1868–1942) was appointed to manage the domestic market and Robert was appointed as head of the brand overseas.By the 1880s the company was focused on blended whisky.Arthur Bell died in 1900.In 1921 the partnership became a private company run by Arthur Kinmond after Robert retired to live as a country gentleman. The end of Prohibition in America created a surge in demand, which led Arthur Bell & Sons to acquire two distilleries in 1933: Blair Athol and Dufftown.In 1936 the Inchgower distillery was also acquired.