I personally find it too sweet and very rough. Its hung on the wall in every pub in the UK. Most people then drink it as a chaser between pints of beer, rather than to enjoy it as a nice glass of whiskey. Taken this way it needs to "hurt" Bells certainly fits the bill. Still you know the saying "one mans poison"
I stand corrected I never read your posting fully. Please accept my appologies! My posting was intended to be a little humerous,in fact the 8 year old Bells is not a bad drop of scotch, IMHO Mt favourite blend is Johnnie Walker Black Label on offer at the moment at £16.99 in the UK.
It's in Sainsbury's at £14.99. So I got some, and it is indeed a fine dram, about as much better than the 8-year-old Bell's as the present 8-year-old is than the gopping stuff Bell's used to be. Top tip, Bruce