About English Spirits

About English Spirits
The spirit industry in England is all about gin; indeed a "London dry gin" is one of the iconic styles of this spirit. Gin has been produced in England for four centuries and today, there are numerous brands that are known around the world; some of them labeled "export strength" have as much as 47% alcohol.

A classic British gin offers notes of juniper, lime, pepper and sometimes even notes of citrus, pine and rose. While most are used in cocktails, some are refined enough to be enjoyed neat.

Top Picks for England

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
91 points
Gold color. Aromas of ginger peach tea, pepsi, saddle soaped saddle, hay, dried figs and dates, alfalfa, and chocolate ovaltine with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long dark browned biscuits and coconut, lemon oil, spiced lime leaf tea, salami, and fennel finish. A distinctive, rich whiskey with a wild edge.
91 points $54.99
City of London Square Mile Gin
90 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pine, bison grass, and lemon balm with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of peppercorns and fresh cut herbs finish. A nicely spicy and herbal gin with a super-fresh quality.
EDEN London Dry Gin
90 points
Clear color. Green aromas of cucumber, geranium, cumin, and cardamom and bananas with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, intricate, medium-long lime peels, angelica, mixed peppercorns, and cinchona finish. A beautiful contemporary gin with complex, integrated flavors and balanced sweetness.
90 points $26.99
Greenall’s London Dry Gin
88 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper, cracked green peppercorn, orris root, coriander, dill, and orange sherbet with a soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. An easy-drinking gin that hits all the herbal notes; will work in all the classics.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bloom Jasmine & Rose Gin
88 points
Pale pink color. Perfumed aromas of luxury bath powder, dill, rose water, wisteria, lemon scone, and nasturtium with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length rose jam, crushed juniper, salt, and and pepper finish. A hyper-floral gin that will make for lots of fun twists on the classics.
88 points $34.99
87 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried juniper, morning dew, lavender, and lemon bars with a crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with touches of violet and cream finish. A mild-tempered gin with a gentle spice and soft citrus.
87 points $24.99
South Bank London Dry Gin
85 points
Clear color. Herbal aromas of cucumber, rosemary, lemon peels, and black peppercorn with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk capsicum, ginger, cinnamon, and nut oils finish. An approachable gin of the garden variety.
85 points $24.99
Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin
84 points
Pale silvery pink color. Fruity aromas of raspberry confection, lime pixi stix, and pink starburst with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a peppery, brisk dried juniper and lavender finish. Pops of raspberry flavor make this blush-hued gin a fun choice for festive tonics.
84 points $17.99