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
214643
Cotswolds
Dry Gin
Brilliant clear color. Bold, citrusy aromas of lemon oil and cream, piney juniper, herb melange, and turpentine and pine sol with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, cheery nut flour, pepper dust, wet limestone, and key lime zest finish. An intense old world style gin packed with flavor for the boldest of cocktails.
97 points $43.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214398
Martin Miller’s
Westbourne Strength Gin
Brilliant clear color. Bright, citrusy, complex aromas and flavors of dried lemon and flowers, licorice, herb pepper muffin, and indian spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, breezy juniper jelly, citrus custard, minerals, and pepper finish. A rich, elegantly styled gin for classic cocktails.
95 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206623
The English Whisky Co.
Peated Single Malt Whisky
Golden yellow color. Lightly smoky aromas of caramelized nuts and stone fruits, peat, and toasted muffin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, resonant campfire ember, creme brulee, smoked nuts, and peppery spice finish. A delicious marriage of grain, fruit and smoke element. An obvious choice for a great cigar experience.
94 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214528
Juniper Green
Gin
Clear color. Bright, citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon pepper and custard, floral herbs, honeyed juniper, and minerals with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long pepper and tangerine finish. A clean, pure, vibrant gin with a good balance of fruit, herbal juniper, and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214615
Zephyr
Elderberry Black London Dry Gin
Clear color. Lively, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of alpine herb lozenge, berry custard, and lemon and orange blossoms with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long Buddha’s hand, bergamot, juniper jelly on raisin toast, and pink pepper and chalk finish. A wonderful melange of fruit, herb, and floral tones that will be fun to mix with.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209751
Opihr
Oriental London Dry Gin
Clear color. Rich, citrusy, herbal aromas of fresh juniper blossoms, menthol-mint, herbal bark and roots, and earl grey tea with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, elegant, long pepper dust, wet stone, and anise cream finish. A powerhouse of flavor with a refined balance.
93 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209722
Langley’s
Distilled London Gin
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, fruity aromas of spicy zucchini bread, juniper jelly, and pine sap with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, easy orange blossom honey, dried flowers and fruits, and sweet cream finish. A delicious femininely style gin will be a great transition into the category.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214415
Fords
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Bright, earthy aromas and flavors of dusty bark and grass, peppered toasted nuts, and ginger zucchini bread with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long citrus cream, pink pepper, honeyed spiced melon, and juniper jam finish. A smooth, subtle, well balanced gin that will be quite versatile.
92 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214397
Martin Miller’s
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, grassy, green aromas of fresh herbs and spices, dried citrus, and pine sap with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, lemon jelly, honeyed juniper, and spice cake finish. A silky and poised nouveau gin that is sure to please.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214790
Broker’s
London Dry Gin
Brilliant clear color. Faint, floral aromas of herb nut muffin, powdered honey, and tropical and chamomile tea with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy orange spice cake, licorice, pepper, and chalk finish. A rock solid gin with a fine balance of juniper, herbs and fruit.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab