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 Dry Gin
97 points
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, buoyant 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
Juniper Green Gin
93 points
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 finish revealing impressions of pepper and tangerine finish. A clean, pure, vibrant gin with a good balance of fruit, herbal juniper, and spice.
Zephyr Elderberry Black London Dry Gin
93 points
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 finish with accents of 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
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
Broker’s London Dry Gin
91 points
Best Buy
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
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
Zephyr Gin
89 points
Clear color. Bright, candied, fruity aromas and flavors of fruit stripe gum and berry bubblegum, orange blossom honey on hawaiian bread, and fruit cocktail with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with touches of toasted herb muffin, creamy nougat, dusty straw and juniper, and cough syrup finish. An inviting fruit-centric gin with enough stuffing to appeal to a wide range of palates.
89 points $31.99
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