About UK Spirits

About UK Spirits
The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Whiskey of course is the leading spirit. Besides those from Scotland (both single malts and blends), there are some excellent examples from Northern Ireland. These are a bit less robust than those from Scotland, as they are generally triple distilled, making them a bit smoother.

Gin from England is the other great spirit of Great Britain (see entry on England)

Top Picks for United Kingdom

Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin
97 points
Clear color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of myrrh, eucalyptus, musk, aloe vera, frankincense, geranium, orris root, and juniper with a velvety, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows shades of rose, tarragon, and leather conditioner finish. A masculine-of-center, perfumed gin of the highest order; will create one-of-a-kind cocktails with a signature aroma.
Awards: 2019 Best Gin
Martin Miller’s Gin
96 points
Clear color. Exotic aromas and flavors of clementine sorbet, sandalwood, concord grape, and frankincense with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, delightful, scant finish that presents elements of hint of juniper, pomelo, cherrywood, ginger, honey, and orris root finish. A candied floral gin with woody undertones that enthrall the senses.
Salcombe Start Point London Dry Gin
96 points
Clear color. Herbal aromas of cardamom candied flowers, green peppercorn, dried juniper berries, and lime and angelica with a creamy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long juniper blast, orange and dried mint, jasmine and sweet herbs, and cedar and licorice finish. A well constructed classic gin with a traveling finish.
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
95 points
Clear color. Inviting, herbal aromas of lemon peel, cedar, eucalyptus, kalamata tapenade, coriander, and grilled nopales with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, very complex, long alpine herbs, dill, fennel fronds, oregano, black pepper, and celery finish. A fantastic, skillfully crafted herbaceous gin with excellent depth of flavors.
95 points $32.99
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Barrel Rested Gin
93 points
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cinnamon roll, chai latte, gingerbread, and cream soda with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of lemon creme, shortbread, juniper, and black pepper finish. A creamy Barrel Aged Gin that will make a plethora of delicious winter-time cocktails.
Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin
92 points
Pale clear color. Bright, hot, herbal minerally peppery aromas and flavors of licorice soufflé, date bread, and dried flowers with a glycerous, shy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of almond milk, praline, panettone, and violet gum finish. A smooth, delicate gin that will be quite versatile.
92 points $24.99
Plymouth Gin
91 points
Clear color. Clean aromas of aloe, lemon oil, lime peel, and green olive with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk white pepper, soursop, and grapefruit finish. A mild but peppery gin for summer refreshers and gin purists.
91 points $32.99
Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
90 points
Clear color. Fresh aromas of lime zest, black pepper, rose, and cucumber spa water with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long lemon pepper and juniper finish. A solid navy strength gin for all the classic punches.
90 points $37.99
Gin Lane 1751 Old Tom Gin
90 points
Clear color. Rich, complex, curious floral green aromas and flavors of anise seed, warm milk and honey, and hint of peppermint vanilla bark with a glycerous, crisp, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long finish evoking overtones of spicy flan, honeycomb, pepper, and dried herbs and straw finish. A subtle, not-too-sweet Old Tom gin.
90 points $24.99
Fords London Dry Gin
89 points
Clear color. Aromas of watercress, lemon zest, and dried juniper berries with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a crisp geranium, crisp apple, and cardamom finish. A rock solid gin that will work in all the classics.
89 points $23.99