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. Fruity aromas of cucumber, cara cara oranges, melon salad, and lemon oleo with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy hibiscus tisane, allspice, crushed juniper, compressed watermelon, thyme, and basil finish. A vibrant contemporary gin with pure citrus notes and endless refinement.
Awards: 2018 Best Gin
97 points $39.99
Martin Miller’s Gin
96 points
Clear color. Aromas of limoncello and peppermint with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, cheery skittles candy and orange blossom finish. A fruity, easy-drinking gin for summer punches and crowd-pleasing mixed drinks.
96 points $27.99
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
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of lemon-poppyseed muffin, pistachio and almond baklava, jamaican rum, juniper wood, toasted coconut, and toasted buttermilk biscuit with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length salted toffee, crispy sage, custard tart, and smoked earl grey tea finish. An elegant, decadent, nuanced Barrel Aged Gin for sipping or cocktails.
93 points $49.99
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
Fords London Dry Gin
90 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper, rosemary focaccia, lemon candies, and pomelo pith with a supple, bright, dryish light body and an even, carefree finish that exhibits notes of coriander, orange flower, and limestone finish. A mellow gin will classic botanicals that will fit in any cocktail.
90 points $23.99
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