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
218815
Salcombe
Start Point London Dry Gin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201857
BOODLES
British Gin
Clear. Aromas of creamy porridge, lemon pastry, juniper, and spice with a plush satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, seamlessly nuanced finish with notes of lemongrass gelato, pink peppercorns, coriander and piney herbs. A fantastically flavorful and balanced gin that is sure to please the most discriminating palate.
93 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214478
Gin Lane 1751
London Dry Gin
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 almond milk, praline, panettone, and violet gum finish. A smooth, delicate gin that will be quite versatile.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217553
Martin Miller’s
9 Moon Gin
Dull light gold color. Attractive, candied aromas and flavors of cola gummies, honey with black peppercorns, and croissant and green tea jelly with a satiny, crisp, light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-length butterscotch, crushed juniper in toffee, roasted cashew, and eucalyptus and tuberose finish. A yummy barrel aged gin; balanced with unexpected tropical notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214479
Gin Lane 1751
Old Tom Gin
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 spicy flan, honeycomb, pepper, and dried herbs and straw finish. A subtle, not-too-sweet Old Tom gin.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202261
Josef Mäch
Herbal LIqueur
Copper brown color. Aromas of gingerbread, cola, and sassafras gelato with a supple, sweet medium body and a nice interplay of molasses cake, spices, and bitter herbs on the long, warming finish. A delicious, nicely balanced digestif.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201599
Bloom
Premium London Dry Gin
Clear. Mild aromas of raisin pepper bread, juniper blossom, anise, and cucumber with a glycerous, dryish medium-to-full body and delicate honey cream, peppercorn, mineral, and lemongrass accented finish. A nicely refined and understated gin for martinis.
89 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203319
Kamm & Sons
Ginseng Spirit
Minutely hazy saffron copper color. Aromas and flavors of herbal tea, sliced ginseng, and peppercorn with a silky, mildly sweet medium-to-full body and an earthy tree bark, wormwood, and warming peppery ginseng and ginger root nuanced finish. Very pure and earthy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214480
Gin Lane 1751
Victoria Pink Gin
Clear silvery orange pink color. Lively, attractive aromas of fruitcake, delicate herbs and pepper, and pinecone with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy spicy bread pudding, licorice, and dried citrus finish. A pleasant, fruity, easy drinking gin for colorful cocktails.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202262
Josef Mäch
Cinnamon Herbal Liqueur
Brown copper color with a golden saffron rim. Aromas of cinnamon bark and red hots, cola and root beer candy with a silky, sweet medium body and a warming, light molasses, caramel, spice, and herb medley on the finish. A nice choice for mixing or shots.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab