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

Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale Cocktail Mixer
93 points
$4.99
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of hints of honey and crystalized ginger with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of hints of sweet gingersnaps, vanilla, and hints of rosemary. An easy Ginger Ale for adults; drier than expected, distinctively herbal and highly mixable.
93 points $4.99
BOODLES Original London Dry Gin
92 points
$26
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, ginger, and juniper muffin with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of grains of paradise, coriander, and pine. A potent potable with rich mouthfeel and pleasant herbaceousness.
Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin
92 points
$29
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lily, lime leaf, angelica, aniseed, black peppercorns, and cracked juniper with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of coriander. Classic Gin botanicals shine in this easy-to-use tippler; enjoy in any and every Gin cocktail.
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
92 points
$33
Clear color. Aromas of lemon peel, juniper, orris root, earl grey tea, and spearmint with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long coconut and black pepper finish. A lively, somewhat floral Gin that hits every note; perfect for any classic Gin cocktail.
Three Olives Unflavored Vodka
91 points
$24
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of whipped cream, pastry crust, and hints of vanilla and lemon with a supple, crisp, fruity light body and a seamless, medium-length finish with overtones of powdered sugar and minerals. A plush, creamy Vodka with kisses of sweetness.
91 points $24 Best Buy
Fever-Tree Distillers Cola Cocktail Mixer
90 points
$4.99
Bronze color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, carob, brown sugar, licorice, allspice, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish with touches of prune chutney, spiced dates, and hints of chocolate. An upgraded cola for the contemporary drinker.
90 points $4.99
Bulldog Gin
89 points
$28
Gin
Clear color. Fresh aromas of fresh melon, lime, cucumber, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cracked juniper and rose finish. A light and cucumber-inflected Gin that will work in all manner of warm-weather cocktails.
Gin Lane 1751 Royal Strength Gin
89 points
$37
Clear color. Aromas of anisette cookie and almond and caraway herb muffin with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long spicy citrus compote, gingerbread, mixed pepper, and wet stone finish. A balanced and penetrating Gin that will provide a rock solid foundation for rich cocktail creation.
MARY Garden Herbs Low-Alcohol Botanical Blend Spirit
89 points
$29
Minutely hazy steely light green color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of herbal tea, bay leaf, turmeric, rosemary, dried apple, cinnamon, and eucalyptus with a supple, vibrant, bone-dry thin body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish that shows accents of dried bitter orange, spearmint, medicinal dried mushroom, and basil. A uniquely hued, citrus-kissed potpourri of a spirit that will play well in herbal, cold weather cocktails; low-abv lovers need apply.
Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Cocktail Mixer
88 points
$4.99
Light red color. Aromas and flavors of fresh Ruby Red grapefruit peel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish. Pure, all-natural grapefruit flavor shines in this balanced, grown up grapefruit soda.
88 points $4.99