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

Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Solera Reserve Barrel Rested Gin
94 points
$52
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cola and ginger ale, toffee, toasted rice and ginger tea, and oily black walnut with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish with accents of cola float and ginger custard. An elegant Barrel-Aged Gin with an appealing interplay of creamy spice, nut and herbal notes.
Highclere Castle Gin
92 points
$39
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper jelly, lemon zest, candied ginger, cinnamon candies, coriander, and peppercorns with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, long finish with suggestions of lemon custard and coriander marmalade. A classic, boldly spiced gin that delivers a versatile flavor profile for all your cocktail needs.
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
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.
Salcombe Rosé Sainte Marie Gin
88 points
$40
Pale pink color. Aromas of geranium, lime, rose petal, and spiced rhubarb compote with a round, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length juniper jelly, rose hip jam, whipped cream, and sugared strawberry finish. A floral, balanced Gin with delicate flavors; try in martinis, gin and tonics, French 75’s and more.