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 Aged Gin
93 points
$52.99
Gold color. Aromas of animal crackers, sweet almond pastry, baklava, thyme, honey, and gentle hint of juniper with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long sweet butter-pecan cheesecake, lemon custard, and frosted doughnut finish. A creamy, pillowy Barrel-Aged Gin; a unique oaked spirit for distinctive cocktail play.
93 points $52.99
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
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
91 points
$54.99
Gold color. Aromas of ginger peach tea, pepsi, saddle soaped saddle, hay, dried figs and dates, alfalfa, and chocolate ovaltine with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long dark browned biscuits and coconut, lemon oil, spiced lime leaf tea, salami, and fennel finish. A distinctive, rich whiskey with a wild edge.
91 points $54.99
City of London Square Mile Gin
90 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pine, bison grass, and lemon balm with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of peppercorns and fresh cut herbs finish. A nicely spicy and herbal gin with a super-fresh quality.
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.
Greenall’s London Dry Gin
88 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper, cracked green peppercorn, orris root, coriander, dill, and orange sherbet with a soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish. An easy-drinking gin that hits all the herbal notes; will work in all the classics.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bloom Jasmine & Rose Gin
88 points
$34.99
Pale pink color. Perfumed aromas of luxury bath powder, dill, rose water, wisteria, lemon scone, and nasturtium with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length rose jam, crushed juniper, salt, and and pepper finish. A hyper-floral gin that will make for lots of fun twists on the classics.
88 points $34.99
BULLDOG Gin
87 points
$24.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried juniper, morning dew, lavender, and lemon bars with a crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with touches of violet and cream finish. A mild-tempered gin with a gentle spice and soft citrus.
87 points $24.99