About United Kingdom Spirits

About United Kingdom 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
96 points
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of powdered sugared citrus peels, orange vanilla gelato, and spiced cucumber and melon with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish that shows notes of tangerine gelatin candies, spice cake, vanilla oat milk, and pepper. A rich and artfully balanced gin with delicate juniper notes and robust fruit and spice flavors; a great choice for elevating cocktails.
Martin Miller’s Summerful Gin
95 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spiced candied citrus peels, exotic tropical fruits, and herbal lozenge with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of anise creme anglaise and pink peppercorn. A remarkably potent and pleasurable full throttle gin that will be superb in classic cocktails.
Fever-Tree Sparkling Cucumber Cocktail Mixer
95 points
Clear color. Aromas of celery and cucumber with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a warming, engaging, medium-length fresh bitter lemon, gentle, balanced quinine, pressed flowers, and sea salt finish. A fresh, balanced Tonic that’s never too bitter; a lovely salinic lift on the finish keeps us coming back for another sip of this elevated, contemporary tonic.
95 points $4.99
Martin Miller’s Gin
94 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon poppyseed muffin, orange blossom honey, and strawberry passionfruit, and earl grey and chamomile chais with an oily, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish that presents notes of citrus and floral oils, sugar dusted meyer lemon peel, coriander and herbs sprinkled cucumbers, and spiced almond milk. A silky and seamless gin with nuanced fruit and floral tones well suited for sophisticated craft cocktails.
Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Solera Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
94 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cola float, wet oak, wax, and spice cake with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, carefree finish with accents of spiced candied nuts, banana bread, and cedar. A supple and elegant barrel aged gin with a delicious range of well balanced flavors.
New London Light Non Alcoholic Spirit
94 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass, ylang ylang, fresh sugar snap peas, pink grapefruit, and sage with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cucumber, melon rind, and hints of coriander. A springy, fresh-from-the-garden styled spirit alternative that’s clean, bright and stylish.
94 points $34.99
Tiger Gin
93 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of frosted banana raisin bran muffin, spiced nuts, and powdered sugar phyllo cookies with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long finish that exhibits touches of lemon chiffon, spicy fruit salad, pink pepper, and mineral water. A supple gin with well meshed creamy fruit and spice flavors, perfect for summer cocktails.
Cotswolds Dry Gin
93 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bay leaf, cologne, coriander, cracked juniper, lemon peel, spearmint, and sandalwood with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish. A robust gin with a spicy warmth.
93 points $34.99
Highclere Castle London Dry Gin
92 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of anise spice custard, juniper jasmine jelly, lemon and lavender relish, and orange marmalade with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of spiced melon, orange chiffon, and powdered sugar and nutmeg. A dainty, creamy gin with a pinpoint flavor and balance for a variety of applications.
Cotswolds Founders Choice Single Malt Whisky
92 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coated toffee, sandalwood, raisins, honey-roasted nuts, and tobacco with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a long finish manifesting accents of olives, parmesan, rooibos tea, and leather finish. An oaky, spicy single malt with flashy notes of dried fruit, nuts, and leather.
92 points $79.99