Four bottles of English whiskies in a row

5 English whiskies to try

This category has blossomed in recent years and there’s plenty to explore, from fruity single malts to toffee-tinged grain whiskies

Looking for English whisky to buy? Want to find the best English whisky distilleries? Scottish whisky and Irish whiskey have been popular for many years, but it’s time for English malts and single grains to shine. Here are some to watch out for, tested by our expert drinks writer and editorial team.


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Adnams Triple Malt Whisky, £37.99/70cl,

Made with three different grains – wheat, barley and oats – this full-bodied whisky has an almost dessert-like character, with appealing baking spice, chocolate and coconut notes. Perfect for a post-dinner dram.

Adnams Triple Malt Whisky in pink bottle

The Norfolk Parched Single Grain Whisky, The English Whisky Company, £51.55/50cl,

Jim Murray dubbed this European whisky of the year in the 2018 edition of his famous Whisky Bible and no wonder – an elegant expression with an appealing creaminess, and dangerously smooth and drinkable. Take to a party and sip all night.

The Norfolk Parched Single Grain Whisky, The English Whisky Company

The Lakes Distillery The One Port Cask Finished English Whisky, £47.95/70cl,

Finished for a year in tawny port casks, this rich, full-bodied spirit is subtly smoky and fruity, with a smooth, oily mouthfeel. Essential kit for fireside drinking.

The Lakes Distillery English Whisky

Filey Bay Second Release English Whisky, £52.95/70cl,

The second iteration of Yorkshire’s first-ever single malt is light and clean, with elegant woodiness and sweet vanilla notes. A great entry-level option for novice whisky drinkers.

Filey Bay Yorkshire Whisky

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, £46.95/70cl,

An acclaimed award winner with appealing butterscotch aromas, marmalade-like notes and a lovely rounded texture. Gift to a loved one for maximum brownie points.

Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky