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City of London Distillery

In the aftermath of the Gin Craze, very few gin distilleries survived in London, and for nearly 200 years there wasn’t a single gin distillery in the City itself. That was until the City of London Distillery opened on 20th December 2012, inside Jonathan Clark’s cocktail bar in Bride Lane. Clark was determined to bring gin distillation back to the capital, but having never been a distiller himself, he enlisted the help of Jamie Baxter to help install the stills, get the site running and to create the gin’s profile.

A knowledgeable and talented master distiller involved in the early days of Chase Distillery, Baxter soon left after he felt his job was done. However, he wasn’t the last master distiller Clark reached out to. The City of London Distillery has benefited from the teachings of Desmond Payne of Beefeater, Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillery and Tom Nichol of Tanqueray (see City of London Christopher Wren Gin) who mentored Clark as he would take each of them out for lunch regularly and ask their opinion of his latest effort.

The process Clark eventually settled on required distilling his gins in three copper pot stills affectionately called ‘The Three Girls’. Modern versions of the Caterhead still, the distillery started with two, named ‘Clarissa’ and ‘Jennifer’ (although they were often referred to as the two fat ladies), before the third, much bigger still, ‘Elizabeth*’, arrived in 2017, increasing the distillery's capacity from 240 litres to to 450 litres.

The three stills also serve as a spectacular display for those who enter the cocktail bar, framed in a glass case. This not only provides a memorable setting to enjoy a G&T in, but also gives consumers the chance to witness the process of gin being made and educate themselves on the production and craft of distillation.

The aesthetic of the brand is very much influenced by the City of London, as well it might, and each bottle is shaped in reference to St Paul’s Cathedral. This choice is savvy because its effect is twofold: first, it reinforces the provenance that COLD take so much pride in, and second, it makes the gin stand apart on supermarket shelves and back bars.

After what some had deemed a slow and perhaps controversial start,The City of London Distillery has begun to really enter its stride. 2017 has proved to be a huge year for the brand, not only did it agree a joint-venture with Halewood International Ltd to expand distribution into bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels and retail outlets across the UK and abroad, it also had a hugely successful award season.

The aforementioned Christopher Wren Gin earned the coveted Gold Award at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, the Sloe Gin won a Gin Masters Award (better than gold) at the Spirits Business Competition and the distillery picked up an incredible three Double-Gold Awards at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition – for its London Dry, Square Mile and Old Tom gins.

*Named after the Queen, who turned 90 the year C.O.L.D acquired her**.

**Her meaning the still, not Her Majesty.

City of London Christopher Wren Gin

70cl, 45.3%

A special edition from the City of London Distillery, created in collaboration with Tom Nichol, the retiring Tanqueray Master Distiller. The gin uses juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and…  More info

City of London Christopher Wren Gin
$46.03
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City Of London Sloe Gin

70cl, 28%

From the City of London Distillery (I'm sure you can figure out where it's located) comes a deeply enjoyable Sloe Gin! Looks out for tonnes of classic, juicy, full-bodied berry notes, complimented by…  More info

City Of London Sloe Gin
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$35.05

City of London Old Tom Gin

70cl, 43.3%

An Old Tom (a tradional, slightly sweetened style of gin) from the City of London distillery in the heart of the City of London in London! Made in batches of just 200 bottles and packaged in their St…  More info

City of London Old Tom Gin
$41.09
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City of London Square Mile Gin

70cl, 47.3%

A big, bold one-shot London dry gin from the City of London Distillery, made with a selection of botanicals which include juniper, angelica, coriander, fresh orange & lemon, liquorice and orris root,…  More info

City of London Square Mile Gin
$49.32
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City of London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.3%

The City of London Distillery situated in the heart of the City of London. This fantastic gin is made from a citrus forward selection of botanicals including: juniper, coriander seed, angelica root,…  More info

City of London Dry Gin
$37.30
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Square Mile London Dry Gin 47%

70cl, 47%

Square Mile Gin is produced by the City of London Distillery, nestled right in the heart of the City of London (of course). To make it, the distillers use juniper, coriander seed, angelica,…  More info

Square Mile London Dry Gin 47%

City of London Dry Gin 40%

70cl, 40%

The City of London Distillery is a new distillery situated in the heart of the City of London. This fantastic new gin is made from a citrus forward selection of botanicals including: juniper,…  More info

City of London Dry Gin 40%

City Of London Sloe Gin (Old Bottling)

70cl, 28%

In the City of London lies a distillery: the City of London Distillery! And that's where this rather lovely Sloe Gin was made.  More info

City Of London Sloe Gin (Old Bottling)

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