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London Dry Gin

It’s hard to think of a city people associate with gin more than London. Many know of the ‘Gin Craze’ that occured in the first half of the 18th century, others regard England’s capital to be both the birthplace and mecca of juniper-based joy and anyone who has even a cursory knowledge of gin will have surely heard of the classification: London dry gin.

However, there are plenty who are unaware of what the definition of London dry gin actually is, and how much strict legislation is in place to protect its authentic classification. To understand both these aspects, we have to start at the beginning.

For much of its early history gin was generally made so crudely that botanicals with sweetening properties, or sometimes even the addition of sugar or honey post distillation, were necessary to make it palatable. However, when the Coffey still was introduced in 1832, distillers were able to obtain a consistent neutral spirit that could be made into an unsweetened gin of quality.

This new style quickly gained popularity and was dubbed ‘dry gin’. Before long the term ‘London dry gin’ began to be used, as most producers were based in London.

It’s modern definition is much more rigid, and is a quality designation. London dry gin doesn’t have to be made in London, in fact it doesn’t even have to be made in England. A series of EU regulations put in place in February 2008 instead dictate that a London dry gin must be made with base spirit that was agriquality sourced and distilled to a completely neutral spirit of 96% ABV, before it is distilled again to at least 70% ABV.

Furthermore, the minimum strength it can be watered down to is 37.5% ABV and no artificial ingredients can be added. London dry gin regulation also states that only a tiny amount of sweetener is permitted and no flavour or colour is to be added after distillation. The legislation dictates that the predominant flavour must be juniper berries and any additional flavors must be sourced through the distillation of ‘natural plant materials’. Post distillation, only water and a trivial quantity of sugar are allowed.

The term London Dry is ultimately a slightly complex but useful distinction. In the variable, experimental world of gin, having a regulated category does not prohibit innovation, but instead acts as a context that consumers can rely upon to guarantee that they are receiving a spirit with the profile and character they enjoy.

Opihr Gin Arabian Edition

70cl, 43%
Opihr Gin

Opihr Gin Arabian Edition comes from a series of expressions inspired by ancient trade routes, where spices were sold by merchants across the globe. This expression pairs the Opihr recipe with a…  More info

Opihr Gin Arabian Edition
1
$29.09

Salcombe Gin - Start Point

70cl, 44%
Salcombe

Salcombe Gin is produced in a 450 litre Arnold Holstein still charmingly named Provident, and made with thirteen botanicals including Macedonian juniper, fresh lemon, lime and red grapefruit peels,…  More info

Salcombe Gin - Start Point
11
$45.07
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Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Tanqueray No. Ten

3cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

Give your Christmas tree a hearty helping of wonderful juniper tastiness with Drinks by the Dram's Gin Baubles. This is a single plastic bauble containing a wax-sealed 30ml sample dram of Tanqueray…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Tanqueray No. Ten
$5.39

Opihr Gin Far East Edition

70cl, 43%
Opihr Gin

This spicy expression comes from Opihr Gin's Regional Edition series, which pairs its original recipe with flavours inspired by the spice trade routes of yesteryear. Opihr Gin Far East Edition…  More info

Opihr Gin Far East Edition
$29.09

East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
East London Liquor Company

The signature gin from the East London Liquor Company, a distillery based in Bow Wharf (right near Victoria Park, for those of you that know the area). This London Dry Gin is made with 100% British…  More info

East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin
11
$23.69

Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46.6%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

A gin made solely with botanicals that have been sent to space? Yeah, go on then! Juniper, coriander, cubeb pepper, fresh lemon peel, chamomile flowers, cardamom, dried bitter orange peel, cinnamon,…  More info

Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
9
$23.69
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Elephant Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin

Elephant Dry Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include some rather unusual but fascinating African ingredients like Baobab, the Buchu plant, Devil's Claw and African Wormwood. With…  More info

Elephant Dry Gin
23
$31.47

Fifty Pounds Gin

70cl, 43.5%
Thames Distillers

This is fifty... Fifty Pounds gin is distilled in small quantities, and in single batches. The name comes from the time of George II and the 1736 Gin Act, when a 50 pound tax was levied on those…  More info

Fifty Pounds Gin
5
$30
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Sabatini Gin

70cl, 41.3%
Sabatini

Sabatini Gin exudes Tuscan style from all angles, with its selection of nine botanicals from Italy (including olive leaves, sage, fennel, orris, lemon verbena, juniper, coriander, thyme and lavender)…  More info

Sabatini Gin
3
$36.21

Little Bird London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.6%
Little Bird

Little Bird is made using 10 carefully selected botanicals, resulting in a well rounded, citrus-forward London Dry Gin that goes just splendidly in a classic G&T and other bright, gin-based…  More info

Little Bird London Dry Gin
9
$32.33

Kew Organic Gin

70cl, 46%
The London Distillery Company

An organic gin that's the result of a partnership between The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the makers of the rather tasty Dodd's Gin (The London Distillery Company). Foraged seasonal flora from…  More info

Kew Organic Gin
8
$29.68

Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

70cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

The richness of chocolate makes a great partner to the vibrant zestiness of orange, and the herbaceous deliciousness of gin blends brilliantly with the both of them to create... That Boutique-y Gin…  More info

Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$32.33

Strane London Dry Gin - Uncut Strength - 76%

50cl, 76%
Strane

This is the Strane London Dry Gin Uncut Strength - a particularly intense Swedish gin which has been bottled at an eye-watering 76% ABV. Made with the same botanical selection as their classic…  More info

Strane London Dry Gin - Uncut Strength - 76%
4
$66.12

Opihr Gin European Edition

70cl, 43%
Opihr Gin

One of three Regional Edition expressions from the Opihr Gin range, which were inspired by the merchants who would travel ancient trade routes selling various spices. This one is the European…  More info

Opihr Gin European Edition
$29.09

Bombay Sapphire English Estate

70cl, 41%
Bombay Sapphire

It's the very first limited edition release of Bombay Sapphire - English Estate! The aim of this expression is to capture the essence of the hills and hedgerows that surround the Bombay Sapphire…  More info

Bombay Sapphire English Estate
2
$25.86

No.3 Gin

70cl, 46%
Berry Brothers and Rudd

A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. Made to a special recipe, the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. With juniper at its heart, it's also made with three…  More info

No.3 Gin
13
$36.65
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Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin

70cl, 42%
Masons

A London Dry Gin from God's Own County! Masons use Harrogate spring water for their gins along with juniper, a proportion of which is from their own bushes, and a combination of secret botanicals…  More info

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin
32
$32.88

Tanqueray No. Ten

70cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

Introduced in 2000, Tanqueray No. Ten is named after the still of its origin, pot still number 10, which is quite endearingly nicknamed Tiny Ten. The small batch gin is crafted using whole fresh…  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten
7
$34.55
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Swedish Rose Gin - Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46.2%
Hernö

The best London Dry Gin in the world? That's what the IWSC thought, awarding it The London Dry Gin Trophy for 2017! An independent bottling of fantastic Hernö from That Boutique-y Gin Company! The…  More info

Swedish Rose Gin - Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
4
$40.97
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Larios Ginebra Mediterránea

70cl, 37.5%
Larios

Larios Dry Gin, now renamed Larios Ginebra Mediterránea, with its handsome new packaging aimed at a new generation in the Mediterranean where gin is thriving. The best selling gin in Spain, the…  More info

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea
6
$17.27

Silver Fox Gin

70cl, 40%
Silver Fox

Silver Fox Gin was created using a combination of 8 carefully selection botanicals, including juniper, cassia, coriander, orange, lemon, orris, angelica and liquorice. The spirit itself was distilled…  More info

Silver Fox Gin
5
$32.33
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Crofter's Tears Highland Gin

70cl, 40%
Ice & Fire

A deliciously smooth London dry gin from Ice & Fire distillery, using handpicked local purple heather tips as a key botanical, if you couldn't tell from the theme of the bottle. This is blended with…  More info

Crofter's Tears Highland Gin
6
$41.01

Bombay Sapphire East

70cl, 42%
Bombay Sapphire

"A twist on a classic" is an overused phrase, but is surely appropriate here. This edition of one of the most popular London Dry Gins in the world uses the ten classic Bombay Sapphire botanicals plus…  More info

Bombay Sapphire East
1
$35.57
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Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

70cl, 40%
Opihr Gin

A London Dry Gin made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian Cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin,…  More info

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
57
$25.31

Crafty Fox London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Harrison Distillery

Hand-crafted in Huddersfield, Crafty Fox London Dry Gin was born out of dire circumstances. Creator Simon Harrison started the gin business on the day he was made redundant, but it's only been up…  More info

Crafty Fox London Dry Gin
3
$43.18

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