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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.

Gordon's Gin 1.5l

150cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

A gin that needs no introduction. Gordon's is a very popular dry gin first created in 1769 by Alexander Gordon. The recipe is only known by four people, and has been a secret for 200 years.  More info

Gordon's Gin 1.5l
$39.45

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
18
$41.90
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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
4
RRP $38.21
$34.79

Captain Sir Tom's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Otterbeck

The Otterbeck Distillery has teamed up with Captain Sir Tom Moore to create a London dry gin which will raise funds for The Captain Tom Foundation! Moore met the Otterbeck Distillery co-owner Dougie…  More info

Captain Sir Tom's London Dry Gin
7
$41.77

Bombay Sapphire

70cl, 40%
Bombay Sapphire

One of the best known and most delicately perfumed gins in the world, Bombay Sapphire makes an excellent Martini, and is great as a base for a Gin and Tonic.  More info

Bombay Sapphire
25
$27.21

Tanqueray Export Strength 43.1%

70cl, 43.1%
Tanqueray

The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. It boasts a phenomenally fruity, spicy palate with big zesty, citrusy top notes which make this gin the perfect all-rounder.  More info

Tanqueray Export Strength 43.1%
9
$27.42
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Beefeater London Dry Gin 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Beefeater

A magnum bottle of Beefeater. This is a classic London Dry Gin created by James Burroughs in 1820. It is still made to the same recipe. Very flavoursome and spicy.  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin 1.5l
$42.70

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
8
$21.50

Ealing Gin

70cl, 42%
Ealing Distillery

Hailing from West London, it's Ealing Gin! This London Dry gin marries pink peppercorn, chamomile, garden mint, rose and rosemary among other traditional botanicals, with the latter four inspired by…  More info

Ealing Gin
9
$51.26

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)
15
$25.03

Elephant Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin

FREE 5CL ELEPHANT GIN - ELEPHANT STRENGTH WITH EVERY PURCHASE*! Elephant Dry Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include some rather unusual but fascinating African ingredients…  More info

Elephant Dry Gin
26
$36.27

GWYR Gower Gin

70cl, 43%
The Gower Gin Company

A delicious Welsh gin from The Gower Gin Company, made using a combination of eight botanicals - including juniper, lemon, pink grapefruit, bronze fennel and green fennel. A good balance of savoury…  More info

GWYR Gower Gin
20
$45.56

Gordon's Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

An absolute classic dry gin, Gordon's is one of the best selling spirits in the world, and was first created in 1769, and the recipe hasn't changed since! This is a triple-distilled gin flavoured…  More info

Gordon's Gin
9
$21.50

Tanqueray No. Ten 1l

100cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

It’s a one litre bottling of Tanqueray No. 10! The expression was launched in 2000 and is made with whole fresh citrus fruits. Presented in a classic green bottle that looks like it stepped straight…  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten 1l
1
$50.87

Caorunn Small Batch Gin

70cl, 41.8%
Caorunn

A small batch Scottish gin from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside. Caorunn (pronounced ka-roon), made with a combination of traditional and handpicked botanicals including rowan berry, heather,…  More info

Caorunn Small Batch Gin
32
$29.37

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin

70cl, 42%
Portobello Star

This gin was released by the award-winning Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin, so you would expect Portobello Road…  More info

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
19
$30.28

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.

70cl, 57.7%
Sipsmith

All hail the juniper berry! If, like us, you think the juniper berry is a proper champion of the botanical world, then you'll love Sipsmith's V.J.O.P., which is jam packed with the fresh, peppery…  More info

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
6
$43.22

Beefeater London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Beefeater

Beefeater London Dry Gin was first made in 1820 by James Burroughs. It is still, to this day, made to the same recipe. Great in a martini, this is a spiced, fruity gin.  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin
20
$23.21

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 orange…  More info

No.3 Gin
21
$40.48
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Campfire Gin

50cl, 42%
Puddingstone Distillery

What deliciousness do you like to treat yourself to while sat around a campfire? Marshmallows? Sausages? Beans?! Heavens, no! The obvious answer here is gin - Campfire Gin, in particular! Made at the…  More info

Campfire Gin
3
$38.71
$35.29

Whittaker's Gin

70cl, 42%
Whittaker's Gin

Whittaker's Gin is produced by Harrogate Distillery Ltd., a family business run from their North Yorkshire home at Harewell House Farm. Botanicals include juniper, coriander, angelica root,…  More info

Whittaker's Gin
7
$39.86

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
11
$39.60

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.6%
Sipsmith

Produced in the workshop previously used by the late, great Michael Jackson (whisky writer, not Moonwalker), this super-small-batch artisinal Gin is flavoured with restraint, making it easier for the…  More info

Sipsmith London Dry Gin
17
$31.87
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Chocolate Cherry Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Cherry and chocolate is a flavoured combination that sounds spectacular, but really doesn't get wheeled out nearly enough. Luckily, That Boutique-y Gin Company have got a gin that takes advantage of…  More info

Chocolate Cherry Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
5
$34.16

Gordon's Yellow Label - Traveller's Edition

100cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

A Traveller's Edition bottling of Gordon's Yellow Label Gin, with a rather handsomely designed label. Bottled at a higher ABV than your standard Gordon's London Dry Gin, the Yellow Label expression…  More info

Gordon's Yellow Label - Traveller's Edition
6
$40.14

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