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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.

Sixtowns London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Sixtowns

Sixtowns London Dry Gin comes to us from Stoke-on-Trent, a town known for its pottery – and now two brothers, Vitalijs and Alex, are ready to make it known for gin, too. This expression is made using…  More info

Sixtowns London Dry Gin
4
$44.27

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
11
$33.91
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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
$40.72
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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
$38.74

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
$49.82

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
$24.32
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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 $37.13
$33.81

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
$20.89

Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon Gin

70cl, 47%
Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire has gone and created a supremely zesty London dry gin featuring sustainably grown Spanish fino lemons, mandarins, and sweet naval oranges from Murcia! As you might expect, this…  More info

Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon Gin
$38.74

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
$24.32

Oxley Gin

70cl, 47%
Oxley

As enthusiasts of all things science-y, we're big fans of Oxley Gin. It's distilled under vacuum - the distillate boils at -5 degrees Celsius, and re-condenses at -100 Celsius! That sounds like it…  More info

Oxley Gin
7
$38.73

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
$38.74

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
$35.24

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
$41.49

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
10
$19.34

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
$49.43

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
$42

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
$29.92

Marylebone London Dry Gin

70cl, 50.2%
The Pleasure Gardens

Marylebone London Dry Gin is made in London by the Pleasure Gardens Distilling Co., using a combination of botanicals including juniper, lime flower, lemon balm, clove, liquorice, chamomile and…  More info

Marylebone London Dry Gin
8
$38.74

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
$25.44

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
$33.19

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)
$33.19

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
$38.49

The Drunken Horse Gin

50cl, 42%
The Drunken Horse Gin

The Drunken Horse Gin is produced in Belgium with an array of botanicals such as lime, lemongrass, cardamom, coriander, and the rare timult pepper from the mountains of Nepal that brings a vibrant…  More info

The Drunken Horse Gin
1
$54.30

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
$39.34
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