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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.

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
1
$25.42

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
10
$44.31
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Little Bird London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.6%
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
8
$31.79

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
22
$30.94
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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
10
$23.30
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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
$23.30
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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
$29.18
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Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company combines the richness of chocolate, the refreshing qualities of oranges and the deliciousness of gin to form something terrific - Chocolate Orange Gin! Bitter orange peels…  More info

Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
5
$23.30
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Nicholson London Dry

70cl, 40.3%
J. & W. Nicholson

The Nicholson name carries a great amount of history in the gin world - the family has been producing gin since 1736! Their London dry gin is made with a family recipe of ten botanicals that dates…  More info

Nicholson London Dry
6
$34.57
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Portobello Road No. 171 Gin

70cl, 42%
Portobello Star

This gin was released by the award-wining 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 No.…  More info

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
14
$24.57
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Jensen's Bermondsey Gin

70cl, 43%
Jensen's

A gin distilled in the style of London gins of old. Bermondsey gin makes a superb martini, with a rich, tangy flavour and incredible nose.  More info

Jensen's Bermondsey Gin
4
$28.06
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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
6
$33.97
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Bullards Norwich City FC Celebration Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Bullards

Football and gin isn't a combination that immediately springs to mind, though that's all changing with Norwich City FC Celebration Gin from Bullards! The tipple was created to celebrate Norwich…  More info

Bullards Norwich City FC Celebration Gin
$53.01

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
7
$48.77
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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
$65.01
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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
12
$29.63
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York Gin

70cl, 42.5%
York Gin

London dry gin all the way from York, created with a love of gin and history in mind. York Gin features a selection of nine botanicals, all of which would have been available in the 18th century via…  More info

York Gin
11
$38.16

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
2
$35.60
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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
$34.80
$29.50
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Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set

70cl, 43.5%
Thames Distillers

A lovely gift set of Fifty Pounds Gin with two glasses. We're positive that giving someone a gift set with two glasses means they pretty much have to pour you at least one drink. Win/win!  More info

Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set
$39.26

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
$42.13
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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
31
$32.33
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3 Pugs London Dry Gin

50cl, 42%
3 Pugs

Pugs. They're wonderful. This is known. Gin is also wonderful. This is also known. Husband and wife duo Christine and Stephen Ditchfield have gone and united those two wonderful things together to…  More info

3 Pugs London Dry Gin
2
$38.20
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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
26
$28.65
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Newton House Gin

70cl, 43.2%
Newton House

London Dry Gin from Somerset's Newton House. Created by Robin and Jane Cannon, Newton House Gin's recipe was crafted in a 10 litre still called Hermione, though now production takes place in its big…  More info

Newton House Gin
3
$38.03
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