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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.

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
6
$42.13

Bombay Sapphire Sunset

70cl, 43%
Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire has followed up its English Estate with a marvellous special edition London dry gin inspired by delicate warmth and golden orange glow of the setting sun – appropriately titled Bombay…  More info

Bombay Sapphire Sunset
$28.07

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
10
$33.93
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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
7
$18.74

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
$25.72
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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
16
$32.75
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East London Liquor Co. Gin

70cl, 40%
East London Liquor Company

The fantastic East London Liquor Co.'s very own London dry gin is gloriously creamy and wonderfully flavoursome, plus it works excellently in all sorts of cocktails and mixed drinks. We're rather…  More info

East London Liquor Co. Gin
1
$25.72

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
$44

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
18
$19.15

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
$30.18
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London Hill Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
London Hill

A premium gin which was awarded Golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competitions in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The judges described it as "the epitome of London Dry Gin".  More info

London Hill Dry Gin
6
$17.58

South Bank London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Southbank

A London Dry Gin named for the Southbank. This is great value for money, and is intended as a mixing product.  More info

South Bank London Dry Gin
4
$15.68

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
$40.82
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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
$39.26
$35.74

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
25
$32.52

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
22
$24.55

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
$36.21

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
5
$25.72

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
18
$27.13

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
$40.96

Yuzu Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

70cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

A marvellously citrus-forward London dry gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company, featuring the delicious yuzu fruit! Cultivated widely in Japan and Korea, the yuzu looks a bit like a grapefruit (though…  More info

Yuzu Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$35.10
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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
$49.51

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
$21.63

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
$41.24

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
4
$35.08

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