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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.

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

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10
$43.26
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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
RRP $36.05
$29.11
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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
$23.74
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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
22
$31.53
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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
2
$36.28
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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
11
$19.32

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%
3
$66.26
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Edinburgh Gin 1670

70cl, 43%
Edinburgh Gin

A collaborative effort between the Edinburgh Gin folks and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Named after the 1670 Physic Garden, this expression features botanicals that would have been found in the…  More info

Edinburgh Gin 1670
1
$43.22

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
$32.40

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
$29.70
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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
$36.73
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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
$23.74
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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
$29.20
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NB Gin

70cl, 42%
NB Distillery ltd

NB Gin is made in North Berwick, Scotland, by a husband and wife distilling duo using a still which was custom-built in London. The gin itself is made from 100% British grain spirit and 8 carefully…  More info

NB Gin
6
$30.27
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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
$43.26

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
$25.91

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
$17.29

1897 Quinine Gin

70cl, 45.8%
1897 Quinine Gin

1897 Quinine Gin is an exciting, innovative London Dry Gin which has been made using cinchona bark - the natural and traditional source of quinine - as well as cold distilled fresh lemon and…  More info

1897 Quinine Gin
8
$43.22
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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
50
$25.37
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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
13
$43.22

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
11
$30.20
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Pin Gin London Dry

70cl, 40%
Bottomley Distillers

All the way from Lincolnshire comes Pin Gin, a tasty tipple made by Bottomley Distillers. Look out for notes of black pepper, cucumber, rose, lavender, liquorice, cinnamon, almond and a flash of…  More info

Pin Gin London Dry
8
$38.49
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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
12
$22.67
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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%
4
$22.67
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Yuzu Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 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)
1
$23.74

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