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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.

Swedish Rose Gin - Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46.2%
Hernö

The best London Dry Gin in the world? That's what the IWSC thought, awarding it The London Dry Gin Trophy for 2017! An independent bottling of fantastic Hernö from That Boutique-y Gin Company! The…  More info

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$40.55
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Salt Marsh Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Greensand Ridge

Greensand Ridge have created another smashing gin for That Boutique-y Gin Company - this time taking inspiration from the salt marshes of Whitstable. A flavoursome, subtly savoury gin, featuring…  More info

Salt Marsh Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
3
$37.35
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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
$32

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)
10
$23.45
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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
12
$42.68
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Opihr Gin Arabian Edition

70cl, 43%
Opihr Gin

Opihr Gin Arabian Edition comes from a series of expressions inspired by ancient trade routes, where spices were sold by merchants across the globe. This expression pairs the Opihr recipe with a…  More info

Opihr Gin Arabian Edition
1
$28.80

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
10
$32

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
$17.09

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
11
$23.45

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
15
$24.73
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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
3
$25.59

Opihr Gin Far East Edition

70cl, 43%
Opihr Gin

This spicy expression comes from Opihr Gin's Regional Edition series, which pairs its original recipe with flavours inspired by the spice trade routes of yesteryear. Opihr Gin Far East Edition…  More info

Opihr Gin Far East Edition
$28.80

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
27
$28.84

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
7
$34.19
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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
23
$31.14
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Ramsbury Gin

70cl, 40%
Ramsbury Estates

Ramsbury Gin is a classic London dry gin that aims to capturing the local landscape in a bottle and apply a modern twist. The spirit is distilled in a copper still using Horatio wheat, grown on…  More info

Ramsbury Gin
3
$34.46
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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)
$32
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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
6
$15.98
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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

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4
$65.44
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Louche Lemon Decadence Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Louche Lemon Decadence Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company features a punchy combo of Amalfi and Sorrento lemon peels at its heart. This tasty rascal is brimming with essential oil from…  More info

Louche Lemon Decadence Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
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$32
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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
$24.53
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Highclere Castle London Dry Gin

70cl, 43.5%
Highclere Castle

A London Dry gin from Highclere Castle (which you may recognise from Downton Abbey!), produced in what is said to be England's oldest gin distillery, with stills dating back to the 1800s. Juniper has…  More info

Highclere Castle London Dry Gin
1
$40.55

Downton Distillery Explorer's Gin

70cl, 44%
Downtown Distillery

Downton Distillery can be found in a barn nearby Downton Manor. For Explorer's Gin, botanicals are both macerated and vapour infused. Among pink pepper, bay leaf and Sichuan pepper, the star…  More info

Downton Distillery Explorer's Gin
5
$42.68

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
$38.41

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
$23.45
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