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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.

Greater Than Gin

70cl, 40%
Greater Than

Greater Than London Dry gin is made in Goa, India by the folks over at Nao Spirits, who aptly chose the '>' symbol to whack on the front of the bottle. It takes coriander seeds, fennel, chamomile,…  More info

Greater Than Gin
3
$26.26
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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
$34.46

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
$45.48

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
26
$29.43

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
19
$35.41
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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
$41.66

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
$37.69

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
14
$28.33
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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
9
$32.33

Broker's Gin (47%)

70cl, 47%
Broker's

The higher strength edition of Broker's Gin weighs in at 47% ABV, and with it comes a creamy mouth feel and a boost in botanical character. It still maintains the powerful dryness, slightly herbal,…  More info

Broker's Gin (47%)
7
$24.03

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
$49.57

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
$33.80

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
$44.97

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
$20.23

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
$36.36

The River Test Distillery London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
The River Test

From The River Test Distillery over in Hampshire comes this London Dry Gin! The distillery is set on the banks of the River Test, hence the name, and the gin is infused with handpicked meadowsweet…  More info

The River Test Distillery London Dry Gin
3
$35

Etsu Double Yuzu Japanese Gin

70cl, 43%
Etsu

This delightful gin from Japan is produced with a whole host of botanicals, which are treated to seven days of maceration before distillation. Sweet and tangy Japanese yuzu fruit is joined by the…  More info

Etsu Double Yuzu Japanese Gin
$49.07

Fishers Gin

70cl, 44%
Fishers Gin

A 70cl bottling of Fishers Gin, which is heavily inspired by the glory of coastal flavours. For example, alongside classic gin botanicals like juniper, cardamom and citrus, you'll find spignel, rock…  More info

Fishers Gin
4
$41.78
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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
2
$33.90

Hooting Owl North Yorkshire Gin

70cl, 42%
Hooting Owl

The love for Yorkshire that the Hooting Owl Distillery has is clear from how it has made not one, not two, not three, but four gins inspired by the county! The North Yorkshire Gin is inspired by the…  More info

Hooting Owl North Yorkshire Gin
1
$37.93

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)
$31.31
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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
10
$35.37

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
33
$25.24

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

Swedish Rose Gin - Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
4
$38.40
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Hastings Smugglers Gin

70cl, 47%
Haswell & Hastings

A London Dry Gin made with juniper, angelica, coriander, savory, lemon peel, grains of paradise, bitter orange peel, sweet orange peel and liquorice root. Creater Julian Haswell set out to make a…  More info

Hastings Smugglers Gin
4
$35.16

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