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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.

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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

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$26.96
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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

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$34.70

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
$35.06

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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$36.62
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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

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$32.15
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Elephant Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin

FREE 5CL ELEPHANT GIN - ELEPHANT STRENGTH WITH EVERY PURCHASE*! Elephant Dry Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include some rather unusual but fascinating African ingredients…  More info

Elephant Dry Gin
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$31.95

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
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$33.19

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
$44.66

aGeINg (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company's aGeINg is something that ought to be very intriguing to the inquisitive gin nerd. The gin within the bottle is a wonderful recipe full of classic gin botanicals…  More info

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2
$41.50

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
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$42.89
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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

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$39.43
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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
$54.01

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)
$32.15
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GWYR Rhamanta Gin

70cl, 43%
The Gower Gin Company

The fine folks at The Gower Gin Company were feeling romantic when they came up with this one! Rhamanta Gin includes an array of botanicals such as angelica, pink grapefruit zest, foraged wild fennel…  More info

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$39.43

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
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$30.59

Whitley Neill Platinum Jubilee Gin

70cl, 43%
Whitley Neill

A special edition gin from the folks at Whitley Neill, released to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne between 1952 and 2022! An intriguing selection of…  More info

Whitley Neill Platinum Jubilee Gin
$23.45

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
$24.67

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
$42.90

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
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$22.85
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Crofter's Tears Highland Gin

70cl, 40%
Ice & Fire

A deliciously smooth London dry gin from Ice & Fire distillery, using handpicked local purple heather tips as a key botanical, if you couldn't tell from the theme of the bottle. This is blended with…  More info

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12
$39.46

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)
4
$36.31
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Bog Gin - Kyrö Distillery Company (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Kyrö Distillery Company

Inspired by the bogs of Isokyrö, Finland's Kyrö Distillery Company have created Bog Gin, bottled by That Boutique-y Gin Company! It features Finnish juniper, bog blueberry, lingonberry and reindeer…  More info

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$40.46
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Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company) (70cl)

70cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company didn't just reach for the sky, but the stars with Moonshot Gin! Literally – it's made entirely with botanicals that have been sent to space. Cubeb, fresh lemon peel,…  More info

Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company) (70cl)
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$32.15
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Shivering Mountain Peak District Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Shivering Mountain

Produced in the Peak District National Park, Shivering Mountain is a splendid dry gin boasting a crisp and classic profile. Botanicals include juniper, citrus, angelica root, cardamom and liquorice…  More info

Shivering Mountain Peak District Dry Gin
$39.94

Jensen's Bermondsey Gin

70cl, 43%
Jensen's

Jensen's Bermondsey Gin harks back to the mid-20th century and the quality gins produced before the '80s and '90s, where some say the spirit languished somewhat. This expression is a London dry gin,…  More info

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$30.12

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