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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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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

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Fishers Gin

50cl, 44%
Fishers Gin

London dry gin from the Suffolk coast, made with a barley base alongside classic gin botanicals (juniper, cardamom, orange and lemon peels) as well as some not-so-classic botanicals - spignel, rock…  More info

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$42.81
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The East India Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
The East India Company

You may know the East India Company more for its long history and extensive selection of teas, but now it's exploring a different delicious drink - gin! The East India Company's very own London Dry…  More info

The East India Company London Dry Gin
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$37.44
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Sipsmith V.J.O.P.

70cl, 57.7%
Sipsmith

All hail the juniper berry! If, like us, you think the juniper berry is a proper champion of the botanical world, then you'll love Sipsmith's V.J.O.P., which is jam packed with the fresh, peppery…  More info

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
6
$43.44
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Gordon's Yellow Label - Traveller's Edition

100cl, 47.3%
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

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$35.09

Red Door Gin

70cl, 45%
Red Door Gin

Made in the fabulous Benromach distillery, Red Door Gin is a small-batch, handcrafted London Dry style gin. The botanical selection was inspired by Scotland’s mountains, forests and coastal fringes,…  More info

Red Door Gin
$33.39

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

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4
$36.38
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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
$30.54
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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

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1
$42.81

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin

70cl, 42%
Portobello Star

This gin was released by the award-wining 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 No.…  More info

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
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$26.08
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Newton House Gin

70cl, 43.2%
Newton House

London Dry Gin from Somerset's Newton House. Created by Robin and Jane Cannon, Newton House Gin's recipe was crafted in a 10 litre still called Hermione, though now production takes place in its big…  More info

Newton House Gin
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$38.40
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Copperfield London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
The Surrey Copper Distillery

Copperfield London Dry Gin is produced by the Surrey Copper Distillery, based on a recipe first published all the way back in 1757 by Ambrose Cooper. The recipe calls for a selection of 10…  More info

Copperfield London Dry Gin
4
$44.95

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 in the Weald. A flavoursome, subtly savoury gin,…  More info

Salt Marsh Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$37.44
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Oxley Gin

70cl, 47%
Oxley

As enthusiasts of all things science-y, we're big fans of Oxley Gin. It's distilled under vacuum - the distillate boils at -5 degrees Celsius, and re-condenses at -100 Celsius! That sounds like it…  More info

Oxley Gin
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$40.99

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
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$42.81

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (70cl)

70cl, 44%
Warner Edwards

Produced on the Falls Farm in Northamptonshire by Warner Edwards, Harrington Dry is a delicious gin. It's based on barley spirit which is flavoured with eleven botanicals sourced from farms in Wales…  More info

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (70cl)
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$34.76
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Foxdenton London Dry Gin 48%

70cl, 48%
Foxdenton Estate

A super creamy gin from Foxdenton Estate, this is made with organic botanicals. Various batches were tried until perfection was reached, each time the batches would be based on Coriander and,…  More info

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$32.09
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Mary Rose Gin

50cl, 42%
Mary Rose

Mary Rose Gin from the HMS Spirits Company is a London Dry Gin that prominently features floral wafts of rosemary and punchy grapefruit among its botanical selection. Stands up well to all manner of…  More info

Mary Rose Gin
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$42.28
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Mombasa Club London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.5%
Mombasa

Mombasa Club London Dry Gin tales its name from a private social club founded in 1885, whom imported gin from England to the island of Zanzibar for their members to enjoy. Mombasa Club London Dry Gin…  More info

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$38.47
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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
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$34.29
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Bloom Gin

70cl, 40%
Bloom Gin

Bloom Gin is a superb London Dry Gin produced by Greenall's and named "Bloom" in reference to the floral nature of its botanicals: honeysuckle, pomelo and chamomile. In 2010 it was awarded a Platinum…  More info

Bloom Gin
21
$26.77
$26.26
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Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Royal Strength Gin

70cl, 47%
Gin Lane 1751

A higher-strength variant of the Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin, made with 8 botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, lemon, orange, cassia bark and star anise. With an ABV of 47%,…  More info

Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Royal Strength Gin
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$26.08
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Castle Gin

70cl, 44%
Castle Gin

Castle Gin is inspired by the Staffordshire moors, with many of the botanicals used found in the surrounding areas (as well as directly in the distiller's garden!). The bottle design takes…  More info

Castle Gin
2
$60.11

Broker's Gin (47%)

70cl, 47%
Brokers

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%)
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$25.11
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NEAT London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
NEAT

NEAT is a London dry gin that has been based around 15th Century recipe - however, the recipe only listed botanicals, not quantities! After plenty of experimentation, the list of eleven botanicals…  More info

NEAT London Dry Gin
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$42.81
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