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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.

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
$49.44

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
7
$23.20

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
$36.26

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
$29.01

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

aGeINg (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
2
$40.31

GWYR Bara Brith Gin

50cl, 43%
The Gower Gin Company

Inspired by the traditional Welsh tea bread, the folks at The Gower Gin Company have come up with Bara Brith Gin! Inspired by a family recipe, this includes tea-soaked fruits, citrus, and spice for a…  More info

GWYR Bara Brith Gin
$29.18

Stockport Gin

70cl, 40%
Stockport Gin

Stockport Gin hails from, yep, you guessed it, Stockport! The distillery combines eight botanicals - including its signature botanical, locally sourced pine from Etherow Country Park - in a copper…  More info

Stockport Gin
2
$38.30

Blast Furnace No.5 London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Blast Furnace No.5

Blast Furnace No.5 London Dry Gin has been inspired by the steel industry in South Wales that has endured for generations. A classically-styled expression, with big helpings of juniper complemented…  More info

Blast Furnace No.5 London Dry Gin
$43.04

Hawkridge London Dry Gin - Victorian Aphrodisiac Blend

70cl, 42%
Hawkridge

The folks at Hawkridge like to take inspiration from the Victorian era and the meanings of different flowers when selecting botanicals, and this gin certainly boasts a deliciously floral profile. The…  More info

Hawkridge London Dry Gin - Victorian Aphrodisiac Blend
$40.31

Bristol Distilling Co. Gin 77

70cl, 40%
Bristol Distilling Co.

The flagship gin from the Bristol Distilling Co. is perhaps one of the team’s most conventional spirits, being a 40% ABV London Dry Gin. But don’t let that fool you. It’s a classic recipe, but one…  More info

Bristol Distilling Co. Gin 77
$25.22

Mojito Gin - Conker Spirit (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Conker Spirit

The Mojito cocktail is a staple of summer drinking, but you know what the Mojito doesn't involve? Gin. This is a shame. Gin is nice. However, those clever Conker Spirit folks down in Dorset along…  More info

Mojito Gin - Conker Spirit (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
5
$31.23

Origin - Arezzo, Italy

70cl, 46%
Origin

Origin is the name of a superb range of gins which are cold-distilled from nothing but juniper sourced from a single estate. The series showcases the effects of terroir and offers the modern gin…  More info

Origin - Arezzo, Italy
4
$36.28

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
$20.17

Downton Distillery Explorer's Gin

70cl, 44%
Downtown Distillery

Downton Distillery can be found on the Wiltshire Downs overlooking Downton and the River Avon. For Explorer's Gin, botanicals are both macerated and vapour infused. Among pink pepper, bay leaf and…  More info

Downton Distillery Explorer's Gin
27
$45.40

Black Powder Sidelock London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Black Powder Gin

From the Black Powder Gin folks in Lancashire comes Sidelock London Dry Gin, which features a bustling selection of 28 botanicals. This includes the likes of chamomile, grains of paradise, hibiscus,…  More info

Black Powder Sidelock London Dry Gin
$36.28

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

GWYR Rhamanta Gin
$38.30

Bombay Sapphire

70cl, 40%
Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire is distilled in England and is made with a base of neutral spirits that are distilled from wheat and malt. The gin is then flavoured with a blend of ten botanical ingredients,…  More info

Bombay Sapphire
25
$22.19
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Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Gilpin's

A super-premium London Dry Gin, made in London in pot stills, using spring water from Cartmel in the Lake District, it is made with a variety of botanicals, including the quintessential juniper, and…  More info

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
3
$37.63
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Abingdon London Dry Gin

50cl, 40%
Abingdon

Hailing from Oxford, Abingdon Gin is the brainchild of a couple distilling duo, marrying cardamom and fennel alongside other traditional botanicals. Whack this one in a G&T with a good wedge of pink…  More info

Abingdon London Dry Gin
2
$32.24

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
$32.23

Hello Sailor! London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Hello Sailor!

Dressed up in stripes, it's the nautical-themed Hello Sailor! London Dry Gin. This expression is packed with traditional botanicals, with juniper, Seville orange, coriander and cassia leading the…  More info

Hello Sailor! London Dry Gin
4
$34.06

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.6%
Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd have enlisted the help of Charles Maxwell to recreate a gin produced by the wine and spirits merchants many moons ago. One bottle of the gin remains, which they have dated back to…  More info

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin
$30.22

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)
1
$31.23
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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
$33.91

John Robert’s Botanic Request London Dry Gin

70cl, 41%
John Robert's Botanic Request

A marvellous London dry gin here, produced with an array of eleven classic botanicals, including the likes of black tea, lemon peel, cassia, and liquorice root, to name a few! The delicate botanicals…  More info

John Robert’s Botanic Request London Dry Gin
9
$30.26

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