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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.

No.3 Gin

70cl, 46%
Berry Brothers and Rudd

A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. Made to a special recipe, the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. With juniper at its heart, it's also made with three…  More info

No.3 Gin
10
$36.46

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
2
$39.61

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
10
$24.26

Tanqueray Export Strength 43.1%

70cl, 43.1%
Tanqueray

The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. It boasts a phenomenally fruity, spicy palate with big zesty, citrusy top notes which make this gin the perfect all-rounder.  More info

Tanqueray Export Strength 43.1%
3
$24.46

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)
15
$35.85

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

Fishers Gin
1
$44.16

Pink 47 Gin

70cl, 47%
Old St Andrews

Pink 47 is a fine London Dry gin made from Italian juniper berries. It includes some exotic botanicals too with two different types of angelica and two different corianders. Lavish. There's also…  More info

Pink 47 Gin
1
$25.22

Tanqueray No. Ten

70cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

An incredible small batch London dry gin made in pot still number 10. Tanqueray Number 10 is citrussy and full bodied.  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten
5
$33.64

Far Reaches Gin

70cl, 41.3%
Far Reaches

Far Reaches Gin is made by a husband and wife duo who seemingly couldn't quite decide if they wanted to be gin makers or adventurers - so they chose both! Inspired by their globe-trotting escapades,…  More info

Far Reaches Gin
$39.61

Jensen Bermondsey Gin

70cl, 43%
Jensen's

A gin distilled in the style of London gins of old. Bermondsey gin makes a superb martini, with a rich, tangy flavour and incredible nose.  More info

Jensen Bermondsey Gin
2
$29.22

Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Greensand Ridge

A London Dry Gin from the Greensand Ridge Distillery just outside Shipbourne (only a short jaunt north from MoM Towers!), made using a selection of eight botanicals that grow within a mile of the…  More info

Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin
4
$38.63

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

70cl, 40%
Opihr Gin

A London Dry Gin made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian Cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin,…  More info

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
40
$26.34

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
$35.31

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
$31.50

Sacred Gin

70cl, 40%
Sacred Spirits Company

Sacred Gin is a hand made gin produced in small batches in London by Ian Hart. It is made with citrus, juniper, cardamom, nutmeg and Hougari frankincense as well as 7 other botanicals. In 2009 it was…  More info

Sacred Gin
8
$34.63

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.
5
$44.81

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
5
$48.08

3 Pugs London Dry Gin

50cl, 42%
3 Pugs

Pugs. They're wonderful. This is known. Gin is also wonderful. This is also known. Husband and wife duo Christine and Stephen Ditchfield have gone and united those two wonderful things together to…  More info

3 Pugs London Dry Gin
1
$40.48

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper

50cl, 59.8%
Crossbill Highland Distillery

Crossbill distillery, at the time of writing, is the only gin producer in Britain that enjoys access to fresh juniper for their spirits literally at their door. On discovering that one of their…  More info

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper
3
$93.90

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)
$38.63

Chocolate Cherry Gin - McQueen (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 42%
McQueen

Vicky and Dale McQueen have something of a history when it comes to creating gins with flavours you never expect to see but work so very well when you taste them (Chocolate Mint Gin and Smokey Chilli…  More info

Chocolate Cherry Gin - McQueen (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$37.53

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

Gordon's Yellow Label - Traveller's Edition
3
$36.20

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

Mombasa Club London Dry Gin
2
$39.69

The East India Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
The East India Company

You may know the East India Company more for their extensive selection of teas, but now they're exploring a different delicious drink - gin! Their very own London Dry Gin ought do well in a G&T or…  More info

The East India Company London Dry Gin
1
$38.63

Beefeater Pink Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Beefeater

Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne MBE experimented with several different techniques before he settled on the recipe for this new pretty-in-pink variant, which is made using the original…  More info

Beefeater Pink Gin
$21.93

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