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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.

Estate-Foraged Gin - Shortcross (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Shortcross Gin

The label of this independently-bottled gin shows Shortcross' David Armstrong and That Boutique-y Gin Company's David T Smith foraging for blackberries and damsons on the Rademan Estate, home of…  More info

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$40.66
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1606 Gin

70cl, 43%
1606 Gin

A special gin conceived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, close to our offices, and made using the spa town's spring water. The creators also grow and pick their own organic lemons and oranges in Spain,…  More info

1606 Gin
$39.59
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Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - CitroLondon Dry Gin - Fifty Eight Gin Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

3cl, 44%
58 Distillery

Estimated despatch 14th November Picture the scene: you have won a Christmas cracker duel. You excited look within your cracker, only to discover the prize is a thimble. Disappointment occurs.…  More info

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$5.79

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

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$25.13
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Beefeater 24

70cl, 45%
Beefeater

A more recent addition to the Beefeater range. When creating Beefeater 24, Desmond Payne knew he had to come up with something totally different for his selection of botanicals. He used tea! The 12…  More info

Beefeater 24
13
$27.68

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
$46.61
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Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set

70cl, 43.5%
Thames Distillers

A lovely gift set of Fifty Pounds Gin with two glasses. We're positive that giving someone a gift set with two glasses means they pretty much have to pour you at least one drink. Win/win!  More info

Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set
$46.06
$42.09

Tanqueray Lovage

100cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

Released in mid-2018, this twist on Tanqueray's recipe brings savoury elements to the fore. Based on a recipe made by Charles Tanqueray himself, this expression introduces lovage into the mix…  More info

Tanqueray Lovage
$49.56
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Bombay Original London Dry Gin (37.5%)

70cl, 37.5%
Bombay Sapphire

A back bar classic, Bombay Original London Dry Gin was first produced in 1959, preceding Bombay Sapphire by around 25 years. It is made with a different recipe to Bombay Sapphire, using 8 botanicals…  More info

Bombay Original London Dry Gin (37.5%)
$25.72
$17.14

Geranium London Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Geranium Gin

Exquisite London Dry Gin made with actual geranium - which everyone knows is a fantastically aromatic plant. Very unusual, distinctive and utterly delicious…  More info

Geranium London Dry Gin
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$32.09
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Green Citrus Gin - Gin Eva (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Gin Eva

All the way from Mallorca comes Green Citrus Gin, produced for That Boutique-y Gin Company by Gin Eva! Ever the intrepid explorers of flavour, the Gin Eva team has created an expression using green…  More info

Green Citrus Gin - Gin Eva (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$37.44
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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
2
$38.40

Berkeley Square Gin (Old Bottling)

70cl, 40%
Berkeley Square

A lovely London Gin named for Berkeley Square, one of the city's most sought after addresses. This premium gin from G and J Greenall is distilled in copper pot stills.  More info

Berkeley Square Gin (Old Bottling)
2
$37.44

KURO Gin

70cl, 43%
KURO

A Japanese-inspired London dry gin innovatively crafted in the UK using botanicals from the Land of the Rising Sun – think silver birch bark, spruce needles and bamboo-activated charcoal. 'KURO'…  More info

KURO Gin
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$45.93
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Fifty Pounds Gin

70cl, 43.5%
Thames Distillers

This is fifty... Fifty Pounds gin is distilled in small quantities, and in single batches. The name comes from the time of George II and the 1736 Gin Act, when a 50 pound tax was levied on those…  More info

Fifty Pounds Gin
5
$35.13
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Tanqueray No. Ten 1l

100cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

An exceptional small-batch gin, named for the pot still in which it is made (Pot still number ten).  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten 1l
1
$42.86

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
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$39.24
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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
11
$35.35
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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
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$33.57
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Slingsby London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Slingsby

Slingsby is a London Dry Gin that's proudly from the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. Launched in August 2015, it's made with water from the Harrogate aquifer, pure grain spirit and 24 botanicals and…  More info

Slingsby London Dry Gin
2
$42.28
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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
11
$23.52
$19.29
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York Gin

70cl, 42.5%
York Gin

London dry gin all the way from York, created with a love of gin and history in mind. York Gin features a selection of nine botanicals, all of which would have been available in the 18th century via…  More info

York Gin
11
$38.52

Broker's Gin

70cl, 40%
Brokers

A fine and tasty gin which has been lauded by critics, Broker's is made with herbs, spices and fruits imported from three continents and blended to be extra dry - yes, that's right people, this is…  More info

Broker's Gin
16
$22.10
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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
3
$16.07
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Ginerosity Gin

50cl, 40%
Pickering's

From Edinburgh's Summerhall Distillery (known for making Pickering's Gin) comes Ginerosity Gin. This is made using a combination of 10 botanicals including juniper, lemon, lime, orange, lemon myrtle,…  More info

Ginerosity Gin
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$28.67
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