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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.

Bombay Original London Dry Gin

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
$22.71

1881 London Dry Hydro Gin

70cl, 40%
1881 Distillery

Here we have the 1881 London Dry Hydro Gin, produced at the Peebles Hydro! With 12 botanicals, hawthorn, birch, fir and citrus are at the core of this one (alongside juniper, of course), so it's a…  More info

1881 London Dry Hydro Gin
$28.38
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Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin

70cl, 42%
Masons

A London Dry Gin from God's Own County! Masons use Harrogate spring water for their gins along with juniper, a proportion of which is from their own bushes, and a combination of secret botanicals…  More info

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin
35
$28.89

Old Amersham Gin London Dry

50cl, 40%
Old Amersham Gin

An ace London dry gin here from the Old Amersham range, created in Amersham by the folks behind The Kings Arms Hotel. With a host of brill botanicals at its core, this expression does marvellously in…  More info

Old Amersham Gin London Dry
$35.48

Brilliant London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Brilliant

Brilliant Gin comes to us via the wonderfully named 'The Really Brilliant Company'. Created by two long-time gin connoisseurs, it's a tasty London Dry Gin made with a selection of botanicals…  More info

Brilliant London Dry Gin
5
$39.28

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
$49.67

Whitetail Gin

70cl, 47%
Whitetail Spirits

Inspired by the White-tailed eagles which nest close by to its distillery on the Isle of Mull, Whitetail Gin is made using a selection of botanicals native to the island. This includes pine needles,…  More info

Whitetail Gin
9
$35.37

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

Foxdenton London Dry Gin 48%
3
$29.67
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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

Jensen's Bermondsey Gin
5
$29.39

Cornish Blue Flamingo Gin

70cl, 40%
Cornish Blue

Distilled in small batches, Cornish Blue Flamingo Gin contains an array of botanicals, some of which are rather unusual and hard to find – a bit like a mythical creature! The list includes black bee…  More info

Cornish Blue Flamingo Gin
1
$40.50

Fords London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
Thames Distillers

Fords London Dry Gin comes to us from the Thames Distillers in London with help from Simon Ford of The 86 Co., the chaps behind Aylebury Duck Vodka. For the botanical selection, the distillers cast…  More info

Fords London Dry Gin
7
$30.92

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
$32.38

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
$52.31

Gotland Gin

70cl, 40%
Gotland Gin

A tasty London dry gin, produced on the farm of the Gotland Gin family in Devon. As well as distilling gin, they also keep a flock of Scandinavian Gotland sheep on the farm – who inspired the name of…  More info

Gotland Gin
$38.53

Crag & Tail Gin

70cl, 41%
Crag & Tail

This small batch gin from Crag & Tail was created in Angus, Scotland by the team behind the drinks distributor, Huffman’s, using twelve botanicals including watermelon, elderflower and citrus. It was…  More info

Crag & Tail Gin
9
$37.46
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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
8
$29.39

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
$24.07

Finger Lime Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Finger Lime Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company is pretty straightforward. You take the awesomeness of finger limes (they come from Australia and their texture is a bit like caviar) and combine said…  More info

Finger Lime Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
1
$22.25
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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

Sipsmith London Dry Gin
17
$29.09
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Del Professore The Fighting Bear London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Del Professore

A bold and hearty London Dry Gin from Italy's Del Professore! Built around a rich core of juniper, balanced by delicate botanicals such as bitter orange and chamomile, it'll stand up very nicely in a…  More info

Del Professore The Fighting Bear London Dry Gin
$40.50

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

Bog Gin - Kyrö Distillery Company (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
1
$39.49
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The Artisan Gin

50cl, 44%
The Artisan Gin

Produced in Croatia, The Artisan Gin is a London dry that takes inspiration from the Croatian countryside. A selection of 14 organic botanicals including the likes of almonds, elderflower, olive tree…  More info

The Artisan Gin
1
$44.19

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
2
$47.72
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Yorkshire Dales Wild Ram Yorkshire Berry London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
Yorkshire Dales Distillery

A traditional London Dry Gin with soft tones of red fruit alongside classic juniper bite, bottled at 45% ABV. Created using gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants, heather flowers and vanilla,…  More info

Yorkshire Dales Wild Ram Yorkshire Berry London Dry Gin
$37.46

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Thames Distillers

This is a very interesting London Dry Gin which is made to a recipe discovered by a Lieutenant Colonel Fox in 1859. The Colonel was a celebrated war hero, and today his name lives on in the form of…  More info

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin
1
$25.64

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