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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.

Two Birds London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Two Birds

Two Birds' Mark Gamble has set out to bottle his passion for the British Countryside with a range of small batch spirits. Using a still he designed and built himself, he uses juniper and 4 other…  More info

Two Birds London Dry Gin
5
$32.26
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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
3
$42.49
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Smouldering Heights Gin - Masons Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Masons

Smouldering Heights Gin is made by the Masons Distillery in Yorkshire in collaboration with That Boutique-y Gin Company! Inspired by the annual heather burning on the Yorkshire Moors, this aromatic…  More info

Smouldering Heights Gin - Masons Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
1
$32.26
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Gordon's Gin 1.5l

150cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

A gin that needs no introduction. Gordon's is a very popular dry gin first created in 1769 by Alexander Gordon. The recipe is only known by four people, and has been a secret for 200 years.  More info

Gordon's Gin 1.5l
$35.88

Yorkshire Dales Purple Ram London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Yorkshire Dales Distillery

A London Dry gin from the folks at Yorkshire Dales Distillery. This stuff distilled not once, not twice, but four times! It features select Yorkshire botanicals, including artisan local honey. A…  More info

Yorkshire Dales Purple Ram London Dry Gin
$37.65

Dead King Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Dead King Gin? Have That Boutique-y Gin Company gone too far this time?! Of course not. Part of its sensory Olfactor-y range, this gin makes use of the aromatics used in an embalming, and these…  More info

Dead King Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$37.65
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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
$34.42
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Silver Fox Gin

70cl, 40%
Silver Fox

Silver Fox Gin was created using a combination of 8 carefully selection botanicals, including juniper, cassia, coriander, orange, lemon, orris, angelica and liquorice. The spirit itself was distilled…  More info

Silver Fox Gin
5
$32.26
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Cobnut Ghost Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Greensand Ridge

It's That Boutique-y Gin Company's first bottling of London dry gin from Greensand Ridge! This wonderful micro-distillery in Kent make some cracking spirits, and do so with careful consideration of…  More info

Cobnut Ghost Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
5
$37.65
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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%)
5
$25.24
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Tanqueray No. Ten 1l

100cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

It’s a one litre bottling of Tanqueray No. 10! The expression was launched in 2000 and is made with whole fresh citrus fruits. Presented in a classic green bottle that looks like it stepped straight…  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten 1l
1
$45.50

Scout & Sage London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Scout & Sage

Scout & Sage is the brainchild of Holly Bower, set up in 2018, and this London Dry Gin is the first gin to be distilled at her micro distillery in Wiltshire in her traditional copper pot still named…  More info

Scout & Sage London Dry Gin
4
$37.16

Rare Bird Gin

70cl, 42%
Rare Bird Distillery

From the Rare Bird Distillery in North Yorkshire comes this London dry gin, showcasing juniper, green pepper, rosemary, hibiscus and citrus in its list of 11 botanicals. A neat balance of fruity and…  More info

Rare Bird Gin
$40.88

Chocolate Cherry Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Cherry and chocolate is a flavoured combination that sounds spectacular, but really doesn't get wheeled out nearly enough. Luckily, That Boutique-y Gin Company have got a gin that takes advantage of…  More info

Chocolate Cherry Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
1
$32.26

Crofter's Tears Highland Gin

70cl, 40%
Ice & Fire

A deliciously smooth London dry gin from Ice & Fire distillery, using handpicked local purple heather tips as a key botanical, if you couldn't tell from the theme of the bottle. This is blended with…  More info

Crofter's Tears Highland Gin
8
$40.92

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
6
$44.75

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin Gift Pack with Glass

70cl, 40%
Opihr Gin

A very cool gift set, containing a bottle of the wonderful Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, accompanied by a very large balloon glass. The perfect gift to literally spice up your life. The only thing…  More info

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin Gift Pack with Glass
$38.72

Boodles British Gin

70cl, 40%
Boodles

This London Dry Gin, repackaged and rejuvenated under new ownership in 2013, takes its name from Boodle's gentleman’s club in St. James's, London and is now produced at the Greenalls…  More info

Boodles British Gin
27
$25.83

Warner's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Warner's

To create its very own London dry gin, the folks at Warner's have combined a carefully considered recipe of 11 botanicals, including the likes of juniper, angelica root, black pepper, cinnamon,…  More info

Warner's London Dry Gin
$32.26

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Burleighs

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin, was inspired by a walk in Burleigh Wood, where master distiller Jamie Baxter happened to come across silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. From…  More info

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin
12
$31
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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%
5
$22.56
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Hayman's London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.2%
Hayman Distillers

Hayman's London Dry Gin is produced to a family recipe which is over 150 years old. These days, this gin is produced in London (following the Hayman's base of operations moving from essex in 2018),…  More info

Hayman's London Dry Gin
1
$23.69

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
5
$24.72

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
$29.93
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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
62
$25.25
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