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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.

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
$36.24

Beefeater London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Beefeater

Beefeater London Dry Gin was first made in 1820 by James Burroughs. It is still, to this day, made to the same recipe. Great in a martini, this is a spiced, fruity gin.  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin
11
$19.90

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
45 West Distillers Ltd

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
11
$31.99

Kokoro Gin

70cl, 42%
Kokoro

Kokoro Gin is a London dry gin made with a selection of botanicals that includes fresh Sansho berries, which are popular in Japanese cuisine.  More info

Kokoro Gin
4
$33.11

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
19
$24.75

Colombo London Dry Gin

70cl, 43.1%
Rockland Distilleries

Colombo London Dry Gin is made with a recipe which dates back around 70 years, including a number of spices from the Cinnamon Garden of Colombo, Sri Lanka. At its core, Colombo London Dry Gin…  More info

Colombo London Dry Gin
1
$36.42

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
$43.61

Whittaker's Gin

70cl, 42%
Whittaker's Gin

Whittaker's Gin is produced by Harrogate Distillery Ltd., a family business run from their North Yorkshire home at Harewell House Farm. Botanicals include juniper, coriander, angelica root,…  More info

Whittaker's Gin
2
$35.38

Blackwoods 2017 Vintage Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Blackwoods

Each year, the Blackwoods distillers in the Shetlands create a gin with a vintage, making use of the botanicals available locally, leading to each vintage being slightly different to the last. This…  More info

Blackwoods 2017 Vintage Dry Gin
$25.02

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
$16.58

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
2
$38.63

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea

70cl, 37.5%
Larios

Larios Dry Gin, now renamed Larios Ginebra Mediterránea, with its handsome new packaging aimed at a new generation in the Mediterranean where gin is thriving. The best selling gin in Spain, the…  More info

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea
4
$18.29

Bedrock Gin

70cl, 40%
Bedrock Gin

Bedrock Gin is inspired by the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Lake District, produced by Spirit of the lakes. This London dry gin is made using botanicals including juniper, orange, lemon,…  More info

Bedrock Gin
1
$30.92

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
2
$39.74

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
11
$28.56

Nelson's Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Nelson's

A small batch gin from Nelson's Distillery & Gin School in Grindley near the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border made with a range of botanicals from around the globe including lemongrass and kaffir…  More info

Nelson's Gin
3
$40.30

D-Day Gin

70cl, 40.4%
Rubbens

D-Day Gin was create to honour the distiller's grandfather, who served as a British solider during World War II, featuring botanicals from where he fought. This includes Egyptian coriander, Italian…  More info

D-Day Gin
$55.21

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
$45.92

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin

70cl, 43%
Jam Jar Gin

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin is a crowdfunded London dry gin presented in... Well, in jars! With a particularly juicy kick of raspberry at its core, this ought to be an excellent treat during the summer…  More info

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin
$49.69

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
11
$22.80

Bardowie Gin

70cl, 43%
Hazell & Hazell

This small batch craft gin was distilled using botanicals foraged from around Bardowie Loch, north of Glasgow - hence the name! This London Dry style release comes from independent family firm Hazell…  More info

Bardowie Gin
$43.93

Richmond London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Richmond Distillers

Richmond London Dry Gin is a fairly basic gin that would be suited for use in cocktails rather than enjoying neat.  More info

Richmond London Dry Gin
$13.32

Burleigh's Gin Pink Edition

70cl, 40%
45 West Distillers Ltd

A limited edition bottling of Burleigh's London Dry Gin, inspired by the Master Distiller's trip to Japan. Burleigh's Gin Pink Edition has been distilled using their classic recipe with the addition…  More info

Burleigh's Gin Pink Edition
$46.71

Star Of Bombay London Dry Gin

70cl, 47.5%
Bombay Sapphire

A 2015 small batch addition to Bombay Sapphire's range. Star of Bombay London Dry Gin features botanicals that'll be familiar to those who love Bombay Sapphire, with a reassembled flavour profile…  More info

Star Of Bombay London Dry Gin
2
$38.84

Beckett's London Dry Gin - Type 1097

70cl, 40%
Beckett's

The recipe for Beckett's Gin is based on simplicity and quality, with only 6 botanicals used; juniper, lime, orris root, sweet orange peel, coriander and Kingston Upon-Thames mint. Infused with…  More info

Beckett's London Dry Gin - Type 1097
1
$33.67

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