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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.

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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

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Tanqueray No. Ten with Floral Gift Box

70cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

This delightful gift set includes a bottle of Tanqueray's iconic No. Ten gin, housed in a beautifully botanical gift box! Featuring the gin's signature botanicals – chamomile and whole citrus fruits,…  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten with Floral Gift Box
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Campfire London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Puddingstone Distillery

What deliciousness do you like to treat yourself to while sat around a campfire? Marshmallows? Sausages? Beans?! Heavens, no! The obvious answer here is gin - Campfire Gin, in particular! Made at the…  More info

Campfire London Dry Gin
5
$35.31
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Bonza Botanical Gin - Old Young's (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Old Young's

The Old Young's Distillery on the west coast of Australia has created Bonza Botanical Gin with That Boutique-y Gin Company! All manner of marvellous leafy botanicals call Australia their home, and a…  More info

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Glen's London Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Glen Catrine Distillers

A Scottish dry gin made by Glen Catrine Distillers.  More info

Glen's London Extra Dry Gin
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$16.32

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
$31.68
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Sky Wave Liberation London Dry Gin

50cl, 42%
Sky Wave

An homage to the flora growing around Oxfordshire, Sky Wave has created an enjoyably herbaceous and fruity expression here! Nine botanicals sit at its core, including juniper, raspberry, mallow,…  More info

Sky Wave Liberation London Dry Gin
2
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The Blowing Stone London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
The Blowing Stone

The Blowing Stone London Dry Gin is made in West Berkshire, and takes its name from a stone that King Alfred the Great used to summon troops to the Battle of Ashdown back in the year 871. Not only…  More info

The Blowing Stone London Dry Gin
3
$36.33

No.3 Gin Gift Pack With Glass

70cl, 46%
Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. has crafted the exceptionally snazzy gift set, holding within a bottle of its zesty No.3 Gin, along with a rather well-decorated glass, too! We think it would look even better with a G&T…  More info

No.3 Gin Gift Pack With Glass
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Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 2

75cl, 44.9%
The Surrey Copper Distillery

It's Volume Two of Copperfield London Dry Gin! Hailing from the Surrey Copper Distillery, it's made from a blend of botanicals including Pink Peppercorns, Cubeb Berries, Rose Petals, Hibiscus,…  More info

Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 2
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G.H.Q. London Dry Gin

70cl, 41%
G.H.Q.

G.H.Q. Gin comes to us from the Scottish Highlands, featuring a medley of tasty botanicals alongside water from an ancient spring deep in the Cairngorm Mountains. Enjoy in a classic G&T with a good…  More info

G.H.Q. London Dry Gin
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$38.40

Siderit Gingerlime London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Siderit

Distilled in a glass column using the 12 botanicals from Siderit London Dry Gin (sideritis hyssopifolia, juniper, coriander, cardamom, rock tea, angelica root, cinnamon, orange peel, hibiscus, pink…  More info

Siderit Gingerlime London Dry Gin
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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
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$28.99
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Big Dipper Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Get ready for a shot of nostalgia, as fairground fun has been captured in a bottle with Big Dipper Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company, who have collaborated with fragrance specialist Lizzie Ostrom…  More info

Big Dipper Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$35.32
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Cubical Premium London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Williams & Humbert

This is the 40% bottling of the London Dry Gin from Williams & Humbert, who are perhaps more well-known for their Spanish brandies. This refreshing tipple features botanicals such as juniper,…  More info

Cubical Premium London Dry Gin
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$36.11

Darnley's Spiced Gin

70cl, 42.7%
Wemyss Malts

A lovely spiced expression of Darnley’s London Dry gin to warm your cockles! It’s distilled at Wemyss Malts, and the cinnamon and nutmeg led tipple is bottled at 42.7% to add to its warming…  More info

Darnley's Spiced Gin
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Chew Valley London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Chew Valley

This is a marvellous London dry gin all the way from the South West of England, produced in Chew Magna (it's between Bristol and Bath - it's nice!). 11 botanicals sit at the heart of this expression,…  More info

Chew Valley London Dry Gin
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Beware of the Woods Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Here we have another of That Boutique-y Gin Company's Olfactor-y range, a collaboration with fragrance specialist Lizzie Ostrom of Odette Toilette. Inspired by the scents of the forest, Beware of the…  More info

Beware of the Woods Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
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$35.32
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Hooting Owl East Yorkshire Gin

70cl, 42%
Hooting Owl

One of four gins inspired by the county of Yorkshire from the Hooting Owl Distillery (it should come as no surprise that the distillery is from Yorkshire, by the way). This one is inspired by the…  More info

Hooting Owl East Yorkshire Gin
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Ruddy Fine London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Ruddy Fine

From the Ruddy Fine Distillery in the village of Ruddington, Nottinghamshire comes this Ruddy Fine London Dry Gin, and it is really rather good! Produced with a unique selection of 11 botanicals, it…  More info

Ruddy Fine London Dry Gin
$34.35

Hooting Owl Signature Gin

70cl, 42%
Hooting Owl

It's the awesome Signature London Dry gin from Hooting Owl over in Yorkshire! The tipple is packed full of botanicals, with bitter orange peel, mukrat lime leaves, dandelion and burdock root, and…  More info

Hooting Owl Signature Gin
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$37.88

Castle Hill London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Castle Hill Gin

A wonderfully herbaceous gin from Yorkshire (specifically Huddersfield), Castle Hill is named after the local landmark, which you can spot on the bottle's lively label. Among its eight botanicals…  More info

Castle Hill London Dry Gin
$39.36

Misty Isle Cill Targhlain Gin

70cl, 42%
Isle of Skye Distillers

All the way from the Isle of Skye comes Misty Isle Cill Targhlain Gin, named after the original Gaelic name for the village of Portree (where the gin is made) – Kiltaraglen, or Cill Targhlain. As…  More info

Misty Isle Cill Targhlain Gin
$38.35

Cucamelon Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

70cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

The cucamelon is a fruit which looks like a fun-sized watermelon but tastes like a lime-dipped cucumber. It may sound like something Willy Wonka would create after being told by his doctor that a…  More info

Cucamelon Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$31.27
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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

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