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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.

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)
$43.06

City of London Christopher Wren Gin

70cl, 45.3%
City of London Distillery

A special edition from the City of London Distillery, created in collaboration with Tom Nichol, the retiring Tanqueray Master Distiller. The gin uses juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and…  More info

City of London Christopher Wren Gin
$46.37

Gillemore Magical Gin

50cl, 46%
Gillemore

Gillemore Magical Gin comes to us all the way from Belgium, and is made using a combination of 16 specially selected botanicals. Also, the bottle is shaped a bit like an Erlenmeyer flask, which we…  More info

Gillemore Magical Gin
$56.52

Sipsmith London Dry Gin (35cl)

35cl, 41.6%
Sipsmith

A half-bottle of the ever-fabulous Sipsmith London Dry Gin, made with a selection of 10 botanicals. Superb in a Martini, in case you were wondering...  More info

Sipsmith London Dry Gin (35cl)
$17.63

The Sweet Potato Spirit Co. London Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
The Sweet Potato Spirit Co

A London Dry Gin from The Sweet Potato Spirit Co., made with sweet potatoes grown in North Carolina and triple-distilled in the UK. A very original base spirit for a gin...  More info

The Sweet Potato Spirit Co. London Dry Gin
$31.99

Oxley Gin

70cl, 47%
Oxley

As enthusiasts of all things science-y, we're big fans of Oxley Gin. It's distilled under vacuum - the distillate boils at -5 degrees Celsius, and re-condenses at -100 Celsius! That sounds like it…  More info

Oxley Gin
$46.68

Broker's Gin (47%)

70cl, 47%
Brokers

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
$25.91

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
$44.21

Palmers London Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Langley Distillery

A London Dry from the WH Palmer Group who own Langley distillery, also known as Palmers. Palmers is made with 7 botanicals and is bottled at 44%.  More info

Palmers London Dry Gin
7
$30.95

Siderit Hibiscus London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Siderit

An extension of the Siderit gin range with a greater emphasis on one of the 12 botanicals: hibiscus. Made in Spain, the gin takes its name from the inclusion of sideritis hyssopifolia.  More info

Siderit Hibiscus London Dry Gin
$44.16

W&H Botanic 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

W&H Botanic Premium London Dry Gin
$38.69

Santamanía London Dry Gin

70cl, 41%
Santamanía

From one of a small number of micro-distilleries in Spain comes Santamanía London Dry Gin, featuring a base spirit made from Tempranillo grapes and an interesting selection of botanicals. This ranges…  More info

Santamanía London Dry Gin
$37.53

Ish London Dry Gin

70cl, 41%
The Poshmakers

A beautiful quintuple-distilled made in the centre of London. This is made with 12 botanicals as well as good quality grain spirit. Ish London Dry Gin is great in a Martini!  More info

Ish London Dry Gin
1
$33.81

Siderit London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Siderit

A Spanish London Dry Gin made in very small batches (25 litres at a time) and distilled in a fractional distillation column made entirely of borosilicate glass! The 12 botanicals include sideritis…  More info

Siderit London Dry Gin
4
$44.16

Selkie London Dry Gin

50cl, 43%
Selkie

A London dry gin from Scotland made using a combination of juniper, liquorice, citrus, coriander seeds and angelica. The name comes from a mythological sea creature that could change its shape into a…  More info

Selkie London Dry Gin
6
$34.21

Beefeater London Dry Gin 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Beefeater

A magnum bottle of Beefeater. This is a classic London Dry Gin created by James Burroughs in 1820. It is still made to the same recipe. Very flavoursome and spicy.  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin 1.5l
$41.68

Mews London Dry Gin

70cl, 38%
Mews

Mews is a vapour distilled gin made with 11 botanicals: juniper, coriander, liquorice root, angelica, pink peppercorn, lavender, lemon, orange, orris root, cubeb berries and cassia. Its subtle…  More info

Mews London Dry Gin
$35.31

Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar

72cl, 46%
Origin

One for true gin aficionados – behind each of the Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar windows lies a 3cl dram made with juniper taken from a single location. Explore the effects of terroir on…  More info

Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar
3
$110.48

Berkeley Square Gin Limited Release

70cl, 46%
Berkeley Square

A limited edition release of Berkeley Square Gin, which takes its name from one of foggy London town's most illustrious addresses and features basil, kaffir lime leaves and lavender. However, after…  More info

Berkeley Square Gin Limited Release
2
$38.51

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Gilpins

A super-premium London Dry Gin, made in London in pot stills, using spring water from Cartmel in the Lake District, it is made with a variety of botanicals, including the quintessential juniper, and…  More info

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
3
$40.50

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Bombay Sapphire

An exceptional London dry gin, Bombay Sapphire is triple distilled and flavoured using a vapour infusion method, whereby the spirit passes through a copper basket filled with 10 different botanicals,…  More info

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l
$54.31

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
$36.82

Darnley's Navy Strength Spiced Gin

70cl, 57.1%
Darnley's

A particularly spicy and intense London dry gin from Darnley's (which has recently had a bit of a rebrand). This will most definitely stand out in your G&T, but we reckon it'll do well in a Clover…  More info

Darnley's Navy Strength Spiced Gin
$44.03

Cucamelon Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 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)
$33.11

Granny Garbutt’s Gin

70cl, 42%
Granny Garbutt's

Named after the distiller's grandmother (whom had a penchant for gin), Granny Garbutt’s Gin is inspired by the North Yorkshire moors. A few of the botanicals featured within are foraged from those…  More info

Granny Garbutt’s Gin
2
$39.74

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