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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.

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper

50cl, 59.8%
Crossbill Highland Distillery

Crossbill distillery, at the time of writing, is the only gin producer in Britain that enjoys access to fresh juniper for their spirits literally at their door. On discovering that one of their…  More info

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper
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$91.03

Long Table London Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Long Table

Made in Vancouver, this versatile, fresh dry gin is made with eight botanicals.  More info

Long Table London Dry Gin
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$40.45
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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
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$42.81
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Master's London Dry

70cl, 40%
Master

The steps which go to making Master's Selection London Dry Gin are rather interesting - it begins with a re-disillation of grain spirit with juniper, cardamom and coriander. This is then combined…  More info

Master's London Dry
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$32.09
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6 O'clock Gin - Jekka McVicar Edition

70cl, 40%
6 o'Clock

What happens when you take 6 O’clock Gin and add the herbal expertise of Jekka McVicar? You get 6 O'clock Gin - Jekka McVicar Edition, of course!. Made in small batches at the family-run…  More info

6 O'clock Gin - Jekka McVicar Edition
$39.59

Fisher's Gin Gift Pack

50cl, 44%
Fishers Gin

This gift pack from the Fishers Gin folks features a 50cl bottle of their gin, made using spignel, rock samphire, wood aven and bog myrtle (among others), along with two Fishers Gin mugs!  More info

Fisher's Gin Gift Pack
$53.52

Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Greensand Ridge

A London Dry Gin from the Greensand Ridge Distillery just outside Shipbourne (only a short jaunt north from MoM Towers!), made using a selection of eight botanicals that grow within a mile of the…  More info

Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin
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$37.44
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Darnley's Gin

70cl, 40%
Wemyss Malts

A crisp, tasty, London Dry Gin created by Wemyss! Darnley's is named after the time when Mary Queen of Scots first met her future husband Lord Darnley at Wemyss Castle in 1565.  More info

Darnley's Gin
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$33.70
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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
$24.38
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Burleighs London Dry Gin Export Strength

70cl, 47%
45 West Distillers Ltd

Burleighs London Dry Gin Export Strength, features the same botanical selection as their Signature expression, including the likes of silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. However,…  More info

Burleighs London Dry Gin Export Strength
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$36.38
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Boadicea Gin

50cl, 40%
Boadicea

From the team behind Wild Knight Vodka comes Boadicea Gin. The spirit itself is made from barley grown in Norfolk, while the botanicals used include juniper, citrus and nettle. The name comes from…  More info

Boadicea Gin
$33.84

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
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$31.01
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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
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$29.97

Darnley's Spiced Gin

70cl, 42.7%
Wemyss Malts

This cinnamon and nutmeg led London Dry Gin from Wemyss is bottled at 42.7% to add to its warming character.  More info

Darnley's Spiced Gin
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$32.51
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Nicholson London Dry

70cl, 40.3%
J. & W. Nicholson

The Nicholson name carries a great amount of history in the gin world - the family has been producing gin since 1736! Their London dry gin is made with a family recipe of ten botanicals that dates…  More info

Nicholson London Dry
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$34.90
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Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin 76cl - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A bottle of Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin, produced all the way back in the 1970s. For those of you who like your antique gin to be made by a former Sheriff of London (so that's... Everyone?).  More info

Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin 76cl - 1970s
$192.88

Matchmakers Gin

50cl, 40%
Matchmakers

Matchmakers Gin is for the sort of person who can't help but add their own twist to recipes when making dinner. The gin features eight botonicals (including juniper, orange, liquorice and coriander),…  More info

Matchmakers Gin
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$32.09
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Beefeater Pink Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Beefeater

Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne MBE experimented with several different techniques before he settled on the recipe for this new pretty-in-pink variant, which is made using the original…  More info

Beefeater Pink Gin
$21.26
$17.68
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Gordon's Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

An absolute classic dry gin, Gordon's is one of the best selling spirits in the world, and was first created in 1769, and the recipe hasn't changed since! This is a triple-distilled gin flavoured…  More info

Gordon's Gin
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$17.50
$15.01
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Strane London Dry Gin - Navy Strength

50cl, 57.1%
Strane

A Navy Strength edition of Strane London Dry Gin from Swedish distillers, Smögen. Strane is made with a selection of botanicals which include coriander seeds, cinnamon bark, basil, garden mint, sage,…  More info

Strane London Dry Gin - Navy Strength
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$55.01
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aGeINg (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company's aGeINg is something that ought to be very intriguing to the inquisitive gin nerd. The gin within the bottle is a wonderful recipe full of classic gin botanicals…  More info

aGeINg (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$42.81

Luxardo London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Luxardo

Luxardo London Dry Gin was created using a recipe that was produced by the Luxardo family since the beginning of the 1900s featuring the famous Dalmatia juniper. It was crafted with a selection of…  More info

Luxardo London Dry Gin
$32.09

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
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$33.16

Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
The Organic Spirits Company

Award-winning Certified Organic Gin made from 4 botanicals: juniper berries, coriander, savory and angelica root. Well worth a try.  More info

Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin
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$21.74

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
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$32.09
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