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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.

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
$38.30

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)
$31.23
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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
29
$25.68

Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Royal Strength Gin

70cl, 47%
Gin Lane 1751

A higher-strength variant of the Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin, made with 8 botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, lemon, orange, cassia bark and star anise. With an ABV of 47%,…  More info

Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Royal Strength Gin
2
$25.16

Darnley's Gin Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Wemyss Malts

For this zazzy gift set, Wemyss accompanied its crisp London dry gin with a pair of branded glasses! We can think of a gin-thusiast or two who would most certainly enjoy this. Plus, since it comes in…  More info

Darnley's Gin Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$37.28

Four Feathers London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Four Feathers

Four Feathers is the product of husband and wife duo, Paulina Bartos from Poland and Sion Edwards from Wales. This London dry gin is inspired by a love of Poland and the Mediterranean, blending…  More info

Four Feathers London Dry Gin
2
$29.22

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
5
$34.25

Crafter's London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Liviko

An Estonian gin made with Veronica and fennel seed, alongside a selection of other classic botanicals. Really beautiful bottle, too.  More info

Crafter's London Dry Gin
3
$34.25

The Newcastle Distillery Co. London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
The Newcastle Distillery Co.

Said to be the city’s first commercial distillery in over 200 years, The Newcastle Distillery Co. has created a London Dry Gin that boasts sumac, orange peel, Iranian hibiscus and rose petals among…  More info

The Newcastle Distillery Co. London Dry Gin
$38.30

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin – Kingsman Edition

70cl, 40.6%
Berry Bros. & Rudd

This may look like a relic from the past, but it's actually a limited edition bottling of Berry Bros. & Rudd's London Dry Gin designed to look like a relic from the past! Its old fashioned label is…  More info

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin – Kingsman Edition
$30.02

Bullards London Dry Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Bullards

A London Dry Gin from Norwich that uses botanicals such as juniper, cardamom, coriander, lemon and orange peels and tonka beans. Enjoy with ice or in a gin and tonic with a slice of blood orange.  More info

Bullards London Dry Gin
13
$37.79

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
$36.31

Broken Bones London Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Broken Bones Gin

The flagship expression from the Broken Bones team in Slovenia, this London dry gin packs a solid core of juniper, supported by a host of traditional gin botanicals, alongside some intriguing local…  More info

Broken Bones London Dry Gin
$38.29

NB Navy Strength Gin

70cl, 57%
NB Distillery ltd

A navy strength edition of NB's award winning no-nonsense London Dry Gin, made with 8 botanicals (juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cassia bark, cardamom and…  More info

NB Navy Strength Gin
$39.35

Hooting Owl West Yorkshire Gin

70cl, 42%
Hooting Owl

This is one of a quartet of gins inspired by the county of Yorkshire produced at the Hooting Owl Distillery. Taking inspiration from the west of Yorkshire, Bradford in particular, this expression…  More info

Hooting Owl West Yorkshire Gin
$37.83

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
2
$29.63

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
$28.25

3 Pugs London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
3 Pugs

This right here is a tasty London dry gin from the 3 Pug range, created by the husband and wife duo Christine and Stephen Ditchfield, along with their three pugs (we're going to guess that Christine…  More info

3 Pugs London Dry Gin
$36.28

Malvern Dry Gin

50cl, 43%
Malvern

A splendid London dry gin, produced in rural Worcestershire using Holywell Malvern spring water and a host of botanicals inspired by the surrounding Malvern Hills. Distilled with the likes of…  More info

Malvern Dry Gin
$32.29

3 Pugs London Dry Gin (50cl)

50cl, 42%
3 Pugs

Pugs. They're wonderful. This is known. Gin is also wonderful. This is also known. Husband and wife duo Christine and Stephen Ditchfield have gone and united those two wonderful things together to…  More info

3 Pugs London Dry Gin (50cl)
2
$36.29

Darnley's Spiced Gin Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 42.7%
Wemyss Malts

Alongside its warming, cinnamon and nutmeg-led Darnley's Spiced Gin, Wemyss also packed a pair branded glasses into this gorgeous gift set! Seeing as there's two of them, whoever the lucky recipient…  More info

Darnley's Spiced Gin Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$37.28

Ginepraio London Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Ginepraio

This fragrant Tuscan gin is named after the Italian saying, 'cacciarsi in un ginepraio', which means to get stuck in a mess, an homage to the trouble the founders had sourcing organic botanicals for…  More info

Ginepraio London Dry Gin
$37.84

Origin - Perugia, Italy

70cl, 46%
Origin

An Origin London Dry Gin which has been made using juniper grown in Perugia, Italy (just south and east from Arrezzo, which is where the juniper for another rather popular Origin came from). The…  More info

Origin - Perugia, Italy
3
$36.28
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Sapling Climate Positive Gin

70cl, 40%
Sapling Spirits

The Sapling Spirits team has created the cracking Climate Positive Gin! This London dry gin is made with organic regenerative wheat from their pals at Wildfarmed, who use farming methods that allow…  More info

Sapling Climate Positive Gin
$34.05

Red Door Gin

70cl, 45%
Red Door Gin

Made in the fabulous Benromach distillery, Red Door Gin is a small-batch, handcrafted London Dry style gin. The botanical selection was inspired by Scotland’s mountains, forests and coastal fringes,…  More info

Red Door Gin
5
$27.18

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