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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.

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

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$39.06
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City of London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.3%
City of London Distillery

The City of London Distillery situated in the heart of the City of London. This fantastic gin is made from a citrus forward selection of botanicals including: juniper, coriander seed, angelica root,…  More info

City of London Dry Gin
$36.43
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Cobnut Ghost Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Greensand Ridge

It's That Boutique-y Gin Company's first bottling of London dry gin from Greensand Ridge! This wonderful micro-distillery in Kent make some cracking spirits, and do so with careful consideration of…  More info

Cobnut Ghost Gin - Greensand Ridge (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
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$37.44
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Whitetail Gin

70cl, 47%
Whitetail Spirits

Named after the White-Tailed Sea Eagle*, Whitetail Gin is made using a selection of botanicals native to the Isle of Mull (where a convocation of these eagles live). This includes pine needles,…  More info

Whitetail Gin
4
$44.53

Campfire Gin

50cl, 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 Gin
$36.38
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Finger Lime Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Finger Lime Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company is pretty straightforward. You take the awesomeness of finger limes (they come from Australia and their texture is a bit like caviar) and combine said…  More info

Finger Lime Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$32.09
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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
$34.23
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Tower Bridge Gin (black)

70cl, 40%
Tower Bridge

A gin named after London's famous Tower Bridge, an iconic landmark designed by Sir Horace Jones and his engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry. It's presented in a polished bottled with cork stopper in either…  More info

Tower Bridge Gin (black)
$31.73

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
$35.70

Chocolate Cherry Gin - McQueen (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 42%
McQueen

Vicky and Dale McQueen have something of a history when it comes to creating gins with flavours you never expect to see but work so very well when you taste them (Chocolate Mint Gin and Smokey Chilli…  More info

Chocolate Cherry Gin - McQueen (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$36.38
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W&H Botanic Ultra Premium London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
Williams & Humbert

Botanic Ultra Premium London Dry Gin is produced by winemakers William & Humbert, to a higher strength than their standard Premium London Dry Gin. It's made with some rather intriguing botanicals,…  More info

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$48.22
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Hawthorn's London Dry Gin 41%

70cl, 41%
Hawthorn's

The new incarnation of Hawthorn's London Dry Gin still pays homage to the creator's seafaring grandfather, a commander in the British Navy during the war, and also still features botanicals sourced…  More info

Hawthorn's London Dry Gin 41%
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$23.52

3D Juniper Gin - Crossbill (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Crossbill Highland Distillery

The folks from Crossbill Gin have stepped into another dimension with 3D Juniper Gin, bottled by that Boutique-y Gin Company. Produced up in Scotland, this London dry gin is made using a combination…  More info

3D Juniper Gin - Crossbill (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$42.81
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Geranium London Dry Gin 55°

70cl, 55%
Geranium Gin

A special edition, higher strength bottling of the very popular (and very tasty) Geranium London Dry Gin. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the brand, they've created a gin bottled at 55% ABV,…  More info

Geranium London Dry Gin 55°
$38.74
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City of London Square Mile Gin

70cl, 47.3%
City of London Distillery

A big, bold one-shot London dry gin from the City of London Distillery, made with a selection of botanicals which include juniper, angelica, coriander, fresh orange & lemon, liquorice and orris root,…  More info

City of London Square Mile Gin
$48.17
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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
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$38.52
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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
$42.81
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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
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$30.00
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Hayman's London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.2%
Hayman Distillers

Hayman's London Dry Gin is produced to a family recipe which is over 150 years old. These days, this gin is produced in London (following the Hayman's base of operations moving from essex in 2018),…  More info

Hayman's London Dry Gin
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$24.59

Ancient Mariner London Cut Dry Gin

50cl, 50%
Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner's London Dry Gin was chosen from more than 25 different recipes, created with 100% British grains and distilled in London. It is named, of course, for Coleridge's famous poem The…  More info

Ancient Mariner London Cut Dry Gin
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$31.55
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Origin - Garbino, Bulgaria

70cl, 46%
Origin

Ever wondered how the flavour profile of a gin is affected by where the juniper is sourced? The Origin range allows you see (well, taste) just that! Each one is made with one botanical - juniper -…  More info

Origin - Garbino, Bulgaria
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$38.52
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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
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$33.48
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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
$24.25
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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
$42.59

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
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$37.65
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