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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.

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
2
$31.32

Fords London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
Thames Distillers

Fords London Dry Gin comes to us from the Thames Distillers in London with help from Simon Ford of The 86 Co., the chaps behind Aylebury Duck Vodka. For the botanical selection, the distillers cast…  More info

Fords London Dry Gin
2
$32.88

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

3cl, 46.6%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

While Christmas doesn't exist in space (the cosmos cares not for Earth's calendar and chooses to live by its own), you add add a little bit of stellar awesomeness to your own Christmas with this…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$7.02

Bimber The London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Bimber

Looking to give your house-pour a bit of a refresh? Get your hands on a fantastic London dry gin from the Bimber distillery in London, featuring a classically juniper-forward flavour profile…  More info

Bimber The London Dry Gin
$22.39

Bush Tucker Gin - Chilgrove Spirits (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Chilgrove

A London dry gin that connects Australia and England, created by Chilgrove Spirits and released by That Boutique-y Gin Company! Bush Tucker Gin features a similar botanical recipe to the Chilgrove…  More info

Bush Tucker Gin - Chilgrove Spirits (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$38.63

Origin - Skopje, Macedonia

70cl, 46%
Origin

The ‘Origin’ range of London Dry Gins is a unique proposition for the discerning gin-lover. Each one is distilled using juniper gathered from one single location – in this instance from Skopje in…  More info

Origin - Skopje, Macedonia
1
$39.74

Le Gin 1 & 9

70cl, 40%
Distillerie Des Terres Rouges

A gin made, as we understand it, with juniper and 9 other ingredients including coriander, orange peel, orris root, cinnamon, angelica and cardamom at the Distillerie des Terres Rouges (distillers…  More info

Le Gin 1 & 9
$34.46

7 Dials London Dry Gin

70cl, 46%
London Gin Club

This London dry gin is named after the famous crossroads in the St Giles parish of London. Seven Dials sits between St Giles and Soho. The area was urbanised in the late 1600s where seven streets…  More info

7 Dials London Dry Gin
4
$42.50

Origin - Majdanpek, Serbia

70cl, 46%
Origin

The Origin London Dry Gin range takes a look at the terroir of juniper and how it can affect the flavour profile of a gin. These are single-botanical gins, which each of the expressions being made…  More info

Origin - Majdanpek, Serbia
1
$39.74

Christopher's London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Christopher's

A classic London Dry Gin, Christopher's is a great value-for-money spirit which works nicely in a Gin and Tonic.  More info

Christopher's London Dry Gin
$18.23

SW4 - Batch 47 London Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
SW4

In the time old tradition of naming things after the postcode they were created in (my brother's name is UB8), SW4 is a London dry gin distilled in the capital. The ABV of this smaller batch version…  More info

SW4 - Batch 47 London Dry Gin
$34.74

Foxhole London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Foxhole Spirits

Foxhole Gin features a rather intriguing base spirit, made from the grape marc produced by an English winery in Sussex. The marc (a by-product of winemaking and often simply binned!) is pressed and…  More info

Foxhole London Dry Gin
$43.06

SW4 London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
SW4

A premium and very tasty gin, SW4 is made in the style of the original London Dry Gins from the early 1800s. These original gins work brilliantly with tonic or even just neat…  More info

SW4 London Dry Gin
$24.13

5th Gin Black Air

70cl, 40%
Atmosphera

Most of the 5th Gin range is coloured - Fire is pink/red tinted, Earth has a yellow hue and Water is bright blue! Air, perhaps unsurprisingly, has been left as a clear spirit, but is presented in a…  More info

5th Gin Black Air
$39.56

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
2
$33.11

Ginerosity Gin

50cl, 40%
Pickering's

From Edinburgh's Summerhall Distillery (known for making Pickering's Gin) comes Ginerosity Gin. This is made using a combination of 10 botanicals including juniper, lemon, lime, orange, lemon myrtle,…  More info

Ginerosity Gin
1
$29.58

Thompson’s Small Batch Gin

70cl, 43%
Thompson's

A small batch French gin made using Bordelais grapes alongside a rather intriguing selection of 15 botanicals, which includes vineyard peaches and caviar as well as more traditional gin botanicals.  More info

Thompson’s Small Batch Gin
1
$41.82

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
1
$37.53

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
$25.15

Gin Meridor

70cl, 41.9%
Gin Meridor

Gin Meridor is a London dry gin produced by French distillery, Combier, using a combination of 8 botanicals, including rose, elderflower, juniper, orange and cubeb pepper - among others. Combier are…  More info

Gin Meridor
$45.10

Berkeley Square Gin

70cl, 40%
Berkeley Square

A lovely London Gin named for Berkeley Square, one of the city's most sought after addresses. This premium gin from G and J Greenall is made with botanicals including basil, kaffir lime leaves and…  More info

Berkeley Square Gin
2
$38.63

Finsbury London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Finsbury

Finsbury Dry Gin or 'yellow label' is made with juniper, exotic fruits, herbs and spices.  More info

Finsbury London Dry Gin
$16.58

Ampersand London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Osborne

Ampersand is distilled in England using juniper, coriander, angelica, pepper and the finest Spanish orange and lemon peels (peels by hand and sun-dried). This London Dry Gin is from Osbourne, not to…  More info

Ampersand London Dry Gin
$37.58

Six Ravens Gin

50cl, 46%
Six Ravens

Six Ravens is a German London Dry Gin made using juniper, lemon peel, ginger and coriander. Then name is a reference to the ravens at the Tower of London, which apparently keep the (metaphorical)…  More info

Six Ravens Gin
$41.49

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
3
$32.55

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