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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.

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
3
$36.28

Finger Lime Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company) (70cl)

70cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

Unusual fruit alert! That Boutique-y Gin Company got its hands on some finger limes all the way from Australia for this zesty gin – they look pretty weird, with a texture a bit like caviar, but they…  More info

Finger Lime Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company) (70cl)
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$31.23
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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
2
$28.76

London Square London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
London Square

A crisp, juniper forward London dry gin here, paying tribute to London's marvellous Soho Square. Traditional botanicals such as coriander, angelica root, citrus peel, and fennel help to bolster the…  More info

London Square London Dry Gin
1
$34.30

Opihr Gin Far East Edition

70cl, 43%
Opihr Gin

This spicy expression comes from Opihr Gin's Regional Edition series, which pairs its original recipe with flavours inspired by the spice trade routes of yesteryear. Opihr Gin Far East Edition…  More info

Opihr Gin Far East Edition
2
$26.13

Occitan London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Bordiga

An Italian gin with a long history - the recipe used for this gin dates back to 1888! Produced by the Bordiga distillery (using the same still that this recipe was created in all those years ago!),…  More info

Occitan London Dry Gin
3
$30.22
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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
7
$35.31

Finders London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Finders Spirits

A classic dry gin from Finders, the same folks behind the Sloemotion range! The star botanicals here are lime peel, lemongrass, grapefruit and cassia, making for a citrus-forward but fairly…  More info

Finders London Dry Gin
1
$25.22

Tappers Brightside London Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Tappers

A London dry gin from the Tappers team, with a delicious coastal style to it. Featuring an intriguing trio of sea beet, red clover flowers, and chickweed among its botanical selection, it offers up…  More info

Tappers Brightside London Dry Gin
$34.81

Lytham London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Lytham

A classic London dry gin from the Lytham range from Sandgrown Spirits! You'll find 11 botanicals here, including zesty orange and even local marsh samphire. Its silky texture means it'll stand up…  More info

Lytham London Dry Gin
2
$38.30

Pink 47 Gin

70cl, 47%
OSA Fine Spirits

Pink 47 is a fine London Dry gin made from Italian juniper berries. It includes some exotic botanicals too with two different types of angelica and two different corianders. Lavish. There's also…  More info

Pink 47 Gin
6
$27.23

Bone Idyll London Bone Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Bone Idyll

A smashing London dry gin from Bone Idyll, this classic, juniper-forward expression combines a selection of traditional botanicals for a balanced profile of citrus and soft spice, making it a fab…  More info

Bone Idyll London Bone Dry Gin
$30

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
5
$30.26

Origin - Pljevlja, Montenegro

70cl, 46%
Origin

From the Origin range comes a London Dry Gin which features only one botanical at its core - juniper from Pljevlja, Montenegro. Each of the Origin London Dry Gins are made using juniper from…  More info

Origin - Pljevlja, Montenegro
1
$36.28
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Himbrimi Winterbird Edition Gin

50cl, 40%
Himbrimi

Like Himbrimi Old Tom, the Winterbird Edition marries juniper berries, Arctic thyme and angelica flowers, all of which are hand-picked by founder Óskar Ericsson each summer from the Icelandic…  More info

Himbrimi Winterbird Edition Gin
$33.24

Still Sisters Watercress with a Citrus Twist London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Still Sisters

A superb London dry gin from the Still Sisters team, who have collaborated with another group of drinks fans in their home of Frome, Somerset - namely the team at Flow Bar! It's made with watercress…  More info

Still Sisters Watercress with a Citrus Twist London Dry Gin
$36.28

Gyre & Gimble NoHow London Dry Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Gyre & Gimble

NoHow is a delightfully juniper forward dry gin – a true celebration of the beloved juniper berry! Before distillation, juniper is infused for 48 hours, with another fresh batch added on the day, to…  More info

Gyre & Gimble NoHow London Dry Gin
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$34.05

The Only Way Is Gin

70cl, 40%
The Only Way Is Gin

Shaking off the stereotypes of their home county, the folks behind The Only Way is Gin wanted to showcase the true spirit of Essex, via the medium of gin! Distilled with an array of eight botanicals…  More info

The Only Way Is Gin
1
$37.84

Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon Gin

70cl, 47%
Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire has gone and created a supremely zesty London dry gin featuring sustainably grown Spanish fino lemons, mandarins, and sweet naval oranges from Murcia! As you might expect, this…  More info

Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon Gin
$29.25
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Drebbel Small Batch London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Drebbel

From Dutch gin producer Drebbel comes this marvellous London Dry Gin. Distilled from French grain, it includes a selection of eight botanicals, such as hand-picked citrus fruits. Water is sourced…  More info

Drebbel Small Batch London Dry Gin
$25.17

Hooting Owl Veterans Gin

70cl, 48%
Hooting Owl

Here we have Veterans Gin from Hooting Owl! This boasts the same 14 botanical recipe as the Signature Gin from the Yorkshire distillery, though this one has seen three months of ageing before…  More info

Hooting Owl Veterans Gin
$38.84

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
5
$19.63

Devil's Botany London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Devil's Botany

An attempt to capture the “quintessence” of an 18th century classic, this London Dry Gin from absinthe producer Devil’s Botany is distilled in a copper pot still with a British wheat spirit and…  More info

Devil's Botany London Dry Gin
1
$32.24

Still Sisters Rose & Hibiscus London Dry Gin

50cl, 40%
Still Sisters

A gloriously floral London dry gin from Still Sisters in Frome, Somerset! Featuring a finely-balanced flavour profile boasting fragrant rosehip and tangy hibiscus, alongside classic juniper bite,…  More info

Still Sisters Rose & Hibiscus London Dry Gin
$30.27
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Slingsby London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Slingsby

Slingsby is a London Dry Gin that's proudly from the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. Launched in August 2015, it's made with water from the Harrogate aquifer, pure grain spirit and 24 botanicals and…  More info

Slingsby London Dry Gin
3
$34.30
$31.27
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