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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.

Beefeater London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Beefeater

Beefeater London Dry Gin was first made in 1820 by James Burroughs. It is still, to this day, made to the same recipe. Great in a martini, this is a spiced, fruity gin.  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin
11
$19.29

Half Crown London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.6%
Half Crown

A classic London Dry style gin, Half Crown distilled this edition in small batches in a traditional copper pot still. It was named to honour the eccentric English peer Lord Rokeby, whose favourite…  More info

Half Crown London Dry Gin
$23.52

The Botanical's

70cl, 42.5%
The Botanicals

The Botanical's is made with a secret blend of 14 botanicals including juniper, coriander seeds, orange, lemon and grapefruit peels, orris root, cinnamon and cassia. It's distilled at Langley's.  More info

The Botanical's
$46.02
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Larios Ginebra Mediterránea

70cl, 37.5%
Larios

Larios Dry Gin, now renamed Larios Ginebra Mediterránea, with its handsome new packaging aimed at a new generation in the Mediterranean where gin is thriving. The best selling gin in Spain, the…  More info

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea
5
$17.73

Sublime Zebra Gin

70cl, 45%
Sublime

The Zebra - perhaps the most stripey species of the equids. Sublime Zebra Gin - perhaps the most stripey gin. It's produced in Yateley using a selection of botanicals including crushed macadamia nuts…  More info

Sublime Zebra Gin
2
$42.81
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Richmond London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Richmond Distillers

Richmond London Dry Gin is a fairly basic gin that would be suited for use in cocktails rather than enjoying neat.  More info

Richmond London Dry Gin
$12.91

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Tanqueray No. Ten

3cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

Give your Christmas tree a hearty helping of wonderful juniper tastiness with Drinks by the Dram's Gin Baubles. This is a single plastic bauble containing a wax-sealed 30ml sample dram of Tanqueray…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Tanqueray No. Ten
$7.07

Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin 40%

70cl, 40%
The Organic Spirits Company

Want all the flavour of the delicious Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin, but with a little more punch? The you're in luck, as the ABV of this beauty is a cool 40%, an increase on the previous…  More info

Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin 40%
$21.37

Ampersand London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Ampersand

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

Ampersand London Dry Gin
$36.43
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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
21
$23.99
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Double-Barrelled Gin - Cotswolds (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
Cotswolds

A cask-aged London dry gin from the Cotwolds distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Gin Company. This has been aged in both first-fill ex-bourbon casks and ex-red wine casks, resulting in a bold…  More info

Double-Barrelled Gin - Cotswolds (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
1
$46.02
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Prütt Kaffee Gin

50cl, 45%
Prütt Kaffee Gin

An intriguing German gin, featuring coffee as a botanical! The distillers use Yirgacheffe coffee beans from Ethiopia, which are roasted and combined with a selection of 12 traditional gin botanicals,…  More info

Prütt Kaffee Gin
1
$42.84
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CitroLondon Dry Gin - Fifty Eight Gin Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 44%
58 Distillery

The Fifty Eight Gin Distillery has teamed up with esteemed drinks writer Ian Buxton (author of 101 Gins to Try Before You Die and 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die) to create CitroLondon Dry Gin!…  More info

CitroLondon Dry Gin - Fifty Eight Gin Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
$37.44
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Savage Particularly Dry London Gin

70cl, 43%
Savage

Savage Particularly Dry London Gin was produced by Thames Distillers back in the 1970s, but over the years it disappeared from shelves. However, folks from New Generation have worked with Thames…  More info

Savage Particularly Dry London Gin
$31.61

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
5
$41.20

Glen's London Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Glen Catrine Distillers

A Scottish dry gin made by Glen Catrine Distillers.  More info

Glen's London Extra Dry Gin
2
$16.07
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South Bank London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Southbank

A London Dry Gin named for the Southbank. This is great value for money, and is intended as a mixing product.  More info

South Bank London Dry Gin
3
$18.80

W&H Botanic Premium London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Williams & Humbert

This is the 40% bottling of the London Dry Gin from Williams & Humbert, who are perhaps more well-known for their Spanish brandies. This refreshing tipple features botanicals such as juniper,…  More info

W&H Botanic Premium London Dry Gin
$37.51
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Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin

70cl, 40%
Two Birds

Following on from their excellent London Dry Gin comes this Speciality Cocktail version, made with the same botanicals but with a bigger juniper kick. Needless to say, it's rather good in cocktails.  More info

Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin
1
$31.68
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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
$17.67

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
$21.71

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
2
$38.52

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Greenall's Gin

Greenall's Gin is a smooth, crisp, easy-going sort of a gin which works well as a mixer in a Gin and Tonic…  More info

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin
24
$16.81

Barber's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Barber's

Barber Gin harks back to a different age when barbers used gin as a shaving lotion. It's a simple but sublime expression that was three times distilled in copper-pot stills using traditional…  More info

Barber's London Dry Gin
$25.67

Origin - Prishtinë, Kosovo

70cl, 46%
Origin

This is one of the range of gins from the Origin series, which explores the impact that juniper's terroir (or its origin) can have on a gin's flavour profile. Each expression is made with juniper…  More info

Origin - Prishtinë, Kosovo
1
$38.52
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