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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.

1881 London Dry Hydro Gin

70cl, 40%
1881 Distillery

Here we have the 1881 London Dry Hydro Gin, produced at the Peebles Hydro! With 12 botanicals, hawthorn, birch, fir and citrus are at the core of this one (alongside juniper, of course), so it's a…  More info

1881 London Dry Hydro Gin
$28.38
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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)
4
$40.50

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
$36.45

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
$38.01

55 Above Orange 42 London Dry Gin

50cl, 42%
55 Above

A citrus-forward (specifically orange) gin from 55 Above, dubbed Orange 42! The zesty spirit combines both tangerines and Seville orange peel. We reckon a herbaceous tonic will do this one very well,…  More info

55 Above Orange 42 London Dry Gin
$28.33

57° SKYE Earth & Sea London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
57° Skye

Produced on the breathtaking Isle of Skye, this tremendous gin boasts a brilliant balance of botanicals to reflect these wild surroundings. Earthen juniper brings a peppery warmth with soft wafts of…  More info

57° SKYE Earth & Sea London Dry Gin
$42.53

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
$30.40
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Abingdon London Dry Gin

50cl, 40%
Abingdon

Hailing from Oxford, Abingdon Gin is the brainchild of a couple distilling duo, marrying cardamom and fennel alongside other traditional botanicals. Whack this one in a G&T with a good wedge of pink…  More info

Abingdon London Dry Gin
2
$32.39

aGeINg (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company's aGeINg is something that ought to be very intriguing to the inquisitive gin nerd. The gin within the bottle is a wonderful recipe full of classic gin botanicals…  More info

aGeINg (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
2
$40.50

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
$25.29
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Ashbourne Gin

70cl, 44%
Ashbourne Gin

Paul Duke, owner of Artisan bar in Ashbourne teamed up with Derbyshire Distillery to create this gin! The star botanical is cherry green sencha tea, which shines alongside other more traditional…  More info

Ashbourne Gin
$39.49

Assay London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
Sheffield Distillery

From the Sheffield Distillery comes Assay London Dry Gin, made with a combination of 18 botanicals including the likes of juniper, pink peppercorns, bay leaf, orange peel, and more. Enjoyably spicy…  More info

Assay London Dry Gin
1
$38.48

Bandmaster London Dry Gin

50cl, 40%
Bandsman

Another expression from The Gentlemen Distillers in Lincolnshire — Bandmaster London Dry Gin was made by adapting the recipe from the original Bandsman Gin to create a crisp London dry gin! The…  More info

Bandmaster London Dry Gin
1
$30.36

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
$25.74

Bashall Spirits London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Bashall Spirits

Up in Lancashire, the folks at Bashall Spirits had a gaze around the moorland surrounding their distillery to find inspiration for this London Dry Gin. It boasts 11 botanicals including cranberry,…  More info

Bashall Spirits London Dry Gin
$38.48

Batch Just The Ticket Gin

70cl, 45%
Batch Spirits

A London dry gin from the Batch Spirits team that balances savoury juniper and fragrant citrus notes wonderfully. The label was made in honour of the former master distiller, Ollie. Presumably he was…  More info

Batch Just The Ticket Gin
$37.46

Beckett's London Dry Gin - Spirited

70cl, 44%
Beckett's

Beckett's has turned things up a notch with their London dry gin, resulting in this Spirited expression! It follows a similar recipe to their Type 1097, including English juniper, Kingston…  More info

Beckett's London Dry Gin - Spirited
$36.60

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
$29.75

Bedrock Gin Export Strength

70cl, 46.4%
Bedrock Gin

A London dry gin that features botanicals such as juniper, angelica root, orange peel, coriander and liquorice, spring water from the western Lake District and a hefty bottling strength of 46.4% ABV.…  More info

Bedrock Gin Export Strength
2
$40.24

Beefeater 24

70cl, 45%
Beefeater

A more recent addition to the Beefeater range. When creating Beefeater 24, Desmond Payne knew he had to come up with something totally different for his selection of botanicals. He used tea! The 12…  More info

Beefeater 24
15
$25.85

Beefeater London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Beefeater

Beefeater London Dry Gin is a classic gin that has been around since the 1820s. It's made with juniper, coriander, and citrus peel, and it has a crisp, clean flavour that makes it perfect for…  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin
20
$17.01

Beefeater London Dry Gin 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Beefeater

A magnum bottle of Beefeater. This is a classic London Dry Gin created by James Burroughs in 1820. It is still made to the same recipe. Very flavoursome and spicy.  More info

Beefeater London Dry Gin 1.5l
$41.74

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
$19.72

Benjamin Hall London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Benjamin Hall

Benjamin Hall was a native Welshman, who oversaw the restoration of the Houses of Parliament after a fire in 1834. Some also say that Big Ben is even named after him, as he was a rather tall fellow.…  More info

Benjamin Hall London Dry Gin
32
$20.78

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.6%
Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd have enlisted the help of Charles Maxwell to recreate a gin produced by the wine and spirits merchants many moons ago. One bottle of the gin remains, which they have dated back to…  More info

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin
$30.36

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