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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.

1606 Gin

70cl, 43%
1606 Gin

A special gin conceived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, close to our offices, and made using the spa town's spring water. The creators also grow and pick their own organic lemons and oranges in Spain,…  More info

1606 Gin
$40.39
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1897 Quinine Gin

70cl, 45.8%
1897 Quinine Gin

1897 Quinine Gin is an exciting, innovative London Dry Gin which has been made using cinchona bark - the natural and traditional source of quinine - as well as cold distilled fresh lemon and…  More info

1897 Quinine Gin
8
$43.66
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3 Pugs London Dry Gin

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
1
$40.03
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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)
$43.66
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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
$39.11
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6 O'clock Gin - Jekka McVicar Edition

70cl, 40%
6 o'Clock

What happens when you take 6 O’clock Gin and add the herbal expertise of Jekka McVicar? You get 6 O'clock Gin - Jekka McVicar Edition, of course!. Made in small batches at the family-run…  More info

6 O'clock Gin - Jekka McVicar Edition
$40.39

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
$42.02
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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 (peeled by hand and sun-dried). This London Dry Gin is from Osbourne, not to…  More info

Ampersand London Dry Gin
$37.16
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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
$32.19
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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
$26.18

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
$43.44

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
$38.19

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

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1
$33.29
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Bedrock Gin

70cl, 40%
Bedrock Gin

Bedrock Gin is inspired by the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Lake District, produced by Spirit of the lakes. This London dry gin is made using botanicals including juniper, orange, lemon,…  More info

Bedrock Gin
1
$30.57
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Beefeater (50cl) - 1990s

50cl, 47%
Beefeater

A collectable 50cl bottle of the classic London Dry Gin from Beefeater that was produced sometime in the 1990s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Beefeater (50cl) - 1990s
$85.26

Beefeater 100cl - 1990s

100cl, 47%
Beefeater

A big Beefeater from the 1990s. This collectible 100cl bottle of the classic London Dry Gin is in great condition and would make many fine Gin Martinis.  More info

Beefeater 100cl - 1990s
$177.07

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
13
$28.24

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
$19.67

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
$41.21

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
$21.68

Berkeley Square Gin (Old Bottling)

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 distilled in copper pot stills.  More info

Berkeley Square Gin (Old Bottling)
2
$38.19

Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.6%
Berry Brothers and 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
$27.27

Bimber London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Bimber

A London Dry Gin from the Bimber Distillery in London, made using their four-times distilled wheat vodka and a combination of 10 botanicals.  More info

Bimber London Dry Gin
$36.02
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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
$22.14

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
$24.74
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