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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.

Lumber's Bartholomew London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Lumber's Bartholomew

Lumber's Bartholomew London Dry gin was launched in 2018 by Pete Lumber, from whom the brand takes its name. The traditional gin marries 11 balanced botanicals, with juniper clearly leading. It is…  More info

Lumber's Bartholomew London Dry Gin
$46.19

Juni 93 London Dry Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Juni93

Crafted with organic Serbian juniper berries, Juni 93 London Dry gin is named so because it took 93 attempts to create the perfect recipe. Juniper is clearly the prized botanical in this gin,…  More info

Juni 93 London Dry Gin
$38.47

Belgin Spéciale Gin

50cl, 41.4%
Belgin

Belgin Spéciale Gin contains a hefty recipe of 17 botanicals, includeing Juniper, Belgian hops, lavender, thyme, lemon and lime. The plethora of botanicals are distilled in an alembic still, creating…  More info

Belgin Spéciale Gin
$27.80

Scout & Sage London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Scout & Sage

Scout & Sage is the brainchild of Holly Bower, set up in 2018, and this London Dry Gin is the first gin to be distilled at her micro distillery in Wiltshire in her traditional copper pot still named…  More info

Scout & Sage London Dry Gin
$37.98

Yorkshire Dales Purple Ram London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Yorkshire Dales Distillery

A London Dry gin from the folks at Yorkshire Dales Distillery. This stuff distilled not once, not twice, but four times! It features select Yorkshire botanicals, including artisan local honey. A…  More info

Yorkshire Dales Purple Ram London Dry Gin
$41.77

Westminster Celebrated London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Reid Stuart & Co.

A 1970s bottling of Westminster Celebrated London Dry Gin, produced by Reid Stuart & Co. in England's capital. It appropriately features a picture of the Palace of Westminster on the label. Obviously.  More info

Westminster Celebrated London Dry Gin - 1970s
$198.17

Keckeis Gin

50cl, 45%
Keckeis

Keckeis London Dry gin is handmade in Rankweil, Austria, using 24 botanicals including juniper, coriander, citrus fruits and their flowers. All in a rather minimalist green bottle.  More info

Keckeis Gin
$43.98

Crespo London Dry Gin

70cl, 45%
Crespo

Crespo London Dry Gin is made with sugarcane from tropical plantations and is triple distilled. It combines 11 botanicals from four continents, marrying juniper, lemon, cinnamon, and liquorice, to…  More info

Crespo London Dry Gin
$37.98

Sünner Dry Gin No.260

70cl, 43%
Sünner

A London dry gin from Germany, Sünner Dry Gin No.260 features botanicals such as juniper berries, lavender, lemon and bitter orange, and has been bottled at 43% ABV.  More info

Sünner Dry Gin No.260
$34.07

Steinhauser See Gin

70cl, 48%
Steinhauser

See Gin is a London dry gin that was produced in Germany by the superb Steinhauser. It's proved very popular since its release (especially in a classic G&T), and has received numerous accolades and…  More info

Steinhauser See Gin
$49.49

Oro Ibiza Gin

70cl, 43.2%
Oro Ibiza

Oro Ibiza Gin was distilled by Susanne Straubinger-Meiller, who had spent a long time living in Ibiza and was inspired to create her own gin back based on the culture and flavours of the island. This…  More info

Oro Ibiza Gin
$54.98

Gordon's Special Dry London Gin (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 40%
Gordon's

If you think a 1 litre, 1980s edition of Gordon's Dry London Gin is impressive, then you'll love this non-expert edition of their London dry gin, presented in the classic Gordon's green. This…  More info

Gordon's Special Dry London Gin (1L) - 1980s
$237.80
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Burnett's Premium Strength London Dry Gin - 1990s

70cl, 50%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A collectible bottling of Burnett's Premium Strength London Dry Gin (made by the same folks behind the famous White Satin London Dry Gin), which we reckon was produced in the 1990s. Bottled at 50%,…  More info

Burnett's Premium Strength London Dry Gin - 1990s
$132.11
$66.06

Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin Gift Pack with Glass - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

Look, people gave gifts of booze and glassware to each other all the way back in the 1970s! How times haven't changed, eh? Anyway, this is a bottle of Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin, along with…  More info

Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin Gift Pack with Glass - 1970s
$132.11

Gilbey's London Dry Gin - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Gilbey's

This 1980s bottling of the well-known Gilbey's London Dry Gin was produced and bottled in London. Please note: This particular bottle has a low fill level. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Gilbey's London Dry Gin - 1980s
$132.11

Origin - Pastuh, Bulgaria

70cl, 46%
Origin

From the Origin range, this is a gin made only using one botanical - juniper. Each edition is made using juniper from a different location, allowing gin enthusiasts to explore the fascinating changes…  More info

Origin - Pastuh, Bulgaria
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$39.58
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Origin - Zlatibor, Serbia

70cl, 46%
Origin

A single-botanical Origin London Dry Gin, made using juniper which was grown in Zlatibor, Serbia. The Origin range lets gin enthusiasts explore the impact that juniper's terroir (or origin) has on…  More info

Origin - Zlatibor, Serbia
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$39.58
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Oldmoor London Dry Gin 75cl - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Oldmoor Blending Co

This is a bottle of Oldmoor London Dry Gin, produced for the Italian market back in the 1960s. The label design looks rather similar to that of Gilbey's... This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Oldmoor London Dry Gin 75cl - 1960s
$132.11

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin (43%) - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Gilbey's

This is an antique bottle of Gilbey's London Dry Gin, produced for the European market. It was made in the 1970s and bottled at 43% ABV. Sadly, over the years the label has acquired a battle-scar in…  More info

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin (43%) - 1970s
$132.11

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Greenall's Gin

Look into the history of Greenall's London Dry Gin with this bottle of their juniper libation, which we believe to have been produce in the 1980s. The bottle is in good condition, although we must…  More info

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin - 1980s
$132.11

Seager’s London Dry Gin - 1960s

Seagers of London

A bottle of Seager's London Dry Gin, produced in the 1960s, which was around the time that the company who made this gin bought the Laphroaig distillery through Long John Distillery. Please note…  More info

Seager’s London Dry Gin - 1960s
$132.11
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Curtis London Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Curtis Distillery Co Ltd

Bottled in the 1960s, this bottle of Curtis London Dry Gin has your name on it. Of course, this only applies to people called Curtis. Otherwise, it's still a very attractive piece of spirit history.  More info

Curtis London Dry Gin - 1960s
$132.11
$66.06

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Gilbey's

This 1970s bottling of the well-known Gilbey's London Dry Gin was produced in Italy and is presented at 43% abv in a 75cl bottle. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin - 1970s
$132.11

Origin - Cerem, Albania

70cl, 46%
Origin

An Origin gin which has been produced with juniper that was grown in Cerem, Albania! These gins are produced only using juniper, with each batch using juniper from a different location, allowing gin…  More info

Origin - Cerem, Albania
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$39.58
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Robert Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A fine looking 1980s gin bottle here, White Satin from Sir Robert Burnett & Co., by this point a Seagram brand. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Robert Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin - 1980s
$132.11

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