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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.

The Guards London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Hawkridge

Attention! The team at Hawkridge Distillers have released this London dry gin as a salute to veterans and injured and fallen soldiers. Designed with the iconic uniforms of the Household Division of…  More info

The Guards London Dry Gin
$40.36

Red.h London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Real English Drinks Distillery

An ace expression from The Real English Drinks Distillery, this gin is distilled with a host of traditional English ingredients. Botanicals include the likes of lemon, juniper, fennel, coriander,…  More info

Red.h London Dry Gin
$29.76

Jim and Tonic London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Jim and Tonic

A classically crisp London dry gin here from Jim and Tonic, featuring a host of botanicals from London, including the likes of apples grown in Kennington Park and linden blossom. G&Ts are are…  More info

Jim and Tonic London Dry Gin
$37.27

VRSD No.1 London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
VRSD

When it comes to making a stand-out Negroni cocktail, selecting a good base gin is a pretty important starting point. This citrus-forward gin has been created specifically with the Negroni in mind,…  More info

VRSD No.1 London Dry Gin
$35.31

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
$37.28

Stag London Dry Gin

50cl, 46%
Stag Gin

Stag London Dry Gin is made using a combination of nine botanicals, including the likes of kumquat, lemongrass, coriander, and rosemary from the producer's own garden. Perfect for a G&T – the…  More info

Stag London Dry Gin
$36.32

English Spirit Treguddick No.1 London Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
English Spirit Distillery

A smashing London dry gin, produced at the English Spirit Distillery's new Cornish site on the grounds of Treguddick Manor. Produced by re-distilling vodka with the likes of juniper, coriander,…  More info

English Spirit Treguddick No.1 London Dry Gin
$40.31

Withers Gin G Force

70cl, 47%
Withers Gin

Add some extra oomph to your next batch of G&Ts with this release from the folks at Withers Gin, who have upped the ABV of its classic London dry Gin for this bold G Force expression! The extra…  More info

Withers Gin G Force
$42.33

Jukebox London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Jukebox

All the way from Islay comes... A gin! Oh yes, the legendary island in the Hebrides isn't just home to great whiskies, but also terrific gin too. This particular bit of juniper-based brilliance is…  More info

Jukebox London Dry Gin
$40.36

Whitley Neill Connoisseur's Cut Gin

70cl, 47%
Whitley Neill

Premium gin from industry stalwart Whitley Neill, bottled at a heady 47% ABV to allow the botanical richness to shine through. A deeply traditional seven botanical recipe incorporating three types of…  More info

Whitley Neill Connoisseur's Cut Gin
$26.19

The Black Farmer Up Country Gin

70cl, 40%
The Black Farmer

A gloriously classic London dry gin here from The Black Farmer! Boasting an array of traditional botanicals, with a generous helping of lemon peel, it really is just ideal for a good old G&T, and…  More info

The Black Farmer Up Country Gin
$39.30

COPR London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
COPR

Marvellous Welsh London dry gin here from the COPR range, featuring a decidedly citrus-forward flavour profile imparted by helpings of pink grapefruit zest. You'll also find some star anise…  More info

COPR London Dry Gin
$38.84

SunBear Gin

70cl, 40%
SunBear Spirits Co.

This fabulous London Dry Gin from SunBear combines the essence of the British countryside with a fusion of flavour from the east. A careful selection of botanicals including lavender, citrus,…  More info

SunBear Gin
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$35.31

Coqlicorne London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Coqlicorne

Produced in an old cider house in Nogent-le-Bernard, France, Coqlicorne London Dry Gin is a wonderfully bold and vibrant expression perfect for your G&Ts. It features the likes of juniper,…  More info

Coqlicorne London Dry Gin
$46.36

Hogmoor Original London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Hogmoor

It's the Original London Dry Gin from the Hogmoor Distillery, with some floral notes alongside the classic juniper, citrus and spice. Get the tonic out, and a sprig of rosemary if you can get your…  More info

Hogmoor Original London Dry Gin
$35.27

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
$40.31

Gin Meridor

70cl, 41.9%
Gin Meridor

Gin Meridor is a London dry gin produced by French distillery, Combier, using a combination of 8 botanicals, including rose, elderflower, juniper, orange and cubeb pepper - among others. Combier are…  More info

Gin Meridor
$41.31

Origin - Kicevo, Macedonia

70cl, 46%
Origin

This is an Origin London Dry Gin which has been produced using juniper from Kicevo, Macedonia. These single botanical gins are made to allow gin enthusiasts to explore the impact that juniper's…  More info

Origin - Kicevo, Macedonia
1
$36.28
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Cross Stream London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Cross Stream

From a husband and wife distilling duo over in Marlow, Buckinghamshire comes Cross Stream London Dry Gin! It's produced in batches of just 30 bottles boasting 10 botanicals, with the usual suspects…  More info

Cross Stream London Dry Gin
4
$38.30

Molotov London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.6%
Molotov Gin

Molotov London Dry Gin comes to us all the way from Yorkshire, made with a delicious medley of botanicals, including juniper, orange, fresh grapefruit, nutmeg, lemongrass, fennel seed, ginger, lime…  More info

Molotov London Dry Gin
42
$37.28

English Drinks Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
English Drinks Company

The English Drinks Company has made its very own London Dry Gin, featuring a classic core of juniper, complemented by nine botanical companions. This includes the likes of coriander, liquorice and…  More info

English Drinks Company London Dry Gin
1
$30.27

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
$40.36

Origin - Dragash, Kosovo

70cl, 46%
Origin

A single botanical gin from the Origin range here. In fact, every gin in said range is single botanical, as they are all made only using juniper. However, the juniper from each batch is sourced from…  More info

Origin - Dragash, Kosovo
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$36.28
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Gin de Charente London Dry Batch

70cl, 40%
Gin de Charente

Excellent London dry gin all the way from Cognac. Not only is it made in the Cognac Region, Gin de Charente is also made with a similar distillation method to Cognac, using copper pot stills. Look…  More info

Gin de Charente London Dry Batch
$36.28

Magpie Hill London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Magpie Hill

Magpie Hill London Dry Gin features an infusion of gorse flower, which are hand-picked from... Magpie Hill! Reckon that's where the name from. Anyway, there's a helping of honey in here too,…  More info

Magpie Hill London Dry Gin
$40.31

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