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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.

Chelsea Royal London Dry Gin

70cl, 43.1%
The Chelsea Gin Co.

This expression was made with natural ingredients without any flavourings or colourings added after the distillation process, and a botanical selection including juniper, coriander, angelica,…  More info

Chelsea Royal London Dry Gin
$31.01

Burnett's White Satin London Gin Gift Pack with Glass (40%) - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A gift pack from Burnett's produced for the Spanish market in the 1970s. It contains a bottle of their famous White Satin London Gin (bottled at 40% ABV) alongside a branded glass. This bottle was…  More info

Burnett's White Satin London Gin Gift Pack with Glass (40%) - 1970s
$198.97

Seven Pillars Barbers London Dry Gin

75cl, 43%
Seven Pillars

An antique bottle of Seven Pillars barbers London Dry Gin. We can only assume this was made specially for either people that cut hair or people with the last name Barber. No idea what would happen if…  More info

Seven Pillars Barbers London Dry Gin
$132.65

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
$238.76

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
$132.65

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
$198.97

Gordon's Special Dry London Gin - 1990s

70cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

It's a 1990s bottling of Gordon's Special Dry London Gin. A collectible piece for the Gordon's aficionados. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Gordon's Special Dry London Gin - 1990s
$132.65

Caves Monte Crasto London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 42%
Justino de Sampaio

An old and rare 42% yellow label bottling of Caves Monte Crasto London Dry Gin from Portuguese producer Justino de Sampaio, thought to date from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Caves Monte Crasto London Dry Gin - 1970s
$198.97

Cruiser London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Cruiser

A 75cl bottle of Cruiser Gin from Southwark Distillers, thought to date from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Cruiser London Dry Gin - 1970s
$198.97

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...  More info

Oldmoor London Dry Gin 75cl - 1960s
$238.76

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
$198.97

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
$179.07

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
$159.18

Gordon's Special Dry London Gin (40%) - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Gordon's

No need to time travel to get your 1980s Gordon's gin, we've already done that for you. We're pretty good at time travelling, us.  More info

Gordon's Special Dry London Gin (40%) - 1980s
$159.18

Gordon's London Dry Gin 38% - 1970s

70cl, 38%
Gordon's

A bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin, made for the Italian market in the 1970s.  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin 38%  - 1970s
$198.97

Gordon's London Dry Gin 1.125l - 1970s

112cl, 47.3%
Gordon's

1.125 litres of Gordon's London Dry Gin from the 1970s. "The Heart of a Good Cocktail" the bottle proclaims, and we couldn't agree more.  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin 1.125l - 1970s
$298.46

Holloway’s London Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Wright & Holloway

A bottle of Holloway's London Dry Gin from the 1960s, with an illustration of one of the Queen's Guard on the label. Did you know that if you type into Google "who stands", one of the autocomplete…  More info

Holloway’s London Dry Gin - 1960s
$238.76

Gordon's London Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 47%
Gordon's

Classic Gordon's London Dry Gin from the 1960s. Distilled when all of Gordon's Gin was produced at their Goswell Road site, before they moved to Basildon in Essex and, eventually, Fife in Scotland.  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin - 1960s
$238.76

Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1.75l - early 1970s

175cl, 40%
Gordon's

Gordon’s Gin that was distilled and bottled in the US in the early 1970s. This handsome 1.75 litre bottle has a handle on the back.  More info

Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1.75l - early 1970s
$464.26

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 46.2%
Gilbey's

A 1970s bottling of Gilbey’s London Dry Gin, produced in Italy. It was bottled at 46.2%.  More info

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin - 1970s
$198.97

Milton London Dry Gin - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Milton

This may be a London Dry Gin but it is actually made in Spain in the 1970's and is a collectable item.  More info

Milton London Dry Gin - 1970s
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$198.97

Gordon's London Dry Gin 1.125L - 1970s (Low Fill Level)

112cl, 47.3%
Gordon's

This is a large, antique bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin from the 1970s, featuring the classic yellow label and boar's head emblem. Unfortunately some of the gin has leaked out of the bottle,…  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin 1.125L - 1970s (Low Fill Level)
$198.97

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
$238.76

Seagers of London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 47%
Seagers of London

This is a very rare and decidedly retro dry gin made by Seagers of London in the 1970s. Great for making an antique Dry Gin Martini!  More info

Seagers of London Dry Gin - 1970s
$198.97

Gordon's London Dry Gin - 1990s

100cl, 40%
Gordon's

A 1990s bottling of Gordon's 'Special' London Dry Gin, proudly sporting its boar's head logo!  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin - 1990s
$132.65

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