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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.

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - CitroLondon Dry Gin - Fifty Eight Gin Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

3cl, 44%
58 Distillery

Picture the scene: you have won a Christmas cracker duel. You excited look within your cracker, only to discover the prize is a thimble. Disappointment occurs. However, if that Christmas cracker this…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - CitroLondon Dry Gin - Fifty Eight Gin Distillery (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
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Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Tanqueray No. Ten

3cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

Give your Christmas tree a hearty helping of wonderful juniper tastiness with Drinks by the Dram's Gin Baubles. This is a single plastic bauble containing a wax-sealed 30ml sample dram of Tanqueray…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Tanqueray No. Ten
$7.27

South Bank London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Southbank

A London Dry Gin named for the Southbank. This is great value for money, and is intended as a mixing product.  More info

South Bank London Dry Gin
3
$14.73

London Hill Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
London Hill

A premium gin which was awarded Golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competitions in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The judges described it as "the epitome of London Dry Gin".  More info

London Hill Dry Gin
3
$16.51
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Glen's London Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Glen Catrine Distillers

A Scottish dry gin made by Glen Catrine Distillers.  More info

Glen's London Extra Dry Gin
2
$16.51
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Finsbury London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Finsbury

Finsbury Dry Gin or 'yellow label' is made with juniper, exotic fruits, herbs and spices.  More info

Finsbury London Dry Gin
$16.51
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Larios Ginebra Mediterránea

70cl, 37.5%
Larios

Larios Dry Gin, now renamed Larios Ginebra Mediterránea, with its handsome new packaging aimed at a new generation in the Mediterranean where gin is thriving. The best selling gin in Spain, the…  More info

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea
5
$17.06

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Greenall's Gin

Greenall's Gin is a smooth, crisp, easy-going sort of a gin which works well as a mixer in a Gin and Tonic…  More info

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin
24
$17.27

Gordon's Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

An absolute classic dry gin, Gordon's is one of the best selling spirits in the world, and was first created in 1769, and the recipe hasn't changed since! This is a triple-distilled gin flavoured…  More info

Gordon's Gin
3
$17.50
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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
$19.66

Leilys London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Leilys

London dry gin from Portuguese brand Leilys, triple distilled and bottled at 37.5% abv.  More info

Leilys London Dry Gin
1
$19.76

J.J. Whitley London Dry Gin

70cl, 38.6%
J.J. Whitley

A classically-juniper forward London dry gin from the J.J. Whitley range, produced by Halewood International. Quite smooth, and with plenty of citrus peels to back up the peppery juniper - this'll be…  More info

J.J. Whitley London Dry Gin
$21.42
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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
$21.45

Rives Original London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Rives

Rives Original London Dry Gin comes to us from Spain, but their botanicals come to them from all over the world. This includes juniper from the Mediterranean, Chinese liquorice, Italian orris root,…  More info

Rives Original London Dry Gin
$21.96
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Broker's Gin

70cl, 40%
Broker's

A fine and tasty gin which has been lauded by critics, Broker's is made with herbs, spices and fruits imported from three continents and blended to be extra dry - yes, that's right people, this is…  More info

Broker's Gin
17
$22.01
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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
$22.30

Tanqueray Export Strength 43.1%

70cl, 43.1%
Tanqueray

The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. It boasts a phenomenally fruity, spicy palate with big zesty, citrusy top notes which make this gin the perfect all-rounder.  More info

Tanqueray Export Strength 43.1%
4
$22.51
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SW4 London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
SW4

A premium and very tasty gin, SW4 is made in the style of the original London Dry Gins from the early 1800s. These original gins work brilliantly with tonic or even just neat…  More info

SW4 London Dry Gin
$24.03
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East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
East London Liquor Company

The signature gin from the East London Liquor Company, a distillery based in Bow Wharf (right near Victoria Park, for those of you that know the area). This London Dry Gin is made with 100% British…  More info

East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin
10
$24.16
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Hayman's London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.2%
Hayman Distillers

Hayman's London Dry Gin is produced to a family recipe which is over 150 years old. These days, this gin is produced in London (following the Hayman's base of operations moving from essex in 2018),…  More info

Hayman's London Dry Gin
1
$24.20

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin

70cl, 42%
Portobello Star

This gin was released by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin, so you would expect Portobello Road No.…  More info

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
14
$24.22
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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
$24.22
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Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Gin Lane 1751

Gin Lane 1751 is a range of gins that hark back to the Victorian era in both style and flavour profile, created by the Bloomsbury Club and Charles Maxwell from Thames Distillers. The name is a…  More info

Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Gin
2
$24.59
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Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Thames Distillers

This is a very interesting London Dry Gin which is made to a recipe discovered by a Lieutenant Colonel Fox in 1859. The Colonel was a celebrated war hero, and today his name lives on in the form of…  More info

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin
$25.05
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Pink 47 Gin

70cl, 47%
Old St Andrews

Pink 47 is a fine London Dry gin made from Italian juniper berries. It includes some exotic botanicals too with two different types of angelica and two different corianders. Lavish. There's also…  More info

Pink 47 Gin
4
$25.26
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