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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.

Salcombe Gin - Start Point

70cl, 44%
Salcombe

Salcombe Gin is produced in a 450 litre Arnold Holstein still charmingly named Provident, and made with thirteen botanicals including Macedonian juniper, fresh lemon, lime and red grapefruit peels,…  More info

Salcombe Gin - Start Point
6
$44.16

Bathtub Gin - Navy-Strength

70cl, 57%
Ableforth's

This is the Navy-Strength edition of the famous Bathtub Gin from Ableforth's. As well as boasting a higher ABV than the original Bathtub Gin, this edition also has a bigger botanical punch thanks to…  More info

Bathtub Gin - Navy-Strength
8
$48.58

Horse Guards London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Horse Guards

A London dry gin made using a combination of juniper, coriander, angelica, orange peel, grapefruit peel and cardamom. The inspiration for the name comes from Britain's Horse Guards formed by King…  More info

Horse Guards London Dry Gin
7
$35.92

Elephant Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin

Elephant Dry Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include some rather unusual but fascinating African ingredients like Baobab, the Buchu plant, Devil's Claw and African Wormwood. With…  More info

Elephant Dry Gin
17
$33.11

Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46.6%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

A gin made solely with botanicals that have been sent to space? Yeah, go on then! Juniper, coriander, cubeb pepper, fresh lemon peel, chamomile flowers, cardamom, dried bitter orange peel, cinnamon,…  More info

Moonshot Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
7
$36.42

Kew Organic Gin

70cl, 46%
The London Distillery Company

An organic gin that's the result of a partnership between The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the makers of the rather tasty Dodd's Gin (The London Distillery Company). Foraged seasonal flora from…  More info

Kew Organic Gin
5
$32.34

Silver Fox Gin

70cl, 40%
Silver Fox

Silver Fox Gin was created using a combination of 8 carefully selection botanicals, including juniper, cassia, coriander, orange, lemon, orris, angelica and liquorice. The spirit itself was distilled…  More info

Silver Fox Gin
2
$27.58

Darnley's Spiced Gin

70cl, 42.7%
Wemyss Malts

This cinnamon and nutmeg led London Dry Gin from Wemyss is bottled at 42.7% to add to its warming character.  More info

Darnley's Spiced Gin
4
$33.53

Swedish Rose Gin - Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

50cl, 46.2%
Hernö

The best London Dry Gin in the world? That's what the IWSC thought, awarding it The London Dry Gin Trophy for 2017! An independent bottling of fantastic Hernö from That Boutique-y Gin Company! The…  More info

Swedish Rose Gin - Hernö (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
2
$41.94

GWYR Gower Gin

70cl, 43%
The Gower Gin Company

A delicious Welsh gin from The Gower Gin Company, made using a combination of eight botanicals - including juniper, lemon, pink grapefruit, bronze fennel and green fennel. A good balance of savoury…  More info

GWYR Gower Gin
9
$44.16

No.3 Gin

70cl, 46%
Berry Brothers and Rudd

A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. Made to a special recipe, the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. With juniper at its heart, it's also made with three…  More info

No.3 Gin
10
$36.46

Newton House Gin

70cl, 43.2%
Newton House

London Dry Gin from Somerset's Newton House. Created by Robin and Jane Cannon, Newton House Gin's recipe was crafted in a 10 litre still called Hermione, though now production takes place in its big…  More info

Newton House Gin
2
$39.61

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (70cl)

70cl, 44%
Warner Edwards

Produced on the Falls Farm in Northamptonshire by Warner Edwards, Harrington Dry is a delicious gin. It's based on barley spirit which is flavoured with eleven botanicals sourced from farms in Wales…  More info

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (70cl)
15
$35.85

Fishers Gin

50cl, 44%
Fishers Gin

London dry gin from the Suffolk coast, made with a barley base alongside classic gin botanicals (juniper, cardamom, orange and lemon peels) as well as some not-so-classic botanicals - spignel, rock…  More info

Fishers Gin
1
$44.16

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
1
$25.22

Tanqueray No. Ten

70cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

An incredible small batch London dry gin made in pot still number 10. Tanqueray Number 10 is citrussy and full bodied.  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten
5
$33.64

Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Greensand Ridge

A London Dry Gin from the Greensand Ridge Distillery just outside Shipbourne (only a short jaunt north from MoM Towers!), made using a selection of eight botanicals that grow within a mile of the…  More info

Greensand Ridge London Dry Gin
4
$38.63

NB Gin

70cl, 42%
NB Distillery ltd

NB Gin is made in North Berwick, Scotland, by a husband and wife distilling duo using a still which was custom-built in London. The gin itself is made from 100% British grain spirit and 8 carefully…  More info

NB Gin
6
$31.50

Sacred Gin

70cl, 40%
Sacred Spirits Company

Sacred Gin is a hand made gin produced in small batches in London by Ian Hart. It is made with citrus, juniper, cardamom, nutmeg and Hougari frankincense as well as 7 other botanicals. In 2009 it was…  More info

Sacred Gin
8
$34.63

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.

70cl, 57.7%
Sipsmith

All hail the juniper berry! If, like us, you think the juniper berry is a proper champion of the botanical world, then you'll love Sipsmith's V.J.O.P., which is jam packed with the fresh, peppery…  More info

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
5
$44.81

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
$40.48

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper

50cl, 59.8%
Crossbill Highland Distillery

Crossbill distillery, at the time of writing, is the only gin producer in Britain that enjoys access to fresh juniper for their spirits literally at their door. On discovering that one of their…  More info

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper
3
$93.90

Mombasa Club London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.5%
Mombasa

Mombasa Club London Dry Gin tales its name from a private social club founded in 1885, whom imported gin from England to the island of Zanzibar for their members to enjoy. Mombasa Club London Dry Gin…  More info

Mombasa Club London Dry Gin
2
$39.69

The East India Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
The East India Company

You may know the East India Company more for their extensive selection of teas, but now they're exploring a different delicious drink - gin! Their very own London Dry Gin ought do well in a G&T or…  More info

The East India Company London Dry Gin
1
$38.63

Kokoro Gin

70cl, 42%
Kokoro

Kokoro Gin is a London dry gin made with a selection of botanicals that includes fresh Sansho berries, which are popular in Japanese cuisine.  More info

Kokoro Gin
4
$33.11

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