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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

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10
$40.52
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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
6
RRP $36.69
$29.62
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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
21
$32.09
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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
8
$35.78
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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
7
$30.16
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Little Bird London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.6%
Little Bird

Little Bird is made using 10 carefully selected botanicals, resulting in a well rounded, citrus-forward London Dry Gin that goes just splendidly in a classic G&T and other bright, gin-based…  More info

Little Bird London Dry Gin
8
$32.97

Sabatini Gin

70cl, 41.3%
Sabatini

Sabatini Gin exudes Tuscan style from all angles, with its selection of nine botanicals from Italy (including olive leaves, sage, fennel, orris, lemon verbena, juniper, coriander, thyme and lavender)…  More info

Sabatini Gin
2
$36.92
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Fishers Gin (50cl)

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 (50cl)
4
$45.08

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Gilpin's

A super-premium London Dry Gin, made in London in pot stills, using spring water from Cartmel in the Lake District, it is made with a variety of botanicals, including the quintessential juniper, and…  More info

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3
$40.33
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Fines Master London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Fines

A gin created by professional rugby players Pat Cilliers and Mike Rhodes, along with distiller Sion Edwards. Dig in to a a bundle of classic gin botanical notes (juniper, coriander, orris, cassia,…  More info

Fines Master London Dry Gin
17
$37.98
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The East India Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
The East India Company

You may know the East India Company more for its long history and extensive selection of teas, but now it's exploring a different delicious drink - gin! The East India Company's very own London Dry…  More info

The East India Company London Dry Gin
1
$38.47
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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.
6
$43.57
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York Gin

70cl, 42.5%
York Gin

London dry gin all the way from York, created with a love of gin and history in mind. York Gin features a selection of nine botanicals, all of which would have been available in the 18th century via…  More info

York Gin
11
$39.58

Crafty Fox London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Harrison Distillery

Hand-crafted in Huddersfield, Crafty Fox London Dry Gin was born out of dire circumstances. Creator Simon Harrison started the gin business on the day he was made redundant, but it's only been up…  More info

Crafty Fox London Dry Gin
1
$44.02
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Matchmakers Gin

50cl, 40%
Matchmakers

Matchmakers Gin is for the sort of person who can't help but add their own twist to recipes when making dinner. The gin features eight botonicals (including juniper, orange, liquorice and coriander),…  More info

Matchmakers Gin
4
$32.97
$31.86

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
13
$37.37
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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
$30.81
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City of London Christopher Wren Gin

70cl, 45.3%
City of London Distillery

A special edition from the City of London Distillery, created in collaboration with Tom Nichol, the retiring Tanqueray Master Distiller. The gin uses juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and…  More info

City of London Christopher Wren Gin
2
$37.48
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Whittaker's Gin

70cl, 42%
Whittaker's Gin

Whittaker's Gin is produced by Harrogate Distillery Ltd., a family business run from their North Yorkshire home at Harewell House Farm. Botanicals include juniper, coriander, angelica root,…  More info

Whittaker's Gin
5
$38.47
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Ramsbury Gin

70cl, 40%
Ramsbury Estates

Ramsbury Gin is a classic London dry gin that aims to capturing the local landscape in a bottle and apply a modern twist. The spirit is distilled in a copper still using Horatio wheat, grown on…  More info

Ramsbury Gin
2
$35.05
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Bombay Sapphire East 1l

100cl, 42%
Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire is one of the most popular London Dry Gins, now available with the addition of Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns, taking the total of botanicals to a round dozen in…  More info

Bombay Sapphire East 1l
1
$41.23

Tinkture Rose Gin

50cl, 44%
Tinkture

A London Dry style organic gin from Tinkture, Rose Gin is made with a secret blend of fresh, hand picked English roses. For extra fun, the golden amber liquid morphs into a rosy pink when mixed with…  More info

Tinkture Rose Gin
1
$49.49

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
2
$39.62
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Geranium London Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Geranium Gin

Exquisite London Dry Gin made with actual geranium - which everyone knows is a fantastically aromatic plant. Very unusual, distinctive and utterly delicious…  More info

Geranium London Dry Gin
2
$31.43
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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
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