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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.

Tanqueray No. Ten 1l

100cl, 47.3%
Tanqueray

It’s a one litre bottling of Tanqueray No. 10! The expression was launched in 2000 and is made with whole fresh citrus fruits. Presented in a classic green bottle that looks like it stepped straight…  More info

Tanqueray No. Ten 1l
1
$45.35

The River Test Distillery London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
The River Test

From The River Test Distillery over in Hampshire comes this London Dry Gin! The distillery is set on the banks of the River Test, hence the name, and the gin is infused with handpicked meadowsweet…  More info

The River Test Distillery London Dry Gin
3
$34.90

Elephant Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin

FREE 5CL ELEPHANT GIN - ELEPHANT STRENGTH WITH EVERY PURCHASE*! Elephant Dry Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include some rather unusual but fascinating African ingredients…  More info

Elephant Dry Gin
26
$31.03

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
12
$35.76

Fishers Gin

70cl, 44%
Fishers Gin

A 70cl bottling of Fishers Gin, which is heavily inspired by the glory of coastal flavours. For example, alongside classic gin botanicals like juniper, cardamom and citrus, you'll find spignel, rock…  More info

Fishers Gin
4
$41.65
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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
20
$38.29
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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
8
$32.24

Ealing Gin

70cl, 42%
Ealing Distillery

Hailing from West London, it's Ealing Gin! This London Dry gin marries pink peppercorn, chamomile, garden mint, rose and rosemary among other traditional botanicals, with the latter four inspired by…  More info

Ealing Gin
9
$43.71

Sixtowns London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Sixtowns

Sixtowns London Dry Gin comes to us from Stoke-on-Trent, a town known for its pottery – and now two brothers, Vitalijs and Alex, are ready to make it known for gin, too. This expression is made using…  More info

Sixtowns London Dry Gin
4
$37.57

Little Bird London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.6%
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
12
$29.71

Hastings Smugglers Gin

70cl, 47%
Haswell & Hastings

A London Dry Gin made with juniper, angelica, coriander, savory, lemon peel, grains of paradise, bitter orange peel, sweet orange peel and liquorice root. Creater Julian Haswell set out to make a…  More info

Hastings Smugglers Gin
4
$35.06

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
$38.13

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
$29

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

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
3
$37.62
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Stockport Gin

70cl, 40%
Stockport Gin

Stockport Gin hails from, yep, you guessed it, Stockport! The distillery combines eight botanicals - including its signature botanical, locally sourced pine from Etherow Country Park - in a copper…  More info

Stockport Gin
2
$38.29

Origin - Arezzo, Italy

70cl, 46%
Origin

Origin is the name of a superb range of gins which are cold-distilled from nothing but juniper sourced from a single estate. The series showcases the effects of terroir and offers the modern gin…  More info

Origin - Arezzo, Italy
4
$36.27

Downton Distillery Explorer's Gin

70cl, 44%
Downtown Distillery

Downton Distillery can be found on the Wiltshire Downs overlooking Downton and the River Avon. For Explorer's Gin, botanicals are both macerated and vapour infused. Among pink pepper, bay leaf and…  More info

Downton Distillery Explorer's Gin
27
$45.39

Marylebone London Dry Gin

70cl, 50.2%
The Pleasure Gardens

Marylebone London Dry Gin is made in London by the Pleasure Gardens Distilling Co., using a combination of botanicals including juniper, lime flower, lemon balm, clove, liquorice, chamomile and…  More info

Marylebone London Dry Gin
10
$34.34

Abingdon London Dry Gin

50cl, 40%
Abingdon

Hailing from Oxford, Abingdon Gin is the brainchild of a couple distilling duo, marrying cardamom and fennel alongside other traditional botanicals. Whack this one in a G&T with a good wedge of pink…  More info

Abingdon London Dry Gin
2
$32.24

Hello Sailor! London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Hello Sailor!

Dressed up in stripes, it's the nautical-themed Hello Sailor! London Dry Gin. This expression is packed with traditional botanicals, with juniper, Seville orange, coriander and cassia leading the…  More info

Hello Sailor! London Dry Gin
4
$34.05

Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

70cl, 46%
That Boutique-y Gin Company

The richness of chocolate makes a great partner to the vibrant zestiness of orange, and the herbaceous deliciousness of gin blends brilliantly with the both of them to create... That Boutique-y Gin…  More info

Chocolate Orange Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)
1
$31.22
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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
17
$32.78

Tulchan Gin

70cl, 45%
Tulchan Gin

Tulchan Gin comes to us from Scotland's Tulchan Estate! The tipple (and its botanicals) was inspired by its surrounding Speyside flora, so you'll find some wild estate-grown ingredients in here. Sloe…  More info

Tulchan Gin
2
$37.90

John Robert’s Botanic Request London Dry Gin

70cl, 41%
John Robert's Botanic Request

A marvellous London dry gin here, produced with an array of eleven classic botanicals, including the likes of black tea, lemon peel, cassia, and liquorice root, to name a few! The delicate botanicals…  More info

John Robert’s Botanic Request London Dry Gin
9
$30.25

Brilliant London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Brilliant

Brilliant Gin comes to us via the wonderfully named 'The Really Brilliant Company'. Created by two long-time gin connoisseurs, it's a tasty London Dry Gin made with a selection of botanicals…  More info

Brilliant London Dry Gin
5
$39.09

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