Gin has grown exponentially in popularity as observed recently and the consumers’ affinity towards this spirit is not looking to stop growing any time soon.
Regardless, the growing popularity of gin means that there are more and more people at the beginning stages of experimentation with the different brands and varieties of this spirit.
What a better way to grasp an initial idea of the best brands that are out there than by finding out about their signature London Dry(s)?
What is a london dry?
London Dry is a type of gin spirit which is defined by the process in which the gin has been distilled.
In a nutshell, a London Dry Gin has been distilled to a completely neutral spirit of 96% ABV and all the flavours have been added through the distillation with natural plant materials. The only things that can be added to the gin after distillation are water and sugar but nothing else.
Now that you know what is a London Dry here are the top gin brands you should keep in your radar:
The quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex and aromatic – smooth enough for a Martini, yet rich and balanced, making it perfect for a G&T.
If you’d like to purchase a bottle it retails for £29.00 on the Sipsmith website (70 cl, 41.6% ABV).
Brockmans dry gin could be described as a spirit in which more traditional notes of gin are combined with a refreshing influence of citrus and aromatic wild blackberries and blueberries. This creates an instensely smooth gin taste that is sensual and daringly different.
If you’d like to pick up a bottle they retail for £36.00 on Brockman’s website, or at selected stockists (70 cl, 40% ABV).
The distinctive London Dry Gin is distilled with Warner Edward’s own spring water and eleven botanicals, including cardamom and black pepper. For the perfect G&T it’s suggested that you serve this Dry Gin with premium Indian tonic water, garnish and a slice of fresh orange.
To purchase a bottle visit Warners Distillery where it retails for £33 (70 cl, 44% ABV).
22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of our remote Scottish island.
To pick up a bottle you can find them on Master of Malt for £31.90 (70 cl, 46% ABV).
Eden Mill’s award-winning Original Gin, also known as Eden Gin, is the St Andrews take on a classic London Dry. This gin was voted Scotland’s Number One Gin at the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards, where 116 gins were blind tasted.
This is the perfect gin to make a classic gin & tonic so the first question is – how will you enjoy yours?
You can get a bottle on Eden Mill website where it retails for £35.00 (70 cl, 42% ABV).
A gin vapour infused with eight selected botanicals capturing their bright, vibrant flavours. With a taste described as traditional with strong juniper flavours and a powerful finish this is a classic take to a good London Dry.
To purchase a bottle head onto the Whisky Exchange where it retails for £24.75 (70 cl, 37.5% ABV).
This tipple is unlike any other in the sense that it is distilled to a 150 year old family recipe using a traditional two-day process. This creates a fresh, bright and classically balanced gin with crisp citrus, subtle notes of exotic spice and the remarkable depth and complexity traditionally associated with the London Dry style.
If you’d like to purchase a bottle head onto Hayman’s website where you will find this for £26.00 (70 cl, 41.2% ABV).
A clean, zesty, juniper-forward gin which balances softness with bright citrus. This gin recipe is a nod to Scotland as it has some native plants and botanicals giving you a delightfully crisp gin with a distinctively smooth finish.
To purchase a bottle head to Edinburgh Gin where it retails for £28.00 (70 cl, 43% ABV).
Infused with the remarkable Bulgarian Rosa Damascena and specially selected cucumbers this is definitely a gin like no other. Self-proclaimed as the spirit that has an unusually smooth feel and the character and balance of subtle flavours.
To purchase a bottle visit Master of Malt where it retails for £29.99 (70 cl, 41.4% ABV).
The heritage of Opihr gin is rooted firmly in the historical Spice Routes, where ancient traders would sail thousands of miles to transport exotic spices and botanicals from the Orient and the Middle-East to Europe. You can take a look on our thorough review on this spirit if you want to know more about serving suggestions and more.
You can pick up a bottle at Tesco for £23.00 (70 cl, 40% ABV).
Described as a classic gin at heart, this spirit is full bodied and fresh with depth, clarity and flavour. A rich and clean juniper-driven spirit, Silent Pool Gin is produced using 24 botanicals and the cool clear spring-water from the Silent Pool itself.
The delicate flavours of lavender and chamomile combine with fresh citrus notes and a velvety local honey, to create a well-balanced gin that is both traditional and refreshingly individual in nature.
You can pick up a bottle from Silent Pool Distillers for £37.00 (70 cl, 43% ABV).
This gin brand has an award-winning London Dry Gin which has been crafted using locally sourced botanicals from the area of Harrogate. This tipple gives an initial burst of refreshing citrus from the grapefruit base which gives way to juniper before a very smooth herbaceous sweetness.
For the perfect serve pour over ice with some premium tonic water and add a twist of grapefruit peel and fresh blueberries.
You can purchase a bottle from Spirit of Harrogate for £39.99 (70 cl, 42% ABV).
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