WHAT IS LONDON DRY GIN?

There are numerous brands that have the words ‘London Dry Gin’ written on their labels such as Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Greater Than to name a few. But what is a London Dry Gin? This style of gin was first distilled in London around 18th century, wherein all the flavouring and botanicals are added before or during the distillation process, and not after. Another characteristics of London Dry Gin is the use of Juniper berries as the dominant botanical. This process is craft or small scale in nature typically in a copper pot still, as opposed to some gin distillate processes where flavouring is added after the distillation process to attain scale or larger volumes.

Since this is just a style of gin distillation, it is not mandatory for a London Dry Gin to be necessarily made in London. A London Dry Gin can be made anywhere in the world using the same process of distillation.

Other types of gins

Another type of gin is the Old Tom Gin which was first made in 1700s in England, also known as a ‘bathtub gin’ which contains liquorice and is a bit sweeter and more flavourful than the London Dry Gin. Plymoth Gin is another one which is only made in Plymoth by this one ancient distillery. This gin is more dry and citrus forward than the London Dry Gin with a slightly spicy finish. Genever Gin is the original 16th century gin from Holland. The base grains are malted, like in the case of whiskey, giving the gin a more robust and malty flavour. It contains juniper and other botanicals, but in lower quantities than other types of gins, and traditionally contains no citrus notes.

 

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