Top 10 London Dry Gins

All gins are listed in no particular order

1.Tanqueray 10

Super-Premium gin launched in 2000, originally made for making martinis, key difference from traditional Tanqueray is the citrus element, fresh oranges, lemons and white grapefruits are added as a botanicals instead of the usual dried peels
ABV 47,3% Botanicals: Including chamomile, coriander, juniper, lime, orange, white grapefruit
Tasting Notes: Soft, well balanced, citrusy, light notes of chamomile
Great in a fruit cocktails or martinis

2.Gilpins

Launched in 2012 Westmorland Extra dry gin five times distilled. Its distinctive and distinguished dryness sets it apart from its over complex competitors.
ABV47% Botanicals: juniper, lime peel, sage, bitter orange peel, coriander, borage, lemon peel, angelica
Tasting notes: Sparkling juniper top notes balanced by sage and citrus. Pure crystal clear spirit – light and fresh. Uniquely dry with a delicate steeliness.
Makes a great extra dry martini and works well in gin and tonic.

3.Gerenium

Created by Norwegian Henrik Hammer who found the way how to distil geranium in alcohol. Gerenium leaves are old remedy for depression.
ABV 44% Botanicals:10, Including angelica, cassia, coriander, geranium, juniper, lemon, liquorice, orris
Tasting Notes: Soft juniper and hints of floral notes of rose and violet come through. Citrus and pleasant bitter dry finish.
Makes an impressive martini combine with Dolin vermouth, Works well in Aviation cocktail or simply in a gin and tonic.

4.Sipsmith

The classic, high quality London dry gin inspired by many small-batch distilleries in US. Only around 200 bottles are made from each charging of the still.
ABV 41,6% Botanicals: almond, angelica, cassia, cinnamon, coriander, juniper, lemon peel, liquorice, orange peel, orris
Tasting notes: Smooth, clean, strong juniper and citrus notes, peppery and savoury finish.
Makes an outstanding gin and tonic with almost creamy and juniper led intensity to the mix.

5.Whitley Neil

This unusual gin is inspired by Africa. It contains unique African botanicals Cape gooseberries and fruit of baobab tree(tree of life)
ABV42% Botanicals: angelica, baobab fruit pulp, cape gooseberries(physalis), cassia, coriander, juniper, lemon peel, orris, sweet orange peel
Tasting notes: Spicy on the nose, creamy, fresh, fruit, mingling with a citrus notes, well balanced flavours
Works very well in a fruit based cocktails or it can be enjoyed neat.

6.Boodles gin

Gin is named for famous Boodles gentlemen’s club in St.James’s, produced by Chivas which is owned by  Pernod Ricard
ABV45,2% Botanicals: angelica seed and root, caraway, cassia, coriander, juniper, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Tasting notes: Sweet and soft, juniper, sharp spicy, light mint, herbal finish
Excellent choice to try neat or in a martini

7.No.3

The classic, assertive London Dry gin finely tailored and very well balanced for the love of fine martinis. Botanicals including 3 fruits and 3 spices. Made in Schiedam Holland
ABV46% Botanicals: Angelica, cardamom, coriander, grapefruit peel, juniper, sweet orange peel
Tasting notes: Very well balanced, plenty of juniper up front, fresh citrus and spicy finish
Makes very classy martini and refreshing gin and tonic.

8.Fifty Pounds

In 18 century in England was excessive and uncontrolled consumption of gin, a period given a name the gin craze. The 1736 Gin Act was introduced during the reign of George II, whereby an annual levy of £50 was imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin.
ABV43% Botanicals: juniper, coriander, grains of paradise, savoury, orange and lemon peel, liquorice, angelica
Tasting notes: A crisp, clean nose. Slightly earthy with a lovely complexity of juniper and lime peel with an almost minty freshness and a pleasant balancing sweetness. A short but intense burst of alcohol follows with the more herbal botanicals evident on the finish.
Makes a superb dry martini or gin and tonic

9.Portobello Road No.171

Launched in 2011 by Ged Feltham, as well the owner of award winning Portobello star bar in Notting Hill. Nine traditional botanicals sourced from 3 different continents.
ABV42% Botanicals: Angelica, bitter orange peel, cassia, coriander, juniper, lemon peel, liquorice, nutmeg ,orris
Tasting notes: Strong juniper, burst of citrus from lemon and bitter orange peel, finished with long peppery notes from nutmeg
Makes superb martini, delicious Negroni, good in gin and tonic or simply neat

10.Jensen’s Bermondsey

Created by Christian Jensen who found inspiration when tasting more heavier and flavoursome quality- in contrast to modern gins.
ABV43% Botanicals: Including angelica, coriander, juniper, liquorice, orris
Tasting notes: Juniper-led, with soft and silky texture.
Makes a great gin and tonic but also brings authentic taste to a Negroni or Ramos gin fizz.

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