What is London Dry Gin?

The term “London Dry” is a quality designation. For a gin to be called London Dry Gin, the base spirit must be distilled to a completely neutral spirit of 96% ABV, must add all flavors through distillation in presence of “natural plant materials,” and can have nothing added after distillation save water and a trivial quantity of sugar.

Going through the terms of the regulations regarding London Dry Gin, it’s worth noting that it says nothing about flavor. A London Dry Gin can be either contemporary or classic in style. It’s perhaps one of the greatest misunderstandings about the term.

The second thing about the term is that it does not tell you anything about place. It does not mean the gin was made in London or ever was made in London.

It’s neither about place nor about taste. It’s only about process.

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