The Best London Dry Gin
Written by Emma C | Updated May 2023
When we think of the best gin, London Dry often comes to mind. Contrary to what the name implies, London Dry gin doesn't have to be produced in London, but it must follow specific production methods and strict quality standards. This classically pure, juniper-forward, all-natural gin style is celebrated worldwide for its refined taste and exceptional craftsmanship. Plus, it works amazingly well in both classic cocktails like a gin and tonic, and modern twists, like a gin mule. To help you start sipping, we tried many dry gins and created this Taster’s Club guide to the best London dry gin picks in 2023, all available in our bottle shop.
Top 10 Best London Dry Gin Picks in 2023: Available in Our Bottle Shop
1. Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire’s Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti, hand-selects the 10 botanicals used in the brand’s gin, including juniper berries from Tuscany. Each one brings its own unique quality to the mix. Rather than boil them, the botanicals are gently vapor-infused to best capture their vibrant, clean, and bright aromas and flavors. Together, they give Bombay Sapphire Gin its smooth, balanced, complex body and taste, and crisp, clean finish.
Region: England | Tasting Notes: Sweet-Tart, Thick, Soft Juniper-Pepper Spice | ABV: 47%
2. Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
Tanqueray No. Ten is named after the stills from which it came. This balanced, juniper-forward, small-batch gin is crafted with fresh citrus fruits and eight botanicals and tastes amazing with premium tonic water and a slice of pink grapefruit. Aside from juniper, you’ll notice notes of grapefruit, lime zest, orange, lemon, peppercorn, and licorice. The spirit finishes fairly warm and long, with faint notes of citrus and earth.
Region: Scotland | Tasting Notes: Juniper, Grapefruit, Lime, Peppercorn | ABV: 47.3%
3. Beefeater London Dry Gin
Desmond Payne, Master Distiller extraordinaire with over 50 years of industry experience, oversees Beefeater’s distinct, bold London Dry gin, which has been around since 1863 and now holds the title of the World’s Most Awarded Gin. This particular gin is balanced, crisp, clean, and fresh, with a bit of fruit and citrus. The brand is proud to be the only original London Dry Gin still made in the heart of London.
Region: England | Tasting Notes: Lemon Zest, Juniper, Citrus, Coriander | ABV: 40%
4. Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Sipsmith London Dry Gin was launched in 2009, distilled on London’s first copper still in almost 200 years. This rich, complex gin is single-shot distilled (only diluted with water) and comes from a wheat base spirit and traditional botanical ingredients: coriander, angelica, and licorice. On the nose, you’ll get honey, orange zest, juniper, licorice, and angelica root. Then, you’ll taste notes of juniper pine, lemon, mandarin, and citrus. The drink finishes long and spicy – with cinnamon, coriander, and pepper – along with creamy licorice, orange, and juniper.
Region: England | Tasting Notes: Juniper, Lemon, Mandarin, Citrus, Spice | ABV: 41.6%
5. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
Bluecoat’s American Dry Gin is handcrafted with a proprietary blend of organic botanicals, along with citrus peels, soft juniper berries, angelica, and coriander. This blend is what sets it apart from other London Dry gins dominating the market. On the nose, you’ll get refreshing, sweet aromas that are followed by earthy juniper notes. The smooth, intense body offers complex flavors, and the bright finish is quite long.
Region: Philadelphia | Tasting Notes: Citrus, Juniper, Angelica, Spice | ABV: 47%
6. Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin features a whopping 47 botanicals and a base spirit of molasses. The complex gin has aromas of menthol, juniper, sage, lemon, pineapple, rose, lavender, lime, and hibiscus. Once you taste it, notice herbal, minty notes of juniper, lavender, blackthorne, and spruce, followed by peppery, vegetal notes. The finish is oily, herby, minty, lemony, peppery, and fruity. Yes, there’s a lot going on here, but it’s wonderful.
Region: Germany | Tasting Notes: Herbal, Mint, Juniper, Lavender, Spruce | ABV: 47%
7. Bayab African Small Batch African Grown Classic Dry Gin
This premium, small-batch, copper-distilled gin is distilled and bottled in South Africa. Created with botanicals from across the continent, including juniper berries, rosemary, coriander, salt, cinnamon, baobab, and lemon and orange peels, it’s blended with pure water from the KwaZulu-Natal midlands and has a nice, smooth finish.
Region: South Africa | Tasting Notes: Citrus, Pepper | ABV: 43%
8. No. 3 London Dry Gin
No. 3 made this flagship gin in collaboration with many talented people, including artists, scientists, master distillers, and expert mixologists. The recipe uses botanicals and other ingredients from around the world, including Italian juniper berries, citrus peel, and warming spices, that are distilled in a century-old copper pot in Holland. No. 3’s London Dry is refreshingly crisp and balanced, and the only gin to be awarded 'World's Best' four times at the International Spirits Challenge.
Region: Netherlands | Tasting Notes: Cardamom, Juniper, Grapefruit, Pepper | ABV: 46%
9. Oxley Dry Gin
To capture nature’s freshness and produce a unique flavor, Oxley invented an extremely cold distillation process for its dry gin. This allows the use of fresh frozen citrus peel, instead of the typical dried peel, in the spirit, resulting in a bright, distinct, sippable gin.
Region: England | Tasting Notes: Juniper, Citrus, Vanilla, Pepper | ABV: 47%
10. AMASS Dry Gin
AMASS Dry Gin celebrates the abundant natural terroir and diverse cultural landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Crafted there. by Master Distiller Morgan McLachlan, this dry gin is a citrus-forward, herbaceous spirit balanced with earthy umami notes from Reishi and lion’s mane mushrooms. Of the 29 organic botanicals used, 11 come from California, and several grow in Morgan’s backyard.
Region: California | Tasting Notes: Bay Leaf, Cardamom, Grapefruit Peel | ABV: 45%
This Taster’s Club collection of the best London dry gin for 2023 has you covered for last-minute guests or a great sipping spirit to unwind with at the end of a long day. The best part is everything is available in our bottle shop, 24/8. If you want a more curated experience instead, no worries – our Gin Club is a great place to start. Simply sign up, sit back, and wait for a new monthly gin pick delivered directly to your doorstep.
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