London-Distilled-Gin

London Dry Gin

Gin is an alcoholic sprit produced with a defining flavor of Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis). Throughout history many, many styles of gin have occurred. However these varieties can be categorized into two main types:

Distilled gin: Crafted using traditional methods of re-distilling neutral spirits that have been manufactured using agricultural product. This base spirit is then infused with other botanical such as  juniper berries in a copper Pot Still.

Compound gin is second grade to the distilled counterpart. A far more simple process that involves simply flavoring neutral spirit with essences and/or other ‘natural flavorings’. No re-distillation takes place and the resulting product is of less quality.

Gin alike all alcoholic bottled spirits has a minimum alcoholic strength, in the case of gin it is 37.5% ABV in the E.U., and 40% ABV in the U.S.

 

London dry gin, takes the notoriety as being an exceptional type of “Distilled Gin” and has more brands under this banner than any other Gin. However, contrary to the name, London Dry Gin does not need to be a product of London in order to gain the title. In-fact there are only a handful of Gins that can truly take the title of a London Distilled Dry Gin … and the finest of those is surely without doubt Oliver Twist London Distilled Dry Gin.

Although London Dry Gin has a the defining undertone of Juniper it typically features a strong presence of bitter botanicals such as Lemon and Orange Peel. Accompanying these are typically a range of spices that can include and but are certainly not limited to:

Angelica

Cinnamon

Licorice Root

Anise

Orris Root

Cubeb

Cassia Bark

Nutmeg

Baobab

Grapefruit Peel

Grains of Paradise

Dragon Eye

Frankincense

Almond

Savory

Lime Peel

Saffron

Coriander

It is worth noting that London Distilled Dry Gin may not contain colourants. Infact water is the only permitted addition.

So next time you are tucking into a Gin and Tonic or a Gin Martini remember these little learning’s about London Distilled Dry Gin.

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