Greenall’s London Dry Gin

Gin Review

1.5 stars

Greenall’s is produced by G&J Distillers, who claim to be the oldest distiller in Britain – although if I had a bottle from every distillery that said that, I could open a bar. The original recipe – still in use today – was created in 1761 by Thomas Dakin, which certainly predates any distillery I’ve heard of so far.

The exact recipe is a closely guarded secret, allegedly known only to seven Master Distillers over its 250 year history Рalthough I imagine there are plenty of distillery workers who could make a good guess at it!

But we’re told it contains eight botanicals, which include wild Tuscan juniper berries, Moroccan coriander and Spanish lemon peel.

As the name implies,¬†Greenall’s London Dry Gin is, well, a London Dry Gin.

The aroma is very spirit-heavy – alcohol is about the only thing that hits your nose initially despite the fairly moderate 40% ABV strength. Left sitting in the glass for a few minutes and the botanicals finally start to appear – dried orange and lemon peels, a little woody spice and even a hint of juniper.

In the mouth it’s a curious mix of sweet and bitter; lemon pith with a harsh bitter aftertaste. There’s a distinct spiciness there too, but that fuzzy bitterness overwhelms any more subtle tones.

This gin feels a little harsh and unbalanced; it’s worth noting that more recent bottlings have been reduced to 37.5% ABV, which may be partially an attempt to reduce that harshness. Still, as it stands there are much better gins to be had out there – 1.5 stars.

Greenall’s London Dry Gin is available from; you may well find it on the shelves of your local supermarket too.

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