London 40 dry gin 110x300 Review: London 40 Dry Gin How classic is London 40 Dry Gin? There’s a picture of a dude wearing a top hat on the label, that’s how.

Produced by Old St. Andrews (we’ve written about its oddball whisky in the past), this gin is four-times distilled and imbued with 12 botanicals that include, in part, juniper, angelica root, almonds, nutmeg, coriander, licorice root, and orange peel.

The nose is typical, traditional juniper. It’s got a light touch though, so don’t go in expecting a Beefeater bruising.

On the body, juniper makes the first appearance, followed by some more muted notes — red flake and black pepper, lemon peel, cardamom, cinnamon, and a touch of sugar. There’s an interesting bunch of flavors here, but they’re not entirely in balance. The finish is drying and a little bitter, reminiscent of dried herbs. The body’s a bit thin; this gin could stand to be 86 proof or so (though that would muck with the name, I guess).

Ultimately, London 40 is happy to let its juniper do most of the talking, even if its closers get an more than their share of the action here, talking over the crowd.

80 proof.

B / $28 /