London Dry Gin does not need to be made in London or even in England, for that matter. The name refers to a style of gin whose primary flavor is juniper, and whose botanicals must be distilled rather than cold compounded.
Modern Gin (also called New Western Style Gin) can be made anywhere in the world. It downplays the inclusion of juniper berries in favor of a variety of other botanicals including citrus peels, star anise, coriander and even rose, cucumber and lavender. The category aims to appeal to fans who have eschewed the category because of juniper’s piney notes. Because of its wide variety of aromas and flavors, modern gin has been a popular option for modern craft cocktails.
Plymouth Gin is a Protected Geographical Indication and refers to any gin distilled in Plymouth, England. (Today there is only one brand, also called Plymouth, which is produced in the town at the Black Friars Distillery.) Plymouth Gin is slightly sweeter than London Dry Gin and has a higher proportion of root botanicals, which lend it an earthy character.
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