Cocktails with… Diner’s Club London Dry Gin Deluxe

If you are looking for unusual and obscure gins, one place to check out is The Whisky Exchange; they never fail to disappoint. A recent addition to their listings was Diner’s Club London Dry Gin Deluxe (40%ABV).

After some research, it turns out that this gin was commissioned (but not manufactured by) Douglas Denham Ltd., which, until 2003, was a subsidiary of Red Lion Blending Company Ltd., based in Edgware, North London. They did this on behlaf of Diners Club International, a credit card firm.

Red Lion Blending Company Ltd. was founded by Robert Mendeson and David Hallgarlen in 1969 and ceased trading in 2005.

In addition to this gin, Douglas Denham also commissioned blended Scotch for Diner’s Club, such as this 12 Year Old.


1. On its own
Nose: Juniper and some sherbet lemon citrus notes.
Taste: Pretty good and surprisingly smooth initially, although the alcohol’s warmth certainly builds after a few seconds. Quite sweet, there’s a lot of citrus, especially lemon – dry, pure fruit – and coriander. Simple and classic.

2. Gin & Tonic
A bit of a beast with the coriander and citrus although the juniper is pretty strong too. This really feels like an old school gin an tonic dating back to the days before Bombay Sapphire (who knows maybe it does?). Despite its very classic, old school approach it is very refreshing.

3. Martini
Fresh and crisp, with plenty of citrus and coriander notes. There’s a hint of anise, but mostly, lots and lots of lemon, making this a zesty Martini.

4. Negroni
A pretty standard, classic Negroni: both bitter and sweet, but without any particular wow factor to it.

In Conclusion
Diners Club was probably designed to be a standard, classic-style gin and it delivers. I wasn’t expecting much but actually it was quite good and the citrus emphasis was a nice surprise. At £11.49 a 40%ABV bottle I think it is a bit of a bargain.

Diner’s Club International Extra Dry London Dry Gin Deluxe is available for around £11.50 for 70cl from The Whisky Exchange.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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