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Gordon's is a brand of London Dry gin first produced in 1769. The top markets for Gordon's are (in descending order) the United Kingdom, the United States, Greece and Africa. It is owned by the British spirits company Diageo and is made in Scotland. It is the world's best selling London Dry gin.Gordon's has been the UK's number one gin since the late 19th century Gordon's London Dry Gin was developed by Alexander Gordon, a Londoner of Scottish descent He opened a distillery in the Southwark area in 1769, later moving in 1786 to Clerkenwell The Special London Dry Gin he developed proved successful, and its recipe remains unchanged to this day] Triple-distilled, the gin contains juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice, orris root, orange and lemon peel. In 1898 Gordon & Co. amalgamated with Charles Tanqueray & Co. to form Tanqueray Gordon & Co.All production moved to the Gordon's Goswell Road site In 1904 the distinctive square-faced, green bottle for the home market is introduced In 1906 Gordon's Sloe gin went into production The earliest evidence in recipe books for the production of Gordon's Special Old Tom is in 1921 In 1922 Tanqueray Gordon & Co. was acquired by the Distillers Company In 1924 Gordon's began production of a 'Ready-to-Serve' Shaker Cocktail range, each in an individual shaker bottle, capturing the spirit of the Jazz Age. In 1925 Gordon's was awarded its first Royal Warrant by King George V. In 1929 Gordon's released and orange gin followed by a lemon variety in 1931. In 1934 Gordon's opened its first distillery in the USA, at Linden, New Jersey. By 1962 at least it was the world's highest selling gin. In 1984 British production was moved to Basildon in Essex. In 1998 production was moved to Fife in Scotland, where it remains to this day. From 2007-2011, British chef Gordon Ramsay was the face of Gordon's Gin. Gordon's was Ernest Hemingway's favourite gin, which he claimed could "fortify, mollify and cauterize practically all internal and external injuries".