Aviation American Gin

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Aviation American Gin
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ManufacturerHouse Spirits Distillery
Country of originPortland, Oregon, United States
Proof (US)84

Aviation American Gin, also known as Aviation Gin, is a brand of gin first produced in Portland, Oregon, by founders Christian Krogstad and Ryan Magarian in 2006. It is referred to as an "American dry gin", meaning the taste profile is less strongly juniper flavored than some other gins. It is produced by House Spirits Distillery. Seven flavoring ingredients are used in its production: juniper, lavender, sweet and bitter orange peel, cardamom, coriander, Indian sarsaparilla, and anise seed.[1] Aviation American Gin is pot distilled twice and bottled at 84 U.S. proof (42% alcohol by volume). It is distributed nationwide in the United States and in 15 other countries, including Canada, Spain, the U.K., Ireland, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia. It was originally bottled in a wine bottle with a blue label. The newer bottle, introduced in 2013, looks like a flask and is reminiscent of the Art Deco period, with a black label and a silver cap.

House Spirits Distillery sold the brand to Davos Brands, LLC, of New York in 2016, but House Spirits continues to be the gin's distiller, with production in Portland, Oregon.


The gin was named after a classic cocktail known as the Aviation. The Aviation was created in the early twentieth century by well-known bartender Hugo Ensslin, and published by him in 1916. It is traditionally made with gin, maraschino cherry liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice.

House Spirits Distillery sold the Aviation American Gin brand to New York-based distributor Davos Brands, LLC, in 2016,[2] but as of early 2018 it continues to be distilled in Portland by House Spirits.[3] As of late 2016, Aviation Gin accounted for around 40 percent of House Spirits' production.[4]

Actor Ryan Reynolds acquired a stake in the brand from Davos in February 2018.[3][5]

On August 17, 2020, Aviation was sold to Diageo, whose liquor lineup includes the gin Tanqueray, as well as Smirnoff vodka, and Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky. Diageo stated Reynolds still maintains an "ongoing ownership interest" in Aviation.[6]


Seven ingredients are used for flavoring, which are steeped in grain spirit for 48 hours,[7] then re-distilled in a custom-built, 400-gallon pot still. Off the still, Aviation is about 140 U.S. proof, and deionized Cascade mountain (Tap) water brings it down to 84 proof before bottling. Master distiller Christian Krogstad credits natural ingredients and his still's low reflux for Aviation's purported bright flavor.[citation needed]

Awards and reviews[edit]

Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded Aviation American Gin a 97-point rating in 2012,[8] the highest rating the magazine has given to any gin.[3]


  1. ^ Kleinman, Geoff (January 9, 2013). "Top 10 New American Gins". Drink Spirits. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Rogoway, Mike (November 17, 2016). "Portland-based House Spirits sells flagship Aviation gin to Davos Brands". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Butler, Grant (February 27, 2018). "Actor Ryan Reynolds buys a stake in Portland-made Aviation Gin". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Korfhage, Matthew (November 17, 2016). "Portland's Aviation Gin Just Got Sold Off to New York—Here's Why". Willamette Week. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (February 21, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds Buys Stake In Aviation Gin, Cashes In On Celebrity Liquor Rush". Forbes. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Picchi, Aimee (August 17, 2020). "Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin sold to Diageo for up to $610 million". CBS News. USA. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Ford, Simon (April 1, 2014). "How This Man With The Glass On His Nose Predicted The Great American Gin Evolution". Food Republic. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Newman, Kara (January 4, 2012). "Aviation Gin". Wine Enthusiast. Retrieved August 31, 2018.

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