Aviation American Gin
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Aviation American Gin, also known as Aviation Gin, is a brand of distilled spirit first produced in Portland, Oregon, by founders Christian Krogstad and Ryan Magarian in 2006. It is classified as an "American dry gin," meaning the flavor profile is less juniper-forward. It is produced by House Spirits Distillery. The recipe proportions are not made public, but the seven botanicals used during distillation for flavoring are: juniper, lavender, sweet and bitter orange peel, cardamom, coriander, Indian sarsaparilla, and anise seed. Aviation American Gin is twice pot distilled and bottled at 84 proof (42% alcohol). It is currently distributed nationwide in the United States and in 15 different countries, including; Canada, Spain, U.K., Ireland, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia. It was originally bottled in a wine bottle with a blue label. The new bottle looks like a flask, and is also 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 founders came together and were the first recognized distiller/bartender partnership in the United States. Over 30 different recipes were tried before settling on the recipe replicated today. The gin was then named after the well-known pre-Prohibition cocktail, The Aviation. The Aviation cocktail was created in the early 1900s by well-known bartender Hugo Ensslin. The classic Aviation cocktail is made with gin, maraschino 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, but as of early 2018 it continues to be distilled in Portland, by House Spirits. As of late 2016, Aviation Gin accounted for around 40 percent of House Spirits' production.
The seven botanicals used for flavoring are steeped in grain spirit for 48 hours, then redistilled in a custom-built, 400-gallon pot still one batch at a time. Off the still, Aviation is ~140 proof, and deionized Cascade mountain 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.
Awards and reviews
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- Rogoway, Mike (November 17, 2016). "Portland-based House Spirits sells flagship Aviation gin to Davos Brands". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- Butler, Grant (February 27, 2018). "Actor Ryan Reynolds buys a stake in Portland-made Aviation Gin". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- 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.
- Robehmed, Natalie (February 21, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds Buys Stake In Aviation Gin, Cashes In On Celebrity Liquor Rush". Forbes. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- 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.
- Newman, Kara (January 4, 2012). "Aviation Gin". Wine Enthusiast. Retrieved August 31, 2018.