Aviation American Gin- So Smooth that it can fly solo

Aviation American Gin, is also known as Aviation Gin. Aviation American Gin was first manufactured in Portland, Oregon. It was founded by Christian Krogstad and Ryan Magarian in 2006.It is a brand of distilled spirit  It is classified as an “American dry gin,” meaning the flavor profile is less juniper-forward. It is produced by House Spirits Distillery.

Aviation American Gin

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

The Origin of Aviation American Gin

There was a party in Seattle in 2005, bartender Ryan Magarian was introduced to “summer gin” by a friend from Portland. Struck by the subtlety of gin with less juniper, he recognized it as a movement away from traditional gin. Ryan had a growing interest in classic, pre-Prohibition cocktails, where the spirit is central and never masked, and this gin had the potential to be the perfect complement. He set off for Portland to meet the distiller.


Equally passionate about his craft, Christian Krogstad founded a craft distillery in Portland, Oregon. With a pioneering spirit, Christian had set out to recreate a uniquely American Gin. But American gins disappeared with Prohibition, so no one knew exactly what they tasted like.

Without a precise flight plan, the first bartender/distiller partnership took off. Like all successful partnerships, none is overpowering or masking, but each plays a part in bringing out the best in all. Aviation, a gin created to be so balanced and smooth, it can complement any cocktail or even it can fly solo.

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The Receipt of Aviation American Gin

The recipe for making Aviation American Gin is not public. But it is made up of seven essentials : 



 Sweet and Bitter orange peel



 Indian sarsaparilla

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.

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Production of Aviation American Gin – Small Tutorial

Well, every bottle of American Gin is handcrafted in small 100-case batches by a small, dedicated team of master distillers in Portland, Oregon.

Like the world’s finest gins, Aviation gin is distilled using a proprietary maceration process that produces a pure medley of botanical flavor.


It all starts with our precise blend of botanicals, sourced from around the world – cardamom, coriander, French lavender, anise seed, sarsaparilla, juniper, and two kinds of orange peel. The botanicals are placed in nylon sacks and suspended in a pure, neutral grain spirit for 18 hours in macerating tanks.


The macerate is then pumped into a stainless steel still along with pure water. Steam jackets heat the macerate, the vapors go into a shotgun condenser, come into contact with the cold water, and the distillate forms.


In a meticulously monitored process, the first fluid leaving the still, the “heads,” is removed. Collecting the “heart of the spirit” throughout the run, the distillers then determine the end of the cycle and make the final cut, “the tails.” This process takes approximately 7 hours and at this point, the “heart cut” is 142 proof.


The “heart cut” is transferred to a blending tank where pure water is added, bringing the gin to the desired 84 proof. It then goes into a bottling tank with a 6-sprout gravity filler and pumped into bottles. Labels, caps, and cap strips are all applied by hand. A craft production from beginning to end, Aviation is then ready to pack and ship.

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