Aviation Gin

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I consider Aviation Gin to be the gin equivalent of when an artist writes a manifesto.

At the same time Gordon’s gin launched gin 1769, Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote Discourses on Art— which came to be one of the founding documents of idealistic and internal interpretations of reality in painting.

In the late 1980’s, at the same time Bombay Sapphire launched the Guerilla Girls enscribed their manifesto decrying a systemic under-representation of women in contemporary art.

And then there was Ryan Magarian’s 2009 Manifesto New Western Style Gin Defined. For all of us who consider gin an art-form; The canvas a spirit; The brushes the botanicals— Ryan’s document was a statement of artistic intention. That established the philosophical and artistic underpinnings of why something new was needed.

“In my opinion, for the Aviation’s, Hendrick’s, and other gins discussed above to have any chance at long term success, they need to have a recognized designation of their own, clearly identifying their uniquely balanced flavor perspectives which will in turn, allow potential consumers a easy understanding of these products and how they differ from others in the category for years to come.” Magarian, 2009

Aviation Gin begins with the maceration of nine botanicals in neutral grain spirit. It is then distilled, cut, and bottled at 42% ABV. In 2018 actor Ryan Reynolds bought an ownership stake in the now over a decade old brand.

Tasting Notes

Looking back on Aviation Gin— it’s a bit more juniper forward than others in the contemporary gin explosion. The nose has dull juniper, wet dark boreal forest, lavender and rooty, earthy spice. Although angelica is not one of the botanicals disclosed by House Spirits, Aviation Gin has an aromatic nose that strongly suggests to me angelica root. In any event, it’s a lovely and inviting nose whether a gin purist or a contemporary gin fan.

The palate is where some of Aviation Gin’s spice flourishes are more evident. Notes suggestive of root beer early lead into hints of cinnamon, cassia and a fair bit of cardamom.

Aviation Gin finishes with a floral and earthy spice note, with a very literal hint of birch beer and flamed orange peel. The finish is long and moderately warm.


Aviation Gin is named for the Aviation and it goes without saying— it makes an excellent cocktail. The floral notes from the creme de violette amplify some of the cardamom and lavender notes. Absolutely delicious.

But I generally found that it worked well in a lot of floral applications. Try it in an Arsenic and Old Lace or Moonlight Cocktail. For bartenders, Aviation Gin is an easy go-to when you have a floral cocktail and you need a good gin complement.

For my money though, Aviation has really come into its own as a contemporary gin-forward cocktail option. I think the Martini warrants a closer look by anyone who is a fan of gin. Maybe half because of the historicity— or just because it’s a good cocktail.

Overall, Aviation Gin

Since Aviation Gin launched in 2006, it has been on the cusp of controversy. I’ve had people tell me that Aviation turned them on to gin. I’ve had people swear of reading my work because they bought a bottle and poured it down the toilet†.

Still over ten years later, this is one of the best contemporary gins available on the market today. Time has made it seem more classic than it was on its initial launch, but fans of either style could enjoy a Martini together and revel in just how far we’ve come as a community.

Highly Recommended.


† If you’re reading this, please come back to American gin. As a nation, our gin has so much to offer.
‡ Perhaps more a technicality than anything, House Spirits was so successful with their gin that they sold it to Davos Brands in 2016.



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75 thoughts on “Aviation Gin”

  1. Without a doubt the best gin money can buy. While it is more expensive than most, it is worth every drop…and it’s American to boot!

  2. The reviews on Aviation Gin are varied and I think if you’re a gin drinker you have to try it yourself. I usually drink gin with tonic but thought I would try something different now I’m a paid up member of the Australasian Gin Connoisseurs Club (GC’s). I was surprised by the strong aroma and couldn’t decide whether I liked that assault on my nostrils. I’m not certain which of the many ‘notes’ I inhaled that we’re listed on the makers website. It smells earthy, not florally which to me is a good thing. It is a refined gin compared to ‘supermarket’ labels available.. I enjoyed my second glass more than my first. I think my taste buds are adjusting to this new type of gin and I’m starting to enjoy it. A good thing given the price is up there. Whether I become loyal to this label, I’m not sure. I think Prohibition Gin is still my favourite.

  3. I’m a gin drinker at heart. Mostly GNT and I’ve tried hundreds of gin. I find this one a little floral for my taste. I’ve tried it with Fever Tree, Seagrams, and Q tonic but I have never found the right combination for my taste buds..for reference my preferred gins are Tangreay, Beefeater, Plymouth, and Hendricks…favorite tip is freeze tonic cubes for ice to keep consistent taste throughout your pour

  4. Unexpected flavour. I’m no expert but with a tonic, I really get the sarsaparilla coming through. That’s the flavour that is most obvious to me with hints of root beer.

    I like it but its possibly the least conventional gin I’ve had in awhile.

  5. Really nice graphic design for the bottle but this is one of particular gin is not really one of my favorites. I’ve tried it with three different tonics and also tried a little bit straight and can’t really find a way to make this gin acceptable to my palet.

  6. Having tried countless Gins over the years I found this Gin superb and like my Whisky a very easy product you can drink neat.

  7. I loved the packaging, bottle and label design, and the reviews I read said favorable things so I gave it a try. I have an almost genetic aversion to caraway seeds, think how some people hate the taste of cilantro. Anyway, I absolutely detected the flavor of caraway in this gin. It made it hard to choke down for me, no matter how much tonic or lime I used. So Aviation is a ‘no’ for me.

  8. Had it stirred (of course, not shaken), unadulterated. Very elegant but so full of flavor from the bouquet to a very long finish. The botanicals were very well integrated and appeared at different times during the tasting. Definitely tasted the sasparilla, juniper, caraway and citrus, but not the lavender. I can surely see as a very flexible gin and it in a GnT with all different tonics, as well as a Bees Knees and Tom Collins. Aviation will be permanently and in the forefront of my gins.

  9. I’m one of those people who swear by this gin. Yes, it may fall into the “contemporary” category but there’s enough juniper present to hint of a more classic taste. I love it in a gin and tonic but it really shines stirred (not shaken) and imbibed neat. The finish is incredibly long and complex. I’ve also found it wonderful sipped with various salty and spicy foods. I really think the 4 1/2 star rating under values how wonderful Aviation really is.

  10. First off, I’m a juniper heavy gin man. I drink my (Martini’s) Beefeaters neat, room temps & no vermouth and have been doing this for over 60 years. Guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
    I got a bottle of this from my son for Christmas and I’m happy it was his dollars and not mine.
    This gin is junk! Why do handcrafters have to try and invent the wheel? If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
    Half star rating, maybe less.

  11. I tried a small 50ml bottle of this to see what it was all about. As a reference point, I love Bombay, Tanquerey, Beefeater, Ransom Old Tom, etc. I am not a fan of this gin. I tried it neat, and in a Negroni. Neat, it tasted of spirit (ethanol) and not much else. In the Negroni, it got lost against the Cocchi and Campari. I love the marketing, but not the gin.

  12. I really wanted to like this gin; but the more I drank it, the less I liked it. While I prefer more juniper-forward or at times more floral gins, I do have an appreciation for spicier gins that are well executed (Langley’s, Bombay Sapphire and the like). Aviation gin is not well-executed. The flavor is muddy and watered down. There is nothing crisp, clean or bright about it–which is something I would expect in a gin. I kind of regret spending the $30, when I could have gotten a bottle of Gunpowder. Two stars because the bottle is cool and Reynold’s commercials were awesome.

  13. I don’t see why anyone likes this gin. I poured mine down the drain. I made a martini with it and it was so vile, I didn’t even eat the olives. I thought maybe it was my taste-buds being off that night so I tried it again last night. Its polluting the Lackawanna river by now. I should have know better than to buy a domestic gin. I’ll stick with the English gins from now on.

  14. Not all domestic gins are of this style. The big mistake with Aviation is thinking that it’s the same style as the gins you’re used to from the UK. Look for Halcyon Gin, Denver Dry Gin or Big Gin. All are domestic, made here in the states, but are much closer to the juniper forward style that most English gins are known for.

    Aviation is a bit different, intentionally so. But it’s hardly representative of all American distilling. I have heard even some distillers say similar things about Aviation and other contemporary gins as well. So please don’t lose faith in American gin!

    What state are you in? I could perhaps give you a more direct American recommendation based on what’s likely available where you are.

  15. Thanks for the education on domestic Gin. I’m from northeast Pennsylvania. I really was surprised by the Aviation. I loved the Art Deco style of their new bottle and was roped in. I will gladly take your recommendation on a domestic Gin that may be more like what I’m used to.
    Thanks again,


  16. Jill,
    I did a little bit of research on what I could find available in PA. It seems that Brandon’s Gin [https://theginisin.com/gin-reviews/brandons-gin/] is available [http://www.finewineandgoodspirits.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SpiritsProductDisplayView?level0=null&level1=S_Gin&level2=&level3=&level4=&catalogId=10051&storeId=10051&categoryId=null&productId=1514490&langId=-1&prodlistCatId=Spirits&parent_category_rn=Spirits]

    Brandon’s has a couple of novel ingredients, like Tarragon for example, but don’t be too fooled. It’s classic in style with a touch of variation that sets it apart. I think it’s quite excellent and worth trying if you can find it.

    This one is special order, but this gin is just juniper and neutral grain spirit. Crater Lake gin infuses the juniper in the spirit [https://theginisin.com/gin-reviews/crater-lake-gin/] so it’s more of a bathtub style. It’s the basis of the style you like, but executed in a really different manner. [http://www.finewineandgoodspirits.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SpiritsCatalogSearchResultView?tabSel=3&sortBy=&sortDir=&storeId=10051&catalogId=259052&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=Spirits&newsearchlist=no&resetValue=4&searchType=Spirits&minSize=&maxSize=&promotions=&rating=&vintage=&specificType=&price=0&maxPrice=0&varitalCatIf=&region=&country=&varietal=&listSize=45&searchKey=&pageNum=1&totPages=1&level0=Spirits&level1=S_Gin&level2=&level3=&keyWordNew=false&VId=&TId=&CId=&RId=&PRc=&FPId=&TRId=&ProId=&isKeySearch=&SearchKeyWord=Name+or+Code]

    Also on PA special order, take a look at Catoctin Creek or Gale Force. Junipero is also quite nice. Though the couple that I mentioned above [Big, Halcyon] are the finest examples of the classic style in the US today, it’s a shame they’re not yet available in PA. But I hope that at least a couple of these gins above might help you decide what spirits might be worth giving domestic gin a second chance for!

    Cheers, and thanks for reading. I really do hope you find something else that you like!

  17. I am a long time gin martini drinker, and I have to take exception to the inordinate praise heaped upon this acceptable gin by a few. It’s okay, but is way too floral for many tastes, and by the way, I do like decent vermouth in my martinis, but straight gin is okay if good. Wish I liked it better, but will stick to Bombay. If you want a sweet drink or plan to cover the taste with mixers, pretty much any gin will do, but I’m thinking classic gin martini drinkers will be less than impressed. Of course, taste is always personal.

  18. Bold? Seriously? If you make your own tonic – you’re hard-pressed to taste that there’s any gin at all in your drink. Another “B” comes to mind … bland. I’ve not tasted such a lackluster gin before.

  19. Hmm, interesting. Was it a fresh bottle you cracked open? I have noticed that some of the bolder aromatics dissipate if kept for a long time [like a rarely used bottle].

    But, to each their own. I think it definitely has a perspective and flavor, but understand it might not be to everyone’s tastes.

    Keep enjoying gin, Cheers!

  20. Having just tried this gin for the first time this evening, I think your notes are right on the money. I mixed up a martini, the way I usually do, but this time the vermouth (Dolin) really leapt out at me! The Aviation had quite a magnifying effect. Next time I’ll opt for a drier ratio. And I’m really intrigued to see how it’ll work in a Vesper (my 2nd fave gin cocktail).

  21. This review has been very helpful and right on. G’vine Floraison is the only Gin I could drink. Somehow therewas a bottle of aviation on myself when I was organizing not sure how it got there I always give away any Gin that’s not G’vine. So I tried the Aviation and was pleasantly surprised.Shortly after I search for some info and I found this review. Having a similar experience and thoughts I decided to give this Gin a go. Variety being the spice of life I’m happy to have them both on my shelf.

  22. Sorry folks, but I just tried this based on the Wine Enthusiast high rating. It tastes terrible to me! It left an after taste like dishwater. I cannot drink it. Never again. However, I will also mention that my wife said she kind of liked it. So, it’s all hers. :>)

  23. I like this for the bottle alone which in Canad looks like a giant hip flask. However, the Sasparilla novelty wore off pretty quickly and I won’t be going back.

  24. I never met a gin I didn’t like, but I really struggled with this one! My first encounter I thought it was the different brand of tonic water I was using, or old ice. But my return to it was marked with a kind of floral sweetness and aftertaste that I just can’t handle. I thought it was the sarsaparilla that was giving it a cream soda/root beer-y taste, but I wasn’t sure. Great bottle, not my flavor style at all though. Looking for a cocktail I can mix it into to serve to party guests…

  25. Personally, I love Aviation gin. By far the best gin I have ever had, but, OTOH, I’m not a huge gin enthusiast.
    I can see how those who are expecting a big blast of juniper will be let down, but I really like the balance, smoothness, and complexity.

  26. Worst money I ever spent on spirits. Now, I’m afraid to try “American Gin” again. Might try “Old Tom.” I like Citadel quite a bit.

  27. I finally had a chance to try this because my liquor store had it on “closeout” for only $24. So I suppose they won’t be carrying it anymore, which is sad, but it’s also out of my price range normally so I’m glad I got the chance to try it. On the first sip it became my favorite gin. I certainly enjoy juniper-forward gins, but to me gin isn’t defined by juniper, it’s about interesting flavors. And this is the most interesting of all. I was wondering if you picked up a caraway flavor? That is what hit me the most on smelling it and tasting it.

  28. “leave it to the experts, even knowing what I was looking for I wasn’t getting sasparilla”.
    Yes, leave it to the experts! INDIAN sarsaparilla [which is what is in this gin] does not taste like sarsaparilla at all.

  29. It’s definitely not a London Dry, and I grew up on Tanqueray, but you can play the flavors to make a very nice Martini – cries out for a twist, not olives! House Spirits recommends Dolin, a twist, and a dash of orange bitters. Lovely for a change of pace. I don’t think it’s suited for G&T. Try Portland’s Aria if you are strictly a classicist, clean, balanced, new “old school”.

  30. Not that crazy about it. There is a flavor in it I find awful, it reminds me of how an old box of band-aids or gauze 4×4’s smell. I killed the bottle hoping it would taste better. I just drank it with tonic and lime. I won’t buy it again. I have tried other domestic gins that I do like so I do not blame it on domestic. I do really like juniper so that was the first black mark. The aroma didn’t help.

  31. Not a particularly good gin if you like a true juniper-forward gin. Way too floral. I’d would even rather drink Gordon’s than Aviation, but I’ll stick with my Tangueray or Beefeaters.

  32. Is the product available in Australia ? Big gin fan would be interested in trying . The U.K gins are exceptional , but would be interested to taste the USA production .

  33. I’m in the restaurant business and a gin drinker myself. In South Africa the ”Gin craze” is quite new. Everyone here was used to having Gordan’s gin as the only option for years. Due to the rise of gin ”experts” began to shoot up like mushrooms. I would imagine that every spirit has gone through this. Saying it is drain cleaner is not accurate as gin is an acquired taste to start off with. Aviation is not a traditional gin but then show me one that is true to the original gin that dubbed the phrase mothers ruin and caused people to sell their clothes to get drunk. Aviation is not bone dry and not super floral or citrus, best would be to call it a hybrid. Easy to drink neat and makes a fantastic Tom Collins. To the person who said that they are afraid to try another American gin due to them no liking Aviation is like me trying Bud light and comparing watered down pee to another American beer. Grow up, if you don’t like a gin try another and drink the crap out of it. If this is not for you try a London dry, when the sarcasm this flows like the Niagara falls drink whiskey or try actual drain cleaner and bottle it, I’m sure you’ll win over the hearts of Gin drinkers all over the world.

  34. I can imagine the provocation this is going to cause BUT to my mind, just like all wine makers don’t make a particular varietal taste the same as the next and a blended wine is all about style besides expertise, this gin has style. And not just the bottle design (which I like). For me, I’d call it a lovely blend. Just as some diehards must drink the same thing for 60 years, I am glad I was open to it. I loved it in a dry martini and with tonic.

  35. If you dont like Gin, then drink Aviation Gin because it has nothing to do with the REAL Gin taste. Just buy the standard London dry Gin from Tanqeray that is very smooth with less Juniper taste than a ‘normal’ London dry Gin. If you want a little more Juniper taste then go with the Gordons London dry Gin.
    I mix Gin with: 1 part Rose’s yellow lime. 2 parts Real Gin. 8 parts Indian Tonic.
    Best Regards from Denmark.

  36. I never write reviews, and it seems the jury is out on liking or not liking Aviation…..but I just can not get over how weird this gin is! Such an odd flavor profile, like a high alcohol, minty, root beer mouthwash! I did try it with a couple of different Fever Tree tonics but neither time could get beyond a couple of sips. IMO there were no ‘floral’ notes (like Nolets or Hendricks) or they were buried because of how strong the sarsaparilla flavor is. I rarely throw out Gin but this is down the drain.

  37. I found Aviation to be average to OK without being special. I first tried it at a movie theater (AMC) and didn’t really dig it. I never just based on one tasting because the technique of the bartender in making a martini counts a lot. But, after a few tries, I’m ok with it but it’s not on my go-to list. Haven’t tried in in a GnT but might give that a shot and see if that’s better.

  38. There is something repellent about this gin! It smells like the additive put in natural gas to give it an odor.

    No stars!

  39. I’ve never been a big fan of gin because most taste like pinecones to me, though a good bartender once had me liking Sapphire martinis. I like this gin because it’s easy for me to craft this gin with all kinds of flavored bitters or mixes for unique martinis. It doesn’t blow you away with juniper. It is lighter yet flavorful, but I didn’t get floral hints at all. Perhaps if I added floral violet, it would have come through.

  40. We have always enjoyed in theginisin as a website to research various gins before we buy them. Unfortunately this Aviation gin review is probably the worst review of a gin I have seen on this website. Not a horrible gin it’s highly mediocre. To give it the same rating as Nolets Silver is an unmitigated travesty…what are you tasting? There is nothing redeeming here…multiple gins are better at this price point. And the website with a movie star pledging he has tasted all the gins in the world and that this is the best….should tell you everything ….

  41. Mike–
    Thanks for the note. I reviewed this gin long before Reynolds began working with Aviation. While he’s done a lot to raise the profile of Aviation Gin (and American Gin), I don’t think it’s entirely fair to the American Gin market– especially when Aviation has done so much to establish itself as the flavor of American Gin.

    I like Aviation Gin, but in terms of flavor profile– If you like Nolet, I can understand why you don’t like the flavor of Aviation. I would put them in two completely different flavor camps. I suggest you search based on flavor profile and less based on my overall star ratings. Aviation Gin is well made, but if you don’t like the flavor– there’s no amount of stars that will change your mind.

    I don’t want to cast any shade, but I would challenge Reynolds any day of the week– there’s almost 3,000 gins in the world and I bet he hasn’t even tasted one hundreth of what is out there. Good marketing, yes. But it’s not like every distillery in the world was looking for a celebrity endorsement.

  42. We sell around 40 different gins in our bar and Aviation is easily the worst tasting. Even the smell is vile. We can’t give it away. If there wasn’t the Ryan Reynolds connection this stuff would be discontinued already.

  43. Not a big fan of gin in general. Tried Aviator during this self distancing time and have enjoyed it very much. Nice to have a different taste to experience. Yeah,Ryan Reynolds. Your commercials inspired me to try it.

  44. A bad Vodka will taste like nail polish remover. A bad Gin will taste like the water leaking out of the lawnmower bag after cutting wet grass.

    I don’t get that at all with Aviation. I actually really liked it. The florals were there, but muted, the other flavours ramped up and made this a pleasant drink from almost straight, in cocktails, or as a component in a big jug of “let’s get wrecked” juice. There are other Gins that fit this description, but this one has my attention at the moment and I highly recommend it.

    I’d take it over Bombay Sapphire any day.

    For the record, Bombay isn’t like grass clippings. It’s more like a trip to the cosmetics counter when your wife wants you to help her pick out a new perfume, and you end up going home with sinuses jammed with the discarded remains of what didn’t sell at the local greenhouse. It’s a mission specific Gin, it does some things very well but is not suitable to a wide range of implementations. Aviation is far more versatile.

  45. Aviation Gin. I like what some have said. I’m an American with a huge admiration for:

    (1) Ryan Reynolds
    (2) Canada
    (3) The Pacific Northwest

    So those factors allow me to afford this gin a lot of grace. Overall though, I don’t get it. Maybe I’m unsophisticated. Gin (for me) has to be secret, poison, pine trees and potent. I’ll never forget the taste of the stolen gin & tonics i used to make when my mother wasn’t looking, as a kid. That was Tanqueray, BeefEater, even the hobo elixir that is Seagrams Gin. That smell/taste was something piney, alcoholic and forbidden. These new gins with their flowers, cucumbers, cardamom and saffron… lets just call that calliope juice—meadow dancer tears. But I digress.

    Aviation is unbalancing for traditional gin heads and a warm embrace for vodka lovers and sober people. Gun metal; solvent and carbon paper were the tasting notes I remember, from when i had it. It really is a head scratcher.

    I’ll try this gin one more time in an actual aviation cocktail or maybe a Last Word cocktail (which is all hype and tastes like Catholic grade school punishment). I’m really hoping I’ll see the light.

  46. I am an avid Gin drinker and enjoyed the playful flavors in this one! I had to look up the herbs used because I thought I kept tasting wild mint but perhaps it was the juniper? Unexpected and whole fully liked!

  47. When first I tried this, I wasn’t impressed. But after drinking other gins and coming back to it, there really is something special about this one. Love it with just a splash of simple syrup and club soda/seltzer (I f’ing hate tonic, yeah I said it). Its unique characteristics are subtle, so it’s wasted in a cocktail, imo. I suppose it’s a ‘love it or hate it’ gin.

  48. In reading the reviews, I have to throw half out. Good or not, too many here are swayed by the “Reynolds” Hollywood factor. And I get it — celebrities are annoying as hell. You want to hate it just because the rich, spoiled bastards are involved. It is average, not good or bad. It is very meh.

  49. Which is a bit of a shame— the liquid inside is the same that it was before he signed on. Moreover, I’ll say this gin was this divisive even back when it first came out. A bit unusual, it pushes the category forward— but markets itself as somewhat traditional. It’s a tough line to walk, and the celebrity factor hasn’t helped.

  50. I can’t agree with the reviewer. To my taste buds, this is the least juniper-forward gin I’ve ever tasted. If like me, you’re not a big fan of juniper, I think you’ll like this one.

  51. As one who loathes celebrity brands, I can’t help but admit that this is now my new favorite widely-available gin. Yes, it could easily be considered pretty ‘standard’ in terms of flavor profile, but I do think that it’s one of the best ‘standard’ gins available today in the broad market. Sure, there are some pretty incredible ‘craft’ gins emerging these days, but they’re so local they can’t even be considered.

  52. Not a fan of Aviation. Just not enough flavor or bold enough for my liking. North Shore Gin No.6 is miles better, as far as new world gins.

  53. Must say it’s a win for me. It’s a smooth transition from pallet to gullet and has a great aftertaste.

  54. I prefer Gins neat, I tried this recently and to me its complete swill. First spirit in a long time to make me wince while drinking it. Glad I only got the sample bottle.

  55. I have drank this nectar of the gods. And I will sing from the rooftops its praises. I was an officianado of vodka but now I am a devoted fan to Aviation it’s smooth as silk and I love its after taste. Beefeaters be damned and sent to the bottom shelf. This gin should remain on the top forever.

  56. I can’t agree with either Aviation lovers or haters: It’s a good gin, but hardly a great one.
    I’ll buy it when it’s on sale because it is a decent daily gin; but if it’s priced any higher than $30 a bottle, I’ll look for something else.

  57. Found six 50 ml bottles in my local ABC Store that were on closeout for $1.04 each. Figured it’s hard to go wrong at that price. Worst $6.24 I’ve spent in a long time. I tried it neat and the ethanol overpowered any aroma or taste. I much prefer a Juniper forward London Dry, so maybe it’s just not for me.

  58. Loving all the comments. To the tasters that give this Gin a hard time… especially to the ones who only drink Gin and Tonics! You need to get out more. Really. 😄
    Do what I did many years ago and spend a day at a Gin gala. Tasting various offerings from 30 or more distilleries. (Without tonic) sip, sip, sip, sip.. you’ll soon taste everything from rocket fuel that seems to rip your lungs out to the smoothest of the smooth… and that’s from a bunch of hand picked “noted” distilleries. You’ll have heavy Juniper in alot but also variations with a little less… that are supplemented with other botanicals. Some will be wild and nasty, some will be very subtle and refined. (and I’m not talking about artificially coloured and flavoured rubbish)
    It will make you really appreciate the art of creating an amazing gin of all varieties! Everyone’s taste buds are different, no doubt…although once you have tasted many, you will know what you like and what you don’t!
    Afterwards you might pose the question “which gins are best suited for particular cocktails?” Negronis, G&T’s, dirty martini’s whatever your fancy… you’ll find that certain Gins are best swallowed with one cocktail rather than the other and sometimes something as simple as a small amount of soda water and a slice of citrus. Sometimes, cheaper but still tasty varieties might be a better option with tonic or cocktails where the naked beauty of the gin gets a little lost in the mix…. similar to smoking a delicious brisket for twelve hours and then just covering it in sauce before eating it… All that work, and all you can taste is sauce! A little butter, salt and pepper, perhaps a little rosemary or thyme compliments things whilst still making the smoked brisket the hero.
    Im sure some here get the idea!
    I was able to taste this Gin by chance at my local bottle shop as it was 20% off. I had never heard of it, let alone researched it before… To be honest, I would never have gone for it as I found the graphic design pretty standard, boring and uninspiring! What a surprise! I enjoy this on ice, or with soda and orange, or in a negroni. Not really a G&T fan for a years now as I feel it just tastes like….well… tonic! 😂 Rant over! Don’t hate!

  59. I tried others and Literally this is my GoTo…😎🤟 For Some Reason Aviation Gin and Glenfiddich 14 Scotch are Always there…😎😎😎.Thank You for this Treat…!!!

  60. It’s a hard no from me for Aviator Gin. I tried it a few years back in the US and was unimpressed, and now it’s the only Gin served on American Airlines international flights, and recently the only Gin available on British Airways, which is disappointing. I have tried it neat, and with various tonics, but I can’t bring myself to explore other cocktails with this one. I wonder to what extent the flavour has changed since the production ramped up (after becoming famously celeb-endorsed?) which for Gin often means the leap from a single-shot to multi-shot distillation process, which done badly can give a more ethanol forward taste.

    There are plenty of better American Gins out there to try.

  61. It’s a hard no from me for Aviation Gin. I tried it a few years back in the US and was unimpressed, and now it’s the only Gin served on American Airlines international flights, and recently the only Gin available on British Airways, which is disappointing. I have tried it neat, and with various tonics, but I can’t bring myself to explore other cocktails with this one. I wonder to what extent the flavour has changed since the production ramped up (after becoming famously celeb-endorsed?) which for Gin often means the leap from a single-shot to multi-shot distillation process, which done badly can give a more ethanol forward taste.

    There are plenty of better American Gins out there to try.

  62. I bought some “Aviation Gin”. it’s smooth on its own..but rather tasteless if mixed with pub soda soft drink.
    Needless to say I had to had another 50ml to the drink to taste it.
    It’s not a favourite of mine..I personally would prefer the Japanese “Roku Gin”
    I honestly believe that it’s over priced. @ $88.99
    And possibly wouldn’t purchase again

  63. Love this gin. Delicate and interesting. Delicious as a classic martini. But try it with a different olive like Castelvetrano. And this is a terrific gin neat.
    Also, don’t tell Ryan, but I think it is way UNDER priced!