The Aviation Gin story starts in 2005, when Seattle bartender Ryan Magarian was introduced to "summer gin" by a friend from Portland, Oregon. This gin had been made as a one-off, with a less intense flavour of juniper, to give a softer, more easy-drinking style gin, perfect for enjoying in the summer heat.

Recognising the gin's potential for the classic, pre-Prohibition cocktails that he was so passionate about, Ryan headed off to Portland to meet the gin's distiller, Christian Krogstad. Together they founded Aviation Gin - an American gin based on the idea of creating a softer, smoother and less overtly juniper-dominated flavour profile.

Recently actor Ryan Reynolds has become involved, adding his inimitable sense of humour to Aviation's profile - as well as a little Hollywood glamour.

"I've tried every gin on the planet and Aviation is, hands down, the best. Also, I don't recommend trying every gin on the planet. Stick with this one." – Ryan Reynolds, Owner, Aviation American Gin

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Aviation - a chosen few from us

Aviation American Gin, Aviation, 70cl


This small, batch distilled Gin is made in Portland, Oregon and has actor Ryan Reynolds at its helm. The base spirit is made from rye, with a traditional recipe producing a well-balanced, smooth, exceptional-quality Gin.


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