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"With its clean, neutral profile, this graceful gin works well with just about anything, from Aviation cocktails (natch) to bone-dry Martinis. On the palate, look for bewitching hints of caraway, juniper, grapefruit and a dry, faintly spicy finish."
"Aviation Gin is a small batch New Western Dry Gin, produced at the House Spirits Distillery in Portland, Oregon.
Aviation Gin, which takes its name from the classic Aviation Cocktail, evolved from a friendship struck in the summer of 2005, between Distillers Lee Medoff and Christian Krogstad and noted northwest Bartender Ryan Magarian. After meeting for the first time, the three realized that they all shared the same passion for delivering liquid flavor experience through their own individual mediums; Lee and Christian through spirits and Ryan though hand-crafted cocktails.
Lee Medoff presides over a distillation process that begins with a maceration of botanicals that includes cardamom, lavender, coriander, anise seed, Indian Sarsaparilla, dried orange peel, and, of course, juniper, in 100 neutral rye grain spirit. Once the alcohol has soaked up all the flavor, the spirit is redistilled to arrive at the intensely flavored base product, which is then cut to 84 proof with de-ionized, de-mineralized, and desalinized water which affords these gentlemen the perfect "blank canvas" from which to paint the "flavor portrait" upon. "~ Jenny Adams Food And Beverage Underground
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How two innovators, Prohibition, and juniper, lead to the first American craft gin.
At 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 the House Spirits Distillery in Portland in 2002. 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. Through repeated trial and experimentation with 7 botanicals, Ryan and Christian finally landed on a democratic blend with juniper in the background. 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 fly solo.