Aviation Gin

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Aviation Gin
70cl / 42%
New batch-distilled US gin. Distillers Lee Medoff and Christian Krogstad have teamed up with Seattle mixologist Ryan Magarian to produce a new gin based on the fuller-bodied Dutch style with rye neutral grain spirit and what they describe as a ‘botanical democracy’ of Juniper, Cardamom, Coriander, Lavender, Anise, Sarsaparilla and Orange Peel.
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Tasting Notes from Spirits Review (Chris Carlsson)

Notes: From the land of the serious foodies comes another small distiller with a completely different take on Gin. Made in a small pot still and handcrafting each batch the small scale production and attention to detail show you what is possible if you have the skills and dedication. Utilizing a traditional Dutch or early American Rye grain base (which brings it's own zest, spiciness and weight compared to corn or wheat base spirits) and a much more even handed blending approach (read less juniper than a London Dry Gin).

First Impression: Not your father's (or mother's) gin. Juniper is not the first and defining characteristic. Saspirilla, lavender and some anise wrap around cardamom and orange peel, with coriander lingering around the edges.This is in addition to a unmistakable spiciness and earthiness that the rye base brings to the mix.

Taste: Medium to heavy body played off by the blending of the floral and spicy. Pleasantly heavy rye and spice entry with floral lavender and anise top notes. mild tingling on the lips and tongue with floral spice and grain finish lingering nicely. Very clean distillation.

Drinks: Makes a excellent and singular martini-especially for those people who are not a fan of juniper. Outstanding gin and tonic with the lavender and bubbles making for a unexpected and delightful surprise. The Aviation is truly outstanding: 4 parts gin, 1 part fresh lemon juice, 1 part maraschino liqueur (dry). It even makes a interesting, if slightly sacrilegious, Lassi.

Final Thoughts: A very praiseworthy attempt at creating at completely different gin. While taking a old style genever or American style base they have added a deft sense of blending,maceration and distillation to create a truly outstanding Gin.This is the gin to use to resurrect those classic pre-Prohibition American cocktail recipes such as the Alamagoozlum and a host of others, that simply cannot be done with a London Dry. Amazingly cheap compared to all its competitors and a must have for the discerning gin connoisseur.

[These notes are reproduced from www.spiritsreview.com]

Customer Reviews:(6 reviews)
Love this gin! It is strong but delicious!
- Susan3, 11th January
a fine bouquet of dried flowers, notes of lavender, anise. Wonderful in a gin martini with a twist of lemon peel
- anonymous, 18th Aug '11
Makes a good Bloody Mary (sub Vodka for this) as it has some nice savoury notes.
- DB Smith, 21st Nov '10
I dearly love this gin: smooth, heavy, and great with a frozen forest berry in it instead of lemon or cucumber. Delicious stuff.
- anonymous, 12th May '10
This is the worst gin I have ever tasted. The lavender is overwhelming and makes for a gin that tastes like soap. I am so disappointed with my purchase of this gin. It shouldn't even be allowed to be called "gin."
- anonymous, 15th Feb '09
Excellent. Thick and oily (like aviation fuel?) with aniseed the most notable flavour. Perhaps substitute sprig of fennel in place of slice of lemon in G
- Tom Scambler, 21st Sep '08
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