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Aviation became a household name for gin aficionados when actor and entrepreneur, Ryan Reynolds, acquired a stake in the company in 2018. However, more than a decade before Reynolds was attached, Willamette Weekly reports that the Portland, Oregon-based brand debuted in 2005.

Aviation is an authentic American gin with a smooth palate, layering fresh floral and botanical notes. In 2012, Wine Enthusiast awarded Aviation an impressive 97 points.

Reynolds tried alcohol in 2018 and became addicted. In a press release about his investment in the company, Reynolds shared that “Aviation is the best tasting gin in the world. Once I tried it, I knew I wanted to get involved with important way in the business.” Willamette Weekly reports that with Reynold’s involvement, Aviation sales grew 100% in 2019. A year later, alcohol giant Diageo acquired Aviation in a deal estimated to be worth over $600 million.

The $28 84-proof gin is ideal in a bold gin and tonic, emphasizing the liquor’s balanced freshness. To produce the gin, a botanical blend, including cardamom, lavender and orange peel, macerates for 18 hours, infusing the liquor with bold aromas and spicy, herbal flavors. We tried the gin, finding it aromatic, smooth and well rounded.