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Aviation Gin

(70cl, 42%)

Aviation Gin

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Aviation Gin Bottling Note

Founded in 2006, Aviation gin takes its name from the Aviation cocktail, which was created in the 1900s. The gin takes a Dutch style rye spirit base combined with with juniper, lavender, anise, sarsaparilla, orange peel and cardamom, and the botanicals are steeped in grain spirit for 48 hours before they are redistilled. A pretty intriguing tipple, with a very handsome Gatsby-esque bottle. A fabulous gin to go its eponymous cocktail, though we wouldn't suggest you wing it. (Geddit?)

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Crisp notes of juniper alongside delicate floral sweetness, parma violets, a touch of citrus peel and some green vegetal notes in there too, with a pinch of spice.

Palate: Wonderfully spicy notes, more prominent than on the nose, cardamom shining through and a scattering of cinnamon, with floral notes continuing.

Finish: Spices linger, along with the return of citrus peel.

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Aviation Gin Reviews


Incredible gin. The balance of crisp fresh and spice are spot on. The gin is clean and yet flavoursome on its own. Add a slim line and an orange slice and you have the best gin of 2020

29th October 2020

pour down the sink

The absolute worst gin I have ever had. It tastes of licorice. Terrible in a martini. Rancid straight. Drinkable with a sweeter tonic. I have never regretted buying a bottle as much as this.

19th October 2020

Run a mile!

Thanks for putting me off, I tend to believe people more who say a gin is bad because they know what they're talking about rather than a person who says it's great because they've never tasted a good gin. The comment below 'A gin for people who like cheap vodka' is sending a strong message!

19th September 2020

Not for people that like gin.

Dumped it down the drain.

16th September 2020


Love it

4th September 2020

Extremely disappointed

There's a lot of hype around Aviation not least because of Ryan but also because of its recent sale to Diageo. If you like proper gin you really won't like this. American Gin is like American chocolate....dreadful. Save your money and buy 2 bottles of Gordon's or a bottle of Plymouth. As you can tell, I'm very underwhelmed. Sorry everyone. Gin E'nthusiast

3rd September 2020

Almost as delicious as York Gin.

Beautiful, smooth easy drinking Gin - less juniper, which I like, slightly spicy with citrus notes. Extremely moreish.

17th August 2020

A gin for people who like cheap vodka.

Not worth the money.

5th August 2020

Why so irregular reviews ??

Why so nany mixed reviews.
Havent tasted it yet . .
So no comment. .

Remember we all have different taste buds and pallette's .

22nd July 2020

Aviation is taste sensation!

So many gins to explore these days but I keep coming back to Aviation gin... it’s fresh and zesty, slips down so easily. I serve it straight from the freezer mixed with tonic and fresh lime. Bliss!

6th June 2020

Tastes like medicine

I love gin but I couldn't finish a single drink with this. It genuinely tastes like cough syrup... leaves a gross aftertaste too.

1st June 2020

My new favorite. By far.

This gin is my new favorite drink. It’s easily the best gin on the market and Hendricks should be scared. Really impressive.

6th May 2020


This is one of the worst gins I have ever tasted. Tried it with a variety of tonics/garnishes but nothing worked. I can’t describe the taste other than it is unpalatable no matter what. The only gin I have ever had to tip down the sink.

2nd May 2020

Total surprise

I thought it would be a scam after hearing Ryan Reynolds owned the joint. Was shocked to like it so much. One of the best Gins

19th April 2020


A strange gin, juniper masked by the taste of liquorice. Quite harsh and difficult to enjoy. If you are after a juniper forward gin or a smooth gin this isn't for you.

26th March 2020

Customer for life

This is the very best gin on the market. So smooth and less juniper forward than other dry gins. Customer for life.

29th November 2019

Drink on ice

Great with tonic but even better when consumed neat as it should be

13th November 2019

Cocktail Gin

Sadly I got excited to try this, was more disappointed in myself than the gin, it’s a decent cocktail gin but not just for tonic and enjoying. The taste neat is more like a vodka than a gin

10th October 2019

Not a fan of spicy gins, but Aviation is exceptional

Perplexing, as I like English and Indian dry gins, never spicy ones, but this one is so classy it somehow wins me over. The juniper is subdued, theyve added lesser-used botanicals, and the spiciness continues, pushing the pine to the very end. I havent worked out why yet, but this might be the fifth best gin Ive ever tasted (all the others are dry gins). The distillers have clearly made some very good decisions here.

10th July 2019

Smooth, unique and pleasent. Part with your salary.

Fantastic gin. This and Foxhole are by far the best I've had.

5th July 2019

This gin has the power of resurrection and the charm of a dapper gentleman with superior pigeon breeding skills

Got this for my 45t birthday. The bottle is sublime 30s deco with what feels like machined aviation grade aluminium cap. The palette bursts. I drink it with a splash of Sosa and s single basil leaf. It is excellence in a bottle.

24th June 2019

Ouch !

Average gin , tried it neat ouch , better for a cocktail where it’s poor taste can be masked. Very well marketed hides it flaws well ..

30th April 2019

Ryan Reynolds Says Otherwise...

Ryan Reynolds acquired an ownership interest in Aviation Gin earlier this year.
He has recently been quoted as saying the following:

"The reason some people don't drink gin is that strong juniper taste. So, after apologizing to each berry individually, we beat the living hell out of them," Reynolds says. "To ensure that heavenly taste, every bottle of Aviation is ordained by the Unitarian Church of Fresno, California. And then, before it departs home, serenaded by the healing music of Sarah McLachlan."

The description states it’s the most intense juniper flavor you’ll ever experience yet reviews state other wise... Mr Reynolds drinks his on the rocks apparently - can’t waiy to try it!!

14th December 2018

Not a fan

I love gin. Dry martinis, gin and tonics and Negronis. I have also discovered after a great deal of trial and error and gin buying in Irish and English airports that I really just fancy London dry gin. That said, I have enjoyed many "modern" gins and ancient non dry gins such as old tom. A friend of mine is an investor in this company and I received this bottle gratis. I have say, it tastes OK in martinis, but tastes disgusting in gin and tonics - strangely.

24th August 2018


Unexpected flavour. With a tonic, I really get the sarsaparilla coming through. Hints of root beer. I like it but its possible the least conventional gin I've had in awhile.

4th May 2018

Aviation Best Among Premiums

I tested all the premium gins on board a cruise ship. Aviation was the best in a Gin and Tonic. I had not seen the brand previously.

4th August 2017

For those who don't like gin

A great gin, for people who don't like gin. I love the aura behind it, but it just doesn't taste great to me. To each their own.

5th June 2017

What's in a name...?

Love it! But first for itself, and only second 'as a gin'. It seems to me that "gin" and "vodka" are so diversely populated now that they slide into and out of each other, their complex recipes and infusions making it hard to find a 'center' for either without staying locked on tradition. This is one of those gins where, if someone said 'taste this' and you didn't know what you were smelling or drinking, your eyebrows would lift, and you'd either think you'd found heaven, or that something wasn't quite right. For me, heaven.

8th May 2017

Not for me I'm afraid

A gin with the juniper somewhat hidden behind what I found a rather odd flavour and a rather harsh edge - not for me unfortunately

10th December 2016

Mmmm - not really

Worth a try and will suit some but not what I was expecting. Compared to Sipsmiths VJOP this has very little juniper in it - imho anyway

10th August 2016

Dangerously Smooth

I agree with last review..this is not a London dry gin. But nonetheless makes me appreciate them more for their character...however Aviation is uniquely styled gin that is clean, bright and refreshing. Absolutely enjoyed in a dirty gin martini.

9th March 2016

Not your typical London dry

I disagree that this isn't all about the juniper. I'd say juniper takes a back seat with this gin and it has a much smoother, less bright profile than some of the traditional London gins you're used to. Definitely a different profile. From what I've seen, people either love this gin or hate it and I tend to love it. Plus the deco style bottle is cool as fuck.

28th October 2015

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