Actor, writer, producer, and global fan favorite, Ryan Reynolds, has acquired an ownership interest in Aviation Gin – the world’s highest-rated Gin and an icon of the American craft distilling movement, founded in Portland, Oregon.
Reynolds pursued the investment after tasting Aviation Gin for the first time. Said Reynolds, “Aviation is the best-tasting Gin in the world. Once I tried it, I knew I wanted to get involved with the company in a big way.”
Aviation is an innovative American Gin with a unique botanical mix that results in a much smoother, easier drinking flavor than typical London Dry Gins.
“If you think all Gin tastes the same, you’d be mistaken,” said Reynolds, who enjoys Aviation on the rocks. “Aviation is in a completely different league and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the company.”
In connection with the investment, Reynolds will play an active role in the day-to-day business and oversee creative direction as part of his mission to introduce the world to the great taste of Aviation.
“We couldn’t be happier that Ryan discovered Aviation. He wholeheartedly embodies the authentic, original spirit of Aviation Gin,” said Andrew T. Chrisomalis, CEO of Davos Brands. “Ryan has worked tirelessly to create some of the world’s most iconic media properties and will bring that drive and creativity to sharing Aviation with the world.”
Aviation Gin is the world’s highest-rated Gin (97 points, Wine Enthusiast) and helped establish a new style of American Gin – softer and smoother, with juniper in the background and citrus and floral notes in the front – resulting in more balanced cocktails. Created by a unique bartender/distiller partnership, Aviation is crafted in small batches in Portland, Oregon.
Davos Brands is a portfolio of award-winning craft spirits brands. With a focus on product innovation and integrity, the portfolio includes Aviation Gin, the world’s highest-rated Gin; Astral Tequila, a Double Gold medal tequila made using heritage methods; Sombra Mezcal, a Double Gold medal Mezcal and a leader in sustainable production; and TYKU Sake, the #1 premium sake in the US.
According to Aviation 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.”