Country & region: Netherlands Amsterdam
Grapes: Aviation Gin, Oregon Our second gin comes from over Stateside. Although gin is distinctly European in origin, America has created its own unique expressions. Often made by distilleries to keep things ticking over while they wait for their whiskeys to age, American gin has now created an identity all of its own, and Aviation has taken it one step further. Juniper is widely considered to be the very heart, soul and lifeblood of gin so, for Aviation founders Ryan Magarian and Christian Krogstad, to relegate it to merely a note in the background is a brave step into the unknown. Sharing the stage in equal measure with juniper are sarsaparilla, orange peel, coriander, cardamom, anise and lavender. And this bold move has certainly paid off, garnering an aggregated score of 90 points from our critics. If you are looking for a unique gin with a bit of a twist, then look no further for an average of $31, this will give any cocktail a bit of a lift.