Finally had the chance to visit the home of Aviation Gin (which may be known to all you gin junkies is House Spirits Distillery in Portland OR). What an amazing vibe their new premises has, with an umbrella scattered courtyard decorating the large glass entrance way to their new tasting room, serving cocktail samples on tap along side their somewhat extensive spirits collection. Walking around the tasting room there are these interesting little cubbies, showing amazing infographics about each of their different spirits and the history of House Spirits Distillery. 

Now, most of you gin lovers will know what Aviation gin tastes like so I don’t need to bore you with the details on that, and if you haven’t tried Aviation yet (what on earth are you doing with your life, Jeez Louise) get out their and try some.

Their other spirits however are something I have never had the chance to try before, in particular their Krogstad Festlig Aquavit (I am going through a serious akvavit phase at the moment, - don’t judge me – ever since I realised not all Aquavit tastes like aniseed flavoured paint stripper). Krogstad Festlig Aquavit contains only two ingredients (besides alcohol of course) caraway seeds and anise. I found the anise was a little too overpowering for my tastes, but it is a quality spirit that any one with a serious hankering for anise or liquorice flavours should try, as I am sure it will make a fantastic ingredient in cocktails.

It was pretty incredible to visit House Spirits, and they are a part of Portland’s Distillery Row. If you buy a Distillery Passport for ~$30USD, not only will you be able to enjoy a full tasting flight at House Spirits Distillery, but you will also be able to go on a tasting at each of the different Distilleries in Distiller’s Row as well as those in the NW Distilling District, which I would highly recommend doing if you are ever in Portland.