This is an in-depth overview of Avion Tequila. We will be discussing the brand, the people, the production methods and everything that goes into the tequila.
Who Owns Avión Tequila?
Ken Austin Owner of Avion Tequila
Ken Austin creator and founder Avion launched in New York and California in 2010. Soon after, it appeared on the television show "Entourage" where it became a huge success.
Ken Austin had a simple goal to create the best-tasting tequila among all other tequila brands in the world.
For this reason, he wanted to find a way to distill the smoothest tequila and to share his passion with the world.
He set out to find and improve traditional methods, using the best raw materials to create a unique and smooth tequila.
Types of Tequila Avión
Avion Silver Tequila
Avión Silver Tequila
For about $40, this is an unaged, clean, bright, crystalline white tequila.
Pure white, well done, with a lot of natural sweetness.
Avion Silver tequila is hand-made using only the best blue weber agave found in the higher regions of Jalisco, Mexico.
The plant that grows at this altitude is one of the most coveted plants in silver tequila production because the soil is rich in minerals, giving the spirits its unique qualities and characteristics.
Nose - Intense sweetness of ripe agave, with some mint, lime, buttery citrus, fruity flavors (grapefruit, pineapple), pepper, a little alcohol, and slight smoke.
Taste - Try light to medium oil, butter, cooked and sweet agave, and black pepper a little citrus and fruity mint, as well as a bit of fennel (licorice) and smoke. On the palate, it is crisp, silky, and smooth. It is a very soft, very natural sweetness, with a slight burning sensation.
Finish - Sweet agave, citrus, and pepper flavor, with a mild alcohol flavor and a hint of smoke and fennel. A pleasant and buttery medium finish.
Avion Reposado Tequila
Avión Reposado Tequila
At about $44.99, Avión Reposado has aged for six months, but the color is lighter (no colorant). Its aroma and taste are also delicate, with roasted agave and oak flavors, slight cherry and spice flavors, and floral aromas including fruit, caramel, and vanilla flavors. It is very balanced, light, and delicious.
Nose - light oak and caramel, with vanilla. A touch of alcohol, roasted sweet agave, drink, flowers, smoke, black pepper, cherry, spice, and fruit.
Taste - A light caramel, vanilla taste to medium oils—Floral, cherry, and mild oak notes, with a soft alcohol bite. Avion Tequila has an incredibly natural, agave sweet taste.
Finish - Has an average exit of sweetness, mild oak, slight numbing, and mild caramel.
Avión Añejo Tequila
Avión Añejo Tequila
Approximately $47.90, its aging happens for two years, with a bright and sharp aroma of sweet agave, vanilla and caramel cherry notes, and fruity aromas.
Añejo is well-balanced and relatively prosperous—aromas of whiskey/oak, some smoke, and spice.
The nose is delightful here; although it has tons of solid agave sweetness, the taste is not overly sweet. It's a nice tasty añejo tequila.
Nose - The nose is light oak and caramel, vanilla. Sweet roasted agave, a touch of alcohol, flowers, smoke, some black pepper, cherries, fruits, and some spices.
Taste - light to medium oil, light caramel, and vanilla flavor. Soft aromas of cherry, floral, and oak, slightly alcoholic. It has natural sweetness.
Finish - Medium output sweetness, soft oak flavor, slight numbness, and soft caramel flavor.
Avión Reserva 44 Extra Añejo Tequila
Avión Reserva 44 Extra Añejo Tequila
For about US $ 129.99, based on Avion Blanco (silver), Reserva 44 is aged in old oak barrels for 43 months and then aged in small oak barrels that rotate every day for another 30 days.
Total aging is 44 months. This gem uses exquisite packaging and hand-numbered glass bottles, individually signed by the founder and president, Ken Austin.
It is not a caramel or vanilla bomb but a delicious, rich, and balanced treat.
It has flavors of cherry, honey, fruit, chocolate, and agave. The aging process is a limited and fantastic operation.
Nose - Cognac/whiskey oak aroma, butter with pleasant aromas of cherry, fruit, and caramel. There is mild cinnamon, some agave sweetness, spices, gentle heat and honey, soft vanilla and cream/caramel, leather, and smoky aromas, which is a delicious nose.
Taste - Medium oil, whiskey/oak, some chocolate, dried fruit, a touch of spice, creamy soft caramel, caramel, vanilla, and fruit. The taste is smooth and balanced, and even at this level, there is a reflection sweetness of agave.
Finish - Sweet aftertaste, balanced with cherries, honey, soft caramel, and vanilla. Fruity and slightly spicy flavor, with mild heat. The aftertaste is long, smooth, and delicious.
Avion Tequila Silver Single Origen Tequila
Avión Silver Single Origin Tequila
Avion decided to enhance its ultra-premium tequila packaging design with a luxurious canister. This help consumers understand the history and brand behind this single-source blue weber agave tequila grown in the highlands of Jalisco.
"AVIÓN TEQUILA DE UNICO ORIGEN" will be proudly displayed on the front of the bottle, highlighting a rare aspect of Avión DNA. Tequila Avión is one of the few single-origin tequilas on the market, which means that all their Blue Weber tequila comes from a small town in Jesús María, Mexico, and uses only water as an auxiliary ingredient in the final product.
In the large tequila industry, it is not common to produce tequila from agave that has been grown only in one area.
In this case, with Avión's small highland agave batch. A batch number is written on each label.
The bottle will keeps the same stylish and practical shape for bartenders to ensure it fits tightly in the hand and is easy to pour with a slim neck.
In an attempt to express the journey of life, the side has an etch with the words "departure" and "arrival" to provide a grippy feeling when held.
How is Avion Tequila Made?
Ken Austin and Alejandro-Lopez in Avion blue weber agave fields.
Avión Tequila is hand-made using only the best Blue Weber agave found in the higher regions of Jalisco, Mexico.
The plant that grows at this altitude is one of the most coveted blue weber agave plants in tequila production because the soil is rich in minerals, giving the spirit its unique qualities and characteristics.
The secret behind the extraordinary smoothness lies in the elaborate procedure: the agave is baked in a specific traditional brick oven and then distilled in small batches.
Finally, the secret filtering method brings out the strong flavor of the spirits.
Avion Tequila Production Process
The following process is the tequila production process for Avion's main line of tequilas.
Only the most mature and sweet agave (high sugar content) selected by hand is suitable for use. The López family grows agave in PFA. This family has been in business for three consecutive generations.
The climate, altitude, soil, and brix of the region create a sweeter tequila. With notes that are "crisp, fruit forward, and smooth."
Ken Austin Avion Tequila Harvesting Blue Weber Agave
Once the jimador cuts the agave leaves and harvests the agave piña with his coa, the agave heart is then placed into an autoclave where it is simmered in the oven for 72 hours.
Once ready the cooked agave is ground down to produce a fibrous material called bagazo that is ready for fermentation.
Fermentation and Distillation
Fermentation takes place in outdoor stainless steel tanks using proprietary yeast instead of commercial yeast.
The distillation is done in a special small stainless steel tank still with a copper coil.
It requires small 3,500-liter copper coil stills for the first distillation (ordinary) and then stills of the same size come in handy for the second distillation in another part of the facility.
After distillation, Avion uses a unique procedure to enhance the flavor by creating a proprietary filtration method called "super slow filtration."
The filtration of tequila is very slow and occurs through activated carbon to remove all trace particles and make the tequila smoother.
What you get is a flavor strictly conforms to Avion specifications.
At the time, they call it the "uplifting moment." It takes about ten times longer than traditional filtration. Avion is distilled twice at 40V.
Añejo, Reposado, and Extra Añejo tequila are aged in already used and slightly burnt Jack Daniels American whiskey barrels.
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* This article has been edited for accuracy, photography, and new content on 02/15/22.