Defying gravity: Avion founder ‘passionate and proud’

  • Avión Silver, or Blanco, is exceptionally well balanced and smooth. The agave aroma is beautiful with herbal tinges of mint and rosemary, delicate hues of flowers and black pepper, hints of grapefruit and pineapple.
  • Avión Reposado is aged 6 months, with an agave presence, and notes of cherry, pear, and peach, flower hues of rose petals and tinges of herbs. Oak aroma is elegant with hints of caramel and vanilla. It is extremely well balanced and sophisticated.
  • Avión Anejo is aged 2 years, with hints of vanilla, caramel, coconut and maple; tones of roasted agave, delicate tinges of mint and rosemary, fruity aromas of peach and cherry. It is rich, balanced and exquisite.

Like any parent, it is impossible for me to choose a favorite child.

TA: What other brands of tequila do you admire, and why?

KA: I admire all brands of tequila. It is and has been my spirit of choice and I feel we all should bond together and advocate for the consumption of this fine and dynamic spirit for those who choose to partake.

TA: What do you see in store for the future of Avión?

KA: We started by rolling out only in New York and California and just rolled out in New Jersey, Florida and Texas. Based on the incredible consumer response and the calls we are getting from other markets, we will continue to expand sooner than we originally planned, but we will be very thoughtful as to our expansion.

As for other expressions such as Extra Añejo…stay tuned.

 

Tequila Avión Tasting Notes

Tequila Avión is produced using agave grown in the highlands and is slow roasted in brick ovens under low temperatures. Distillation process uses pot stills with copper coils and is then filtered through a proprietary filtration process coined “ultra slow filtration.” This involves slow filtering the tequila through activated carbon, and, according to the brand’s fact sheet, “it is at this point where the flavors become firmly set to Tequila Avión specification at an exact moment in time – ‘the moment of elevation.’ The process takes approximately 10 times longer than traditional filtration.”

The lineup is consistent in flavor and essentially well-balanced. Some robustness in flavor seems to be missing, likely lost in filtration, and the resulting “smoothness” is as advertised. The reposado is my favorite to sip (the añejo is a bit too far on the sweet side) and the silver demonstrates versatility in cocktails.

 

Tequila Avión Silver

Clear. A light crisp scent that’s well-balanced with sweet, floral baked agave, strong on citrus and light herbal notes; lightly astringent. Sweet and light on the palate, it has a clean, floral agave flavor offering notes of mango with a nice, slight jolt of spicy pepper toward the back of the palate. It’s finish is smooth and short, with a nice herbal, almost minty aftertaste.

Rating: 7.5 – Recommended

Tequila Avión Reposado

Very pale, like light hay. Scent is subtle and consistent with the blanco, with added notes of honey and just a hint of roasted almond/wood and light vanilla. Baked agave and dried fruit dominate the nose with subtle floral notes and a hint of bitter dark chocolate and toasted pecans. The finish starts out dominated by flavors from the wood and is nicely surprising as it exhibits a stronger kick and stays around a bit longer than the blanco. The herbal aftertaste is a little bitter and woody, but leaves me pleased.

Rating: 8.5 – Highly Recommended

Tequila Avión Añejo

Lightly golden in hue. Smell is as sweet as candy with strong notes of caramel and vanilla surrounding floral agave with just a hint of citrus and pepper. Rich, sugary baked agave greet right upon entry, with strong notes of vanilla and citrus blossom backed with hints of chocolate, wood, and cherry. A short, sweet finish that offers a lingering, lightly herbal aftertaste of honey, chocolate, and oak. All bitterness displayed in the reposado has been nicely smoothed out.

Rating: 8.0 – Highly Recommended

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Lisa Pietsch is the Chief Operations Officer of Tequila Aficionado Media, a USAF veteran, a multi-published novelist and freelance writer, a social media marketing consultant, and the mother of two boys. She has a passion for good tequila, foreign languages, and travel in all forms. Lisa currently makes her home in San Antonio, Texas.