Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin is 100% authentic and all-natural. It’s infused with the vibrantly tinted butterfly pea blossom, adding a singularly distinct expression - an impossibly lush and vivid indigo blue, with a stunning secret to reveal; with the addition of citrus or tonic, Empress 1908 is transformed from its breathtaking indigo to a soft pink.
Empress 1908 is an original, shaping its own story as a fearless provocateur, a mystery in a bottle. Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, this is a gin with phenomenal depth and boldness of spirit. Gently refined, nuanced and enduring, Empress 1908 is the essence of Victoria.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, where the wild meets the well-appointed, a unique Canadian culture thrives. Breathtaking and majestic, Vancouver Island captivates with a ruggedness that showcases its pristine nature.
Victoria exudes an old-world charm that reigns with an adventurous spirit and British sensibility. A place whose kaleidoscope of colors is an enigma; dynamic, original, and the inspiration for Empress 1908 Indigo Gin. The city’s legend is anchored by the famed Fairmont Empress Hotel, opened in 1908 to adorn its Inner Harbor.
So great was the Empress’ fame, that its house tea - an exotic proprietary blend - quickly became a symbol of the heritage and tradition of Victoria.
In an era attuned to subtle symbols of passion and indulgence, the Fairmont Empress tea blend was as captivating as an aphrodisiac; an extraordinary infusion of imported tea leaves fueling dreams, inspiring schemes, and igniting passions of every type. Travelers from all corners of the globe came to sip the extraordinary elixir gracing the exquisite china teacups at The Empress.
Handcrafted by Victoria Distillers, Empress 1908 Indigo Gin marries crystalline Canadian waters with eight organic botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark and the Fairmont Empress tea blend. Its trademark hue imbued by the infusion of butterfly pea blossoms. ‘True to its origin’ botanical sourcing and Fair Trade grains enhance Empress 1908 with a sustaining purity.
|Established in British Columbia, Canada in 2008, Victoria Distillers works with iconic local destinations to create authentic, premium cocktail spirits that reflect a sense of place and set a high standard for quality and taste.
Well known in British Columbia, Victoria is the second most premium gin sold only behind Hendricks. Victoria Distillers’ creative efforts are rooted in Canada’s West Coast culture. As one of Canada’s oldest, small-batch spirits companies, Victoria Distillers is known for its drive for innovation and distinctive products.
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - TOP 100 SPIRITS 2020 - This gin is vivid indigo-blue, thanks to an infusion of butterfly pea blossoms, and transforms to an attractive pink hue as tonic or citrus are added. The aroma is relatively neutral and the palate is mild and malty, with hints of coriander, orris root and white pepper. But it’s really all about the eye-popping blue color and all the party tricks that can be performed with this gin. (Aug 2020)