Empress 1908 Gin – 750ML

Tasting Notes

Empress 1908 Gin is more classic in character than the color suggests. Big bold juniper and heady citrus make up the majority of its aroma.

Winemaking Information

Butterfly pea blossom gives Empress 1908 its distinct indigo hue. Discovered in another bespoke Empress tea blend, the pea blossom imbues the gin with a distinctive earthy note that balances traditional citrus notes and yields a rich pigmentation. This deep indigo hue changes to bright lavender, soft pink, or fuchsia depending on the mixer, adding to the rich sensory experience of enjoying an Empress 1908 cocktail. No artificial colors or stabilizers are used, so while the flavor will last forever, the unique indigo color will fade over time. Fading is accelerated by exposure to sunlight, so we recommend that you experience each bottle within a year of purchase and store it in a cool, dark place. After all, a gin this beautiful is meant to be enjoyed at its best.

Serving Suggestion

Cocktails and mixed-drinks for me are the best way to appreciate Empress 1908 Gin, as other ingredients smooth out some of its rough edges. As a Gin and Tonic, it’s a bonafide color-changing show. I prefer it paired with a light floral tonic or light citrus tonic to add some brightness. There’s a lot of earthiness here that can really pull a drink down.

Vineyard & Varietal Information

Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Gin is made by Victoria Distillers and inspired by the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. On top of traditional botanicals, we add a signature blend of black tea served at the Empress Hotel and butterfly pea blossom, an exotic herb that balances the traditional citrus notes of gin with a warm herbal earthiness, and gives the gin its natural indigo color. Empress 1908’s combination of exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation provide the perfect base for a new aesthetic of cocktail creation and enjoyment.

Please note:
  • Liquor is available for in-store pickup or local delivery only.
  • If your order is placed before 12pm for local delivery you will receive your delivery between 2pm and 5pm the same day. We do not deliver on Sunday, any order placed after 12pm on Saturday will be delivered on Monday.
Varietal Gin
Country Canada
Region British Columbia
Brand Empress 1908


in a mixed case:
SKU 30015

17 in stock

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