Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Indigo Gin is made by Victoria Distillers and inspired by the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1908, travelers from around the world have fallen in love with the hotel for its majestic grandeur, picturesque vistas, and incomparable afternoon tea service. This tradition in particular, inspired the creation of Empress Indigo Gin. By taking a classic Empress tea and coupling it with carefully sourced botanicals, we created a unique gin that pairs traditional juniper notes of a London Dry with a modern flavor profile. The result is a gin that is at once delicate and opulent.
Empress 1908 Indigo Gin is handcrafted using eight signature botanicals, including a subtle juniper varietal, a bespoke blend of black tea served at the Empress Hotel, grapefruit peel, rose petal for floral notes, Indian coriander seed, aromatic ginger root, and spicy cinnamon bark. The eighth botanical, exotic butterfly pea blossom, was discovered in another tea blend served at the Empress Hotel.
These blossoms balance the traditional citrus notes of gin with a warm herbal earthiness and imbue the gin with a deep indigo color that changes to bright lavender, soft pink, or fuchsia, depending on the mixer. The exquisite taste, delicate aroma, smooth texture, and remarkable presentation provide the perfect base for new cocktail creation and enjoyment. Let your inner brilliance flow.