Empress 1908 Gin delights the senses with its balanced citrus-and-spice palette, brilliant colour, light floral fragrance and soft texture. Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 uses eight signature botanicals, including juniper, grapefruit peel, rose petal, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, and a bespoke blend of tea. The eighth botanical is the exotic butterfly pea blossom, which balances the traditional citrus notes of gin with a warm herbal earthiness, and creates a deep, natural indigo that changes colour depending on the mixer. The combination of exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation provide the perfect base for a new aesthetic of cocktail creation and enjoyment.
Empress 1908 Gin is a remarkable spirit that could have only been created in the city of Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island, in Canada’s British Columbia, where rugged mountains meet the beautiful Pacific Coast. Handcrafted in small batch copper-pot stills, Empress 1908 Gin is the result of a collaboration between the distillery’s President and Master Distiller Peter Hunt and Victoria’s iconic Empress Hotel. We set out to create an extraordinary cocktail experience that would delight the senses, using eight carefully selected botanicals. Our inspiration and ingredients are what make Empress 1908 an exceptional gin.
Modern London Dry
In addition to the classic gin botanicals of juniper, coriander seed, and rose petal, we also added unique twists to the Empress 1908 recipe. Instead of traditional lemon, we use grapefruit peel for its aromatic and lively bright note. Ginger root imparts a unique peppery/citrus note, and cinnamon bark offers an unusually warm, spicy note. Our eighth and final botanical is perhaps the most unusual of all: exotic butterfly pea blossom. This blossom balances the traditional citrus notes of gin with a warm herbal earthiness, and imparts a deep indigo colour that changes to bright lavender, soft pink, or fuchsia depending on the mixer. Mixologists have found the extraordinary flavour, remarkable mixability, and dramatic visual properties of Empress 1908 offers bold new ways to create exquisite cocktails.
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