The Empress 1908 Story

The Empress 1908 Story

Our Namesake

In 2016, we set out to create a gin unlike any other. Having always looked to our surroundings for inspiration, it was only natural that the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel and its renowned afternoon tea program called to us as the perfect place to spark our creativity. Our Master Distiller explored how each one of their teas played with our carefully selected botanicals, leading us on a multi-sensory journey. Finally, we settled on the extraordinary combination of Empress Signature Blend Tea and butterfly pea blossom, which was discovered in a blend called Blue Suede Shoes. In 2017, Empress 1908 Indigo Gin was born.

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Traditional Elegance

Our 1908 Inspiration

 Since 1908, travellers from around the world have fallen in love with the Fairmont Empress Hotel for its majestic grandeur, picturesque vistas, and incomparable afternoon tea service. Overlooking the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, this iconic destination has hosted royalty, dignitaries, and discerning explorers for over a century. Today, as the Empress moves into a new era, it exemplifies a perfect blend of traditional elegance and modern sophistication. Experience our inspiration at home and find a bottle near you.


Our Toast to you

Our story leads us here, to you. Empress 1908 Gin was designed for the cocktail makers and enthusiasts. Creators who live for the moment. The moment when time stands still. When the bar is raised. Boundaries are pushed. Anticipations peak. We live for the moment when all our senses are ignited. When fresh herbs are muddled, shakers get loud, and drinks are poured. Glasses are passed, and eyes light up. Cheers to brilliant cocktail creations.

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