Empress 1908 Indigo Gin

Empress 1908 Indigo Gin

(0.75l, 42.5%)


8.6/10
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$38.99
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Get past the stunning blue and find a flavor memory of London Dry Gin.

Victoria Spirits was founded in 2008 as a boutique distiller of quality-crafted Spirits in Victoria, Canada. The business blossomed on Canada’s West Coast and caught the attention of The Marker Group who have a passion for investing in local businesses. So, they acquired Victoria Spirits in 2015 — renaming it Victoria Distillers, opening a visitor center, and expanding on the line-up of delicious adult beverages including Gins, Whiskies, Vodkas, and liqueurs.

Empress 1908 Indigo Gin is a bright, almost electric shade of blue. It doesn’t look like a Gin. Let’s be honest here… it looks like something the Romulans might drink in an episode of Star Trek — yes, it’s THAT blue. But this exotic Gin comes by its unique color naturally through a combination of special botanical infusions inspired by the tea service at the Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Tea Room. In addition to the requisite juniper you’ll fine coriander seed, cinnamon, ginger, and grapefruit zest. But you’ll also find rose petals, the signature Fairmont Empress Blend Tea, and butterfly pea blossoms that deliver the amazing color. And it brings some interesting color-changing effects to all of your favorite Gin cocktails.

Smartass corner:
The Empress Hotel opened up directly on Victoria’s inner harbor in 1908. It is the most prominent and famous building on the island.
  • Category
    Gin
  • Style
    Gin
  • Region
    Sidney
  • Country
    Canada
  • Alcohol
    42.5%
  • Distillery
    Victoria Distillers

Flavor Spiral™

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citrus
lavender
rose
blossom
spicy
juniper
ginger
floral
botanicals
What does Empress 1908 Indigo Gin taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Empress 1908 Indigo Gin and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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London Dry Gin is not always from London. Gin does not have the same geographical restrictions as Spirits such as Cognac, Scotch, or Tequila. Only a tiny handful of London Dry Gins are actually made in the city.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Brilliant Blue

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you will detect the juniper plus spicy and floral notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is reminiscent of a classic London Dry with the addition of more floral notes and a hit of citrus pith.

Finish
The finish is clean and lightly dry with a lavender blush.
Ratings & Reviews
Michael
Michael,
Smooth
 
Alison
Alison,
cool color. otherwise not noteworthy
 
Alexandra
Alexandra,
Love this neat or as a mixer with seltzer or tonic. Super gin in both taste and also as a cocktail gimmick w/ it's color changing properties. A real Summer go-to.
 
Myka
Myka,
Love this gin, the flavor is delightful and it changes color when it comes into contact with citrus!
 
Calla
Calla,
Loved the color and sophistication of the recommended cocktails, however in flavor alone this was a little bit harsher of a flavor than I prefer in Gin.
 
Michael
Michael,
Very cool presentation, fat round bottle, cork topper, wrap around label (all natural / hand made / small batch) and of course that bright purple color. It looks like grape Cool-Aid. Translucent and it kind of glows in the right light. Anyway, very cool. Once you smell it, you know it's gin. It has a strong juniper aroma. On the palate, I again get juniper, but I also get black licorice, a piney mouthfeel and long finish. Overall, it's pretty good gin. I'm not into drinking gin neat, but this one needs to get several more tastes to really figure it out. And it's going to add a ton of style points and fun to your cocktails. Worth a purchase for sure.
 
Scott
Scott,
Love the colorful display. The flavor is different which I attribute to the lavender floral. Very unique but the martini was average at best. As one reviewer said, I will try with some tonic water to open up the flavors.
 
guest
guest,
Wonderful Lavender and Citrus notes! Easy drinking!
 
Ken
Ken,
If y0u are a gin fan this one is a must. by itself it is strong and not pleasing to the pallet, but add a bit of tonic water or tonic syrup and it turns into a masterpiece of flavor.
 
Sean
Sean,
Solid, especially for the price. Definitely not a London Dry, so won't make a great martini, but is perfect in the cocktail recipes on Empress' site. My favorite is Empress, elderflower tonic, and a slice of grapefruit.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
One of the better gins....doesn’t have a juniper (Christmas tree) finish like normal gins
 
Alex
Alex,
More show than substance. Fun show, though.
 
Michael
Michael,
By far my favorite gin ever. Not only is is aesthetically pleasing but it also offers a unique floral flavor that no other gin can compare. I have had it in a G&T and an earl grey cocktail. Would highly recommend for your home bar!
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Very good gin. Great floral notes and can really taste the juniper within the gin. Mixing it is a lot of fun as well and can be a party pleaser with the changing colors of the gin.
 
Jon
Jon,
Great gin and tonic
 
Michael
Michael,
Not a gin fan normally. Liked this though. Cool color too!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
A decent sipper. Has some of that herbal bite one expects of a decent gin, but with an almost silky mouthfeel. A pleasant alcohol burn. And of course, that color! Amazing. Adding tonic changes the color and flavor pleasantly. Just plain nice.
 
David
David,
Nice Gin, fun to make cocktails with due to the color.
 
Michael
Michael,
My favorite gin. BEAUTIFUL color
 
Tze
Tze,
love the color
 
Brian
Brian,
Ok, honestly I've only made one cocktail with this gin - the Q1908 which you can find on the Empress 1908 website. But wow, that is one great cocktail! I had to order another bottle immediately.
 
Jackson
Jackson,
Goes down like water and the color change trick is fun too. Don’t think it’s interesting enough to drink straight, but makes a nice g&t. Most impressive part is how drinkable it is. Not special, but probably a crowd pleaser
 
Sir
Sir,
Huge G&T fan in the summer. Usually drink BeefEater. This stuff is not only festive summer color but makes a very good Gin & Tonic. Staple in my bar now.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Delicious, beautiful combination of flavors. Mixes well.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Great color, not too over powering. Mixes well with several mixers, great gin.
 
Ross
Ross,
A fun bottle of Gin for some Instagramable moments. Love making a Gin Fizz in a coupe glass.
 
Justin
Justin,
Smooth, not overly botanical, balanced
 
Allen
Allen,
Very pretty in the right drinks. It is maybe a little too floral for everything but works nicely with tonic, citrus or vermouth etc. Totally drinkable on its own but I prefer to mix with gins generally.
 
Jon
Jon,
Nope. Just nope. Had high hopes for this one based on reviews but on both first and second tries it was clear this was strictly a mixer. Hard sell at the price point as I look for things that are dinkable on their own without the need to mixed. Hit me in the face right off the bat with booze and some weird bitterness and I never really got any actual flavor from it. Glad others like it but just not my jam at all.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very tasty. Beautiful color
 
Scott
Scott,
Very unique taste for a gin! Zigging where most gins zag.
 
Holly
Holly,
Incredibly smooth and delicious.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Super smooth. Great in a French 75.
 
Kelly
Kelly,
One of my favorite guns. I love the bouquet.
 
Rex
Rex,
Unbelievable flavor mixes well with citrus tonics or other mixers. Not to mention the unbelievable color. Great for celebrating. Everyone always wants to know what I am drinking. The only trouble is after all the tastes my drinks go 3x as fast.
 
Anne
Anne,
I love this gin. Yes the color is a bit of a novelty, but it's true you eat with your eyes! This is my go to gin and tonic gin for now, makes a good negroni as well.
 
Dipal
Dipal,
Great tasting gin with a really fun color. Mixes well and can make some amazing drinks with it.
 
Brian
Brian,
Pleasant but strongly piney. Good to sip, and the color changing trick makes it fun to keep around.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
It’s cool to pour and with a grapefruit wedge, has about the best citrus burst I’ve ever had. A unique experience - love it!
 
guest
guest,
Has a piny taste that’s not overbearing with floral overtones sitting on top that compliment it nicely. Great in cocktails. The color changing with different liquors is also fun to watch. My new favorite gin!
 
Elisha
Elisha,
Perfect gin for a fizzy fit for Aerosmith
 
Jerry
Jerry,
I’m in love with this gin!
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
By itself it’s not the best sipping gin, but as a base of cocktails it’s delicious and the color is extremely entertaining. Definitely recommend
 
Paul
Paul,
A tale of two gins. As a sipper, it isn’t spectacular, but it isn’t offensive. You enter a sort of flavor vacuum until the floral juniper finish. Not very exciting but also very smooth. As a mixer, this can’t be beat for any citrusy cocktail. It supports and softens the citrus so well for some of the smoothest cocktails I’ve ever made.
 
Brett
Brett,
This is easily one of the most vile gins I've had. It comes out flat with some new flavors that don't stand up. The color change is way too gimmicky, but sexiness sells.
 
guest
guest,
This may be my all-time favorite gin and I have sampled over 125. What a pleasant surprise.
 
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