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Victoria Distillers

Crafted by the Sea

Empress 1908 Gin is a remarkable spirit. Created in the city of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island at the edge of Canada’s British Columbia, this is where rugged mountains meet stunning Pacific Coast, and traditions are honoured, nature is revered, and innovation drives artistic expression. There is nowhere else in the world we could have distilled Empress 1908.

the distillery

Our Story

Empress 1908 is made by Victoria Distillers, one of the oldest artisan distilleries in Canada. ​Established in 2008, Victoria Distillers collaborates with talented mixologists to create both classic and innovative cocktail spirits, using the world’s best-tasting water and the finest ingredients from around the world.


Geothermal System

Empress 1908 is proud to be crafted by a distillery that reduces the environmental impact wherever possible. The distillation process does require significant amounts of energy and water, however, we use an energy-saving, closed-loop system that recaptures the heat from our water and delivers it to the neighbouring Sidney Pier Hotel. Through the use of their geothermal system, we manage to save approximately 7,000L or 1,500 gallons of water and transfer 850,000 BTU’s of energy to the hotel with every distillation. This keeps the hotel rooms warm, reduces their carbon footprint, and prevents the waste of precious water.

More information on the sustainability practices and partnerships can be found on the Victoria Distillers website.