Review: Noon Gun Gin (Compass Distillers) / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Compass Distillers

Image courtesy of Compass Distillers

ABV
45%
Aging
Oak barrels (type varies from batch to batch)
Recipe
Nova Scotia wheat with botanicals
Distiller Compass (Halifax, NS)

This gin is made in a similar fashion to Compass house recipe, however, this bottling is always a source of experimentation. Compass’ head distiller, Alex Wrathell, says that this bottling is “always a big experiment, and always a fun one”. Originally, they simply matured their base gin in new oak barrels and came out with a product that was pretty oaky. In response, they started making a gin with a bigger botanical character to compete with the oak barrels. Most of the time, the gin is aged in new oak but compass has been experimenting with other barrels including ex-genever barrels.

Most of the time, the releases of noon gun are single barrel products. It is made with 100% nova scotian wheat and 12 botanicals including juniper, cucumber, and cilantro.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose is spicy, oaky, and creamy with some rich woody and citrus notes. It is quite oak forward, but the juniper, coriander, douglas fir, clove, and a bit of spice comes through as well. The finish is pretty creamy. As you can probably infer here – the creamy, sweet oak plays centre stage and the gin notes – the juniper, the citrus, the coriander – play around the edges.

My favourite cocktail for aged gins is the bee’s knees. It works great there – the oak, and the spice, all play in quite well.

Assessment: Recommended.