||Oak barrels (type varies from batch to batch)|
||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.
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.