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

Image courtesy of Compass Distillers

Image courtesy of Compass Distillers

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.

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.