Explore the past, taste the present

The everyday life of a nineteenth-century soldier included alcohol, from persuading the enlistment of new recruits, to fortifying one’s bravery in the field, alcohol is a part of the Halifax Citadel’s story. In 1869, a daily alcohol ration was the high-point for many soldiers and the stories associated with this reality are abound.

The Halifax Citadel Society has partnered with Compass Distillers to create three unique spirits, all of which are aged in oak barrels and stored on-site at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Whether you're interested in the quick tasting experience or ready to embark on the grand tour with tasting tutorials from a professional distiller from Compass Distillers, there’s an experience for you!


Toast & Tasting

This experience is currently unavailable.

There are three exclusive spirits offered by Compass Distillers. Sample all three spirits, aged exclusively at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and made from scratch with Nova Scotian ingredients:

  • Noon Gun Gin
  • Fort George Genever
  • Daily Ration Rum

As part of the spirit tasting experience, you’ll receive a perfectly paired light snack and a souvenir placemat that includes an explanation of each spirit and its tasting notes.

Adults (aged 19 and more)

$15 per person plus tax

Served in the Soldier’s Library on the ground level of the Cavalier Building.

Orders placed at the Coffee Bar.


Raise Your Spirits

Join the Halifax Citadel’s 78th Highlanders on an exclusive private tour of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and learn about how alcohol played various roles in British military history.

After the private tour, gather in the Garrison Room of the site’s North Magazine to sample all three spirits, aged exclusively at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (Noon Gun Gin, Fort George Genever, and Daily Ration Rum) and paired with a delicious assortment of artisanal cheeses and crackers.

The experience concludes with a 78th Highlanders-branded Glencairn glass as a souvenir of your experience.

This exclusive tour and tasting will engage all of your senses!

Dates

Every day from May to October*
*except a few special-event days - contact us for details (see "Reserve" tab)

Duration:  1 hour 

Price

Adults (aged 19 or more)
$75 per person plus tax

Reserve

By email: bookings@halifaxcitadel.ca

By telephone: The Halifax Citadel Orderly Room at 902-426-1990 

Special Notes:

  • A minimum of 48 hours advanced notice is required for registration.
  • The Halifax Citadel Orderly Room is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Maximum of 12 participants per session.
Travel trade
  • Available in English and French
  • Suitable for small groups
  • Suitable for FIT (Fully Independent Travelers)
  • Reservation required
  • Motorcoach parking available
  • On site café/restaurant
  • Washrooms on site
  • Gift shop

The Proof is in The Barrel

A truly Nova Scotian experience in a unique historic setting!

Start your experience with an exclusive and spirited private tour of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site with a uniformed 78th Highlander guide. Learn more about the history of alcohol in the British military and watch a firing demonstration of an authentic 19th-century Snider-Enfield rifle.

From there you’ll march over to the barrel room where you'll meet a professional distiller from Compass Distillers who will explain the story of how each of the exclusive Halifax Citadel-aged spirits were created. Continuing the hands-on experience, you'll take samples from the barrels and help the distiller with a process called ‘proof them down’, which reduces the alcohol content.

Finally, gather in the North Magazine’s Garrison Room for a delicious culinary experience featuring local charcuterie, all chosen with care to pair perfectly with each spirit. In this private space, you'll learn how to properly taste each spirit and have the opportunity to ask questions of the distiller.

But the fun doesn’t stop here! All participants receive a gift box set of 78th Highlanders-branded Glencairn glasses and two bottles of Halifax Citadel-aged spirits of your choice to continue your tasting experience at home.

Dates

Every day from May to October*
*except a few special-event days - contact us for details (see "Reserve' tab)

Duration: 3 hours

Price

Adults (aged 19 or more)
$375 per person plus tax

Reserve

By email: bookings@halifaxcitadel.ca

By telephone: The Halifax Citadel Orderly Room at 902-426-1990

Special Notes:

  • A minimum of 48 hours advanced notice is required for registration.
  • The Halifax Citadel Orderly Room is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Maximum of 12 participants per session.
Details
  • Private tour of the Halifax Citadel
  • Rifle firing demonstration
  • Learn about spirit making from a professional distiller
  • Enjoy sampling straight from the barrels
  • Culinary experience with local charcuterie
  • Take home your very own Glencairn glasses and two bottles of Halifax Citadel-aged spirits of your choice
Travel trade
  • Available in English and French
  • Suitable for small groups
  • Suitable for FIT (Fully Independent Travelers)
  • Reservation required
  • Motorcoach parking available
  • On site café/restaurant
  • Washrooms on site
  • Gift shop