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The Proof is in the Barrel

The Citadel Distilled: The Proof is in the Barrel

Explore Halifax Citadel National Historic Site like never before with a red-coated Highlander as your guide on this 3 hour experience. Indulge your senses with exclusive access to Compass Distillers’ onsite barreling room and open a barrel to proof it down with the distiller. Savour three Citadel-aged spirits thoughtfully paired with charcuterie and take home two bottles of your favourite.

Experience Highlights:

  • Exclusive access to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site: Explore the 19th-century British fortification with your 78th Highlander guide.
  • Learn of the historical connection between gunpowder and spirits,(program may require a blanket covid disclaimer).
  • Access Compass Distillers’ onsite barrelling room: With one of Compass’ distillers, open a barrel to pull and “proof down” samples.
  • Learn award-winning Compass Distillers’ “grain to glass” methods and hear insights on how these spirits were created.
  • Sample three Citadel-aged spirits with charcuterie: Enjoy a private tasting of Noon Gun Gin, Fort George Genever, and Daily Ration Rum paired with delicious charcuterie.
  • Take home a gift box set of two Glencairn glasses and two bottles of your favourite Compass Distillers Halifax Citadel-aged spirits.


  • Please reach out to us with questions about Citadel Distilled: the Proof is in the Barrel.

Price: $450 + HST per participant 

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations are accepted up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of the tour.
  • Participants will be notified 72-hours in advance if tour is cancelled due to inclement weather forecast or unforeseen circumstances.

Good to Know:

  • Space is limited to a maximum of 12 people.
  • Participants must be 19 years of age or older.



All donations received are used to bring history to life at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, by hiring young men and women to portray the British Garrison in Halifax at the time of our nation's birth.