Citadel Distilled Experiences

Visitors to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site will now be able to experience the past and taste the present. The Halifax Citadel Society in partnership with Compass Distillers, are proud to offer The Citadel Distilled Experiences. These informative and interactive experiences will allow guests to see what life was like for British soldiers in the 19th century and explore fine, locally-made spirits.


Pricing: $15.00 per guest plus HST

Availability: on hold for the 2022 season

Visit the café bar to sample all three of our exclusive Citadel-aged spirits – Noon Gun Gin, Fort George Genever, and Daily Ration Rum. Guests will receive a perfectly paired light snack and a souvenir placemat which includes an explanation of each spirit and tasting notes.



Pricing: $60 per guest plus HST

Learn about alcohol use in the British army and taste three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by award-winning Compass Distillers. With a kilted 78th Highlander as your guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site to discover the history of alcohol use in the British military. Savour three Halifax Citadel-aged spirits crafted by award-winning Compass Distillers and paired with delicious artisanal cheeses.


Pricing: $350.00 per guest plus HST

Availability: Booking required 48 hours in advance

A truly Nova Scotian experience! Guests will start with a tour of the Halifax Citadel accompanied by one of our Highlander guides; where they will learn about the history of alcohol in the British military and how it was used to rally the troops. Next, they will take part in firearms training and have the opportunity to fire an authentic Snider-Enfield rifle. Exploration of our barrel room will follow, where a professional distiller from Compass Distillers will explain the ins-and-outs of each Citadel-aged spirit.


Continuing the hands-on experience, guests will pull samples from the barrels and help our distiller proof them down. Afterwards, they’ll travel across the Citadel grounds to the Casemates for a delicious culinary experience featuring local charcuterie, all chosen with care to pair perfectly with each spirit. A professional tasting tutorial will teach you how to properly taste each spirit, followed by the opportunity to ask questions of the distiller. Guests will wrap up their experience with a gift box set of Glencairn glasses and two bottles of Citadel-aged spirits of their choice.


To book: contact the Halifax Citadel Society at or call

(902) 426-1990.


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