Fermentation & Distillation of Rum
J. Gow Rum takes its name from the infamous Orkney pirate John Gow. His short, violent career began in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and ended in Orkney. He was imprisoned, tried and hung. Not once, but twice, (after the rope snapped the first time) at London’s execution dock on the 11th of June 1725. While the name conjures up images of pirates, it also creates imagery of the brutal seas and rugged coastlines surrounding Orkney.
The rum is produced using a 2000 litre Hybrid/LM pot still on Lamb Holm, a tiny island (0.15 square miles) just south of St Mary’s village. Home to the Italian Chapel and connected to mainland Orkney by the Churchill barriers. The distillery sits metres away from the beach. It may well be one of the smallest rum producing islands in the world.
A pot still style rum. Made from molasses and infused with a blend of spices from around the world including two secret ingredients grown in Orkney. A light golden colour, with a smooth rounded sweetness. Subtle citrus and cinnamon notes with a slight hint of vanilla and a warming spice finish. Fermented, distilled, matured and bottled in Orkney.
It’s a spiced rum that can be sipped. Enjoy it straight or on the rocks. It works wonderfully well in cocktails and with your favourite mixer.
We’d recommend a glass of ice, a splash of rum and a twist of orange peel.
It also mixes incredibly well with cloudy apple juice.
We’ve laid down several different types of barrels. Bourbon, chestnut, port, red wine and virgin oak casks . We plan to release an entire range of different aged rums in the near future.