J Gow Rum IWSC Silver outstanding medalJ Gow Rum Gold Outstanding IWSC medalJ Gow Rum Rum and Ginger beer trophy IWSC

Award Winning. Scottish island rum.
Inspired by pirates, distilled beside the sea.

Spiced Rum

Spiced Rum

Made 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 notes with warm undertones of stem ginger. Flavours of soft moist ginger cake with oatmeal and cinnamon cookies, and a long warming spice finish. Fermented, distilled, matured and bottled in Orkney.

Perfect Serve

It’s a spiced rum that can be sipped. Enjoy it straight or on the rocks. It works wonderfully well in cocktails, and the underplayed sweetness gives it great potential for mixed drinks.

We’d recommend a glass of ice, a splash of rum and a twist of orange peel.
It also mixes incredibly well with ginger beer or cloudy apple juice.


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Fading Light

Fading Light

Chestnut cask aged pure single rum. Pot still rum bottled at 43% Alc. Vol.
Zero added sugar or colouring.

Chestnut is more porous than oak, meaning the rum matures quicker. This in turn balances out the slow maturation associated with our cold climate. The unique flavour profile of chestnut, coupled with a long fermentation, creates an ultra-smooth rum. The pale golden colour lends itself perfectly to the name.

Fading light – the glow of the sun that never truly sets in the summer, or the dying light of short winter days. Known locally as the grimleens, the eerie dusk in Orkney has inspired many tales of ghosts and spirits.

Taste notes
Clean, bright, pale golden yellow colour. The nose is complex with estery notes of dried fruits, vanilla, cream and spice. The palate is smooth and long with hints of nuts and spice on the finish.




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J. Gow

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 Distillery

The rum is produced in Scotland, on Lamb Holm a tiny island (0.15 square miles). Home to the Italian Chapel and connected to mainland Orkney by the Churchill barriers. The distillery sits metres away from the sea. It may well be one of the smallest rum producing islands in the world.


Barrel Aged Rum

Casks were laid down in 2017 & early 2018. With an aim to age the spirit for a few years and only releasing it when we feel it’s ready, and tastes just right.

Future releases

We plan to release an entire range of products in the near future. Keep an eye on our website or stay up to date via our social media pages below.



Cocktails, long serves and recipes ideas using our J. Gow rum. Whether it’s a twist on a classic or something totally different, why not try them for yourself.

Apple Gow

50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
100ml Cloudy apple juice
Mint Leaves
2-3 lime wedges

Add the rum and apple juice, mint and lime to a glass full of ice, stir and serve.

j gow apple gow

Pirates Blood

50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
100ml Cranberry juice
Orange peel
2 dashes bitters

Add the rum and cranberry juice to a glass full of ice. Add 2 dashes of bitters, stir and serve with a twist of orange peel.

J Gow Pirates Blood cocktail

Old Gow

1 teaspoon demerara sugar (you can use sugar syrup instead)
A splash of water or soda
2-3 Dashes of bitters
50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
A twist of orange peel
Ice to serve

Muddle the sugar with the bitters until dissolved, add a splash of water or soda to make it easier. Add the rum, orange peel and ice. Stir and serve.

old gow old fashioned cocktail made with J Gow Spiced Rum

J. Gow New Amsterdam

50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
25ml Sweet red Vermouth
2 Dashes of bitters
A twist of orange peel

Add the Ice, Rum, Vermouth and bitters to a cocktail shaker, stir thoroughly, strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a twist of orange peel.

New Amsterdam J. Gow Manhattan cocktail

Sunset Manhattan

50ml J. Gow Fading Light
25ml Dry Vermouth
2 Dashes bitters
Twist of Lemon & Cherry to garnish

Add the Ice, Rum, Vermouth and bitters to a cocktail shaker, stir thoroughly, strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a twist of lemon and a maraschino cherry.

j gow chestnut cask aged rum manhattan cocktail

J. Gow Jungle Thyme

50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
20ml Campari
20ml Lime Juice
20ml Thyme Syrup* (Sugar Syrup works too)
50ml Pineapple Juice
Pineapple chunk and fronds for garnish.

Add all the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well, pour into a tumbler with one large ice cube. Serve with a pineapple chunk and fronds for garnish.

J Gow Spiced Rum Jungle Thyme Pineapple Campari Cocktail

*Thyme Syrup
Make a 2:1 simple syrup (dissolve 2 parts sugar into one part water in a pan). Once the sugar has dissolved take it off the heat and add a few sprigs of thyme. Allow to cool and transfer the syrup and thyme sprigs into an empty bottle. Use it straight away, or leave it longer to infuse in the bottle. Keeps for several weeks.

J. Gow Orange Daiquiri

1 tsp granulated sugar
15ml Lime juice
50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
1 tsp Curacao/Triple Sec
10ml Orange Juice

Dissolve the sugar with the lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange and lime peel.

J Gow Spiced Rum Orange Daiquiri

J. Gow Rum and Maple Flip

50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
15ml Oloroso Sherry
15ml Maple Syrup
3 Dashes Bitters
1 Whole Egg
Allspice (ground)
Cocoa Powder
Dark Chocolate

Add the rum, sherry, maple syrup, bitters and egg to a cocktail shaker. Add the ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass. Dust with allspice and cocoa powder, garnish with grated or flaked dark chocolate.

J Gow Rum & Maple Flip

Hot Buttered Gow

2 tsp Demerara sugar
2 tsp Unsalted butter
2 Dashes of bitters
A pinch of ground cinnamon
A pinch of Allspice
50ml J. Gow Spiced Rum
Cocoa powder to garnish

Add all ingredients except the rum, to a pan. On a low heat, melt the sugar and butter into a syrup.  Remove from the heat, add the rum, stir and strain into a heatproof glass (or mug). Dust with cocoa powder to garnish.

Hot buttered gow



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