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

Spiced Rum

Spiced Rum

Pot Still style dry Spiced Rum (less than 5g of sugar per litre) with caramel and natural spices from around the world including two secret ingredients grown in Orkney.

Taste Notes

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. A prominent rum flavour complimented with spices, rather than an overload of spices masking any hint of rum.

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 recommend serving over ice with a twist of orange peel. Or mix with ginger beer, cloudy apple or cranberry juice. It also works incredibly well in an Old Fashioned.

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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.
Produced in Orkney, Scotland.

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.

Perfect Serve

Enjoy straight, on the rocks or with lemonade. It works very well in a classic daiquiri or dry Manhattan.

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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.


Scottish Rum

All of our rum is made entirely in Orkney, from start to finish. High grade molasses is imported (unfortunately it’s hard to grow sugar cane in Orkney) and fermented for at least 7 days. In our temperature controlled 2000 litre fermenter and 2000 litre still. The ability to ferment in the still, allows us to do a stripping run as soon as fermentation is finished. This stripped molasses wash (or low wine) is then returned to the still for a final spirit run.

We produce a range of rum styles, using various fermentation techniques with different percentages of backset/dunder. Mainly focusing on heavier, more full bodied rums.

Casks were laid down in 2017 & early 2018. With an aim to age the spirit for a few years. 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

To make it strong…

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.

To make it long…

Add ingredients to a heatproof glass (or mug) add 100 to 150ml of boiling water, stir and sprinkle over the cocoa powder.

Hot buttered gow

FLBD (Fading Light Banana Daiquiri)

1 tsp Sugar
Juice of 1/2 a Lime
1/2 a Banana
50ml J. Gow Fading Light chestnut cask rum

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Mash up the banana, add ice, shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Super easy to make 2 at a time (use 1 whole lime & 1 whole banana).


fading light banana daiquiri J gow rum



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