Cask Offer

J. Gow 2018 Cask Offer

The cask offer is your chance to own your own cask of award winning Scottish island rum, inspired by pirates. Distilled beside the sea.

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 hanged. 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 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 sea, providing an ideal unique climate for ageing rum. It may well be one of the smallest rum producing islands in the world.

The rum is produced on a state of the art 2000 litre still from high grade cane molasses. Using a minimum seven-day fermentation time, brings out the best flavours from the molasses, whilst also creating a smooth spirit.

Other than our spiced rum, various styles have been laid down in casks for future releases. Ranging from lighter higher strength rums to full bodied, heavy rums rich in esters. Within our first year we have been featured in Ian Buxton’s 101 Rums to try before you die. Won 3 medals at the 2018 IWSC including silver outstanding for our spiced rum and taking the trophy for the rum & ginger beer category. We’ve also been shortlisted for the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards Best Distilled Drink.

We are offering 200L Ex bourbon casks filled with a choice of 3 different rum styles.

You can either choose the standard pot still rum casked at circa 58% (the same recipe as our Spiced rum without the spices).

A HD (heavy dunder) pot still rum, a heavier big flavour rum casked at circa 58%.

Or DS (double stripped) Higher strength pot still rum slightly lighter in flavour casked at circa 63.5%.

Cask owners will receive a certificate of ownership, samples of their rum each year from year 3 onwards. Invitations to any special distillery events and priority on any new or limited edition future releases.

The cost includes storage for 8 years (this can be extended for an extra fee) bottling and labelling, with your choice of label. It does not include any duty or VAT payable once the rum is bottled.

Full terms & conditions can be found here;

J. Gow Rum 2018 cask offer terms

For serious enquiries and more info please email

info@vsdistillersltd.com