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Orkney's J. Gow distillery to release first limited edition cask strength rum

Orkney's J. Gow distillery, is set to release its first cask aged rum.

Published: October 5, 2020
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Hidden Depths Volume 1 from J. Gow rum is the distillery’s first limited-edition cask rum, with only 250 bottles available for sale from 9 October.

The distillery is based on Lamb Holm, which is connected to the Orkney mainland by the Churchill Barriers. Measuring in at just 0.15 square miles, it’s possibly the smallest rum-producing island the world.

J. Gow Rum – named after Orkney’s infamous pirate, John Gow - was launched in 2017. Rums in the range include Spiced Rum and Fading Light, a chestnut cask-aged rum.

Hidden Depths Volume 1

Now Hidden Depths Volume 1 will be added to the J. Gow range, having been laid down in oak casks during the distillery’s first year of operation.

The new rum has been fermented, distilled and aged on Lamb Holm and, at a strength of 53.2%, it has rich flavours of caramel, toffee and oak, backed by subtle liquorice.

There are also chocolate orange notes on the palate and a slightly salted finish, befitting of the distillery's coastal home.

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Speaking of the new release, head distiller, Collin Van Schayk, said: “We’re delighted to have finally reached this stage. Aged rums - particularly 8 and 12-year olds - have always been our main goal.

“Knowing this is the first of its kind in the UK makes this release even more exciting and we can’t wait to hear what people think.”

Hidden Depths Volume 1 is available for pre-order now at the J. Gow rum website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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