• J. Gow Rum's trio of award winners

Medal success for Orkney producers

Three Taste of Orkney producers have been celebrating success at major worldwide awards events over recent weeks.

Entries from the islands have claimed medals at both the London Spirits Competition (LSC) and the International Spirits Competition (ISC), including three golds.

J. Gow Rum had wins at both events after entering them for the first time. The distillery scooped gold for its Fading Light, and silver for both its Revenge and Spiced Rum at the LSC event. The Lamb Holm-based business also won silver at the ISC for Revenge.

Fading Light is a chestnut cask aged rum, with Revenge aged for three years at the distillery.

Meanwhile, the Orkney Gin Company continued its recent spate of success with three medals at the LSC awards. Its Aatta Gin – fresh from its World’s Best Design title – took gold with a remarkable score of 93/100, the equal-top score achieved by UK-based gins.

Its Orkney Akvavit and Rhubarb Old Tom Gin came home with bronze medals.

Orkney Distilling Ltd, which produces the popular Kirkjuvagr Gin range, won gold at the LSC event too, with its Arkh Angell Storm Strength Orkney Gin impressing the judges.

Taste of Orkney project manager, Edgar Balfour, praised the producers for their medal wins. “Orkney’s distilleries have had consistent success at these awards over the years which showcases the quality of the spirits on offer, as well as their talent and ongoing commitment to their craft.”

Find out more about Orkney's food and drink producers. You can also visit a number of them on the official Taste of Orkney Trail.

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