The Spirit of Ilmington range of products are produced in the North Cotswolds village of Ilmington. Apple Brandy, much praised by Fortnum & Mason and Prue Leith, was their first product. A certain amount of the Apple Spirit is included in their Dry Gin, Spiced Rum and Vodka in order to enhance the botanicals and spices. Fruit gin liqueurs are made by steeping fruit from the Vale of Evesham in their Dry Gin. They are Damson, Raspberry, Cherry & Almond and Rhubarb & Ginger.
The story began in 2014 when it was decided that something ought to be done with the glut of apples on the trees in the houses in village that went to waste. Ilmington had an ancient tradition of cider making that had lapsed, so it was decided to revive it.
Apples were harvested and many villagers brought their apples in sacks for them to be scratted and pressed into apple juice, which was then fermented. The finished product was excellent and so it was decided to sell it. Production had taken place in Frog Lane and the parallel street was Grump Street, so the name Grumpy Frog was coined and that is the company name today.
It was decided to take matters further and a distillery licence was obtained and an excellent Apple Brandy was produced. This was much praised by Prue Leith and sold in Fortnum & Mason under the brand name of Spirit of Ilmington. It is sold in 35cl bottles and 10cl flasks.
Dry Gin, Spiced Rum and Vodka are produced by a third party to our specifications and then is blended with a proportion of apple spirit to make unique flavours. They are sold in 70cl bottles and 10cl flasks.
Fruit is bought from the Vale of Evesham and is seeped in our Dry Gin to produce Damson, Raspberry, Cherry & Almond and Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueurs. These are sold in 35cl bottles and 10cl flasks.
An attractive presentation box is available, which takes three of the 10cl flasks.