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A sample of ingredients used for brewing Batch 38 of Conker Spirit gin.<br />
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A canny entrepreneur has launched Britain's smallest commercial gin distillery - after setting it up in the confines of his own kitchen.<br />
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Rupert Holloway packed in his high-flying job as a chartered surveyor to start producing the trendy spirit one bottle at a time at his home in Christchurch, Dorset.<br />
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His miniature distillery is the first ever to open in the county - and his unique recipe uses botanicals found in the hedgerows, forests and coastline of the county.<br />
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He experimented with 37 recipes before settling on one made with gorse flowers and elderberriers hand-picked from the New Forest, and samphire, a sea vegetable, from the sea shore.<br />
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The gin, called Conker Spirit, will be launched in time for Christmas and it is expected to sell for £30 a bottle.