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New British tipple invented - just in time for summer.<br />
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Intrepid British farmer David Smale is expanding his unusual empire in exotic saffron - by launching a luxury gin infused with the precious spice.<br />
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David was among the first to reintroduce saffron to England's fields for the first time in 200 years when he started farming it a stone's throw of Saffron Walden in what was the heartland of British  production in Tudor times.<br />
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Over the years local growers died out completely as the painstaking harvesting methods became too expensive to compete with cheap saffron imported from remote Iran and Kashmir.<br />
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But plucky David has bucked the trend to revive the centuries-old tradition - and his burgeoning business is taking off so quickly that he is branching out into the drinks market.