Ever wondered what you should do with your spare room? Well, setting up a gin distillery probably isn't on your list.
Luckily for us, two friends in Dorset did exactly that, with a shared passion for one of the nation's favourite spirits, they replaced the sofa bed with a copper still and set to work.
After several years of hard graft and with the green light from HMRC, two gin enthusiasts from Bournemouth have gone on to win the much coveted double gold at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards.
With a curious combination of mulberries, lavender and tilia flowers, the description of this news gin is setting our taste buds aflutter - who'd have thought a gin and tonic could get any better? Well, we're all very excited to try the next level in gin decadence
Two friends are celebrating after they scooped the global drinks industry's top gong - with a gin they made in the spare room of their two-bed semi-detached house. The pair couldn't afford to open a specialist distillery so they bought a 35-litre copper still and made space for it in the spare room of Martin's house by moving the sofa bed out. The pair did away with many common botanicals like coriander before settling on an unusual combination including lavender, mulberries and tilia flowers. Despite not having a bottle label for their creation they entered it in the San Francisco World Spirit Awards. To their surprise the gin - called Pothecary - won a double gold, the competition's highest accolade, seeing off competition from the world's top gin producers in the process.