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‘Drinkable’ 200-year-old Bottle Of Booze Discovered From Shipwreck

Researchers love to explore new things from different places. Two month ago, a group of researchers discovered a bottle of alcohol from a ship wreckage at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. After analyzing the bottle, they found that the was actually 200-year-old and it was filled with Booze (one kind of alcohol) which was still ‘drinkable.’


Drinlable Booze In 200-year-old Bottle

While exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdańsk Bay, close to the Polish coast, in June, researchers discovered this 200-year-old bottle of Booze. To be more specific, the bottle “dates back to the period of 1806-1830.” It was completely well-preserved and sealed.

According to the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, Poland, the chemical composition of the alcohol is stamped with its original ‘Selters‘ brand – a name referring to the ancient spa town of Selters in the Taunus mountains of Germany which has been famous for its naturally carbonated soda water for nearly 1,000 years.

200-year-old Bottle Of Booze

The bottle has a capacity of about 1 liter (34 ounces). It was manufactured in Ranschbach, Germany, a town located about 25 miles away from the springs of Selters water. At the beginning of July, researchers submitted the bottle and its contents for testing to the J.S. Hamilton chemical laboratory in Gdynia, Poland, to see if the vessel contained original “Selters” water, or whether it had been refilled with a different liquid.

Tomasz Bednarz With 200-year-old Booze Bottle

After having a taste of this alcohol researchers said that although “it does not smell particularly good,” the alcohol is still “drinkable.” That means, it would not “cause poisoning.” On the other hand, besides discovering this bottle of alcohol, researchers also recovered fragments of ceramics, a small bowl, a few pieces of dinnerware, stones and rocks from that shipwreck.

Preliminary laboratory tests show that the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which could be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water. In other word, the bottle might have been refilled with some kind of alcohol. But the final results of the laboratory analysis are expected to be completed at the beginning of September.

Source: LiveScience
Thanks To: Mashable

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