200-year-old bottle of booze found on shipwreck still drinkable

A researcher with the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Poland, holds up a 200-year-old bottle...

A researcher with the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Poland, holds up a 200-year-old bottle that lab results have revealed contains a kind of liquor that is still drinkable today. But while it could be consumed, it apparently does not smell very good. (Photo: National Maritime Museum, Gdansk, Poland/Handout/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

A 200-year-old stoneware bottle found on a shipwreck off the coast of Poland contains alcohol that is still drinkable.

The bottle, which had at one time been used to store soda water from the Taunus Mountains in Germany, had been recycled and instead contained a liquid that was 14% alcohol distillate and most likely thinned with water.

The researchers told the website Science and Scholarship in Poland it is likely a kind of gin.

Archaeologist Tomasz Bednarz told the website lab workers have confirmed the alcohol could be consumed today.

"Apparently, however, it does not smell particularly good," Bednarz said.

A team of researchers from the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Poland, found the bottle in June. It bears the mark of Selters, a mineral water producer, and the bottle dates back to between 1806 and 1830.

The researchers said the results of more analysis of the liquor are expected next month.




Videos

Photos