This 200-Year-Old Bottle of Gin from a Shipwreck off Poland Is ‘Drinkable,’ Archaeologists Say

by Owen James Burke


“It would not cause poisoning,” though “it doesn’t smell particularly good,” said Tomasz Bednarz, research leader at the National Maritime Museum of Poland.


Stamped “Selters,” the bottle dates back to between 1806 and 1830 and was produced a popular supplier of one of Europe’s oldest sources for mineral water – more than 1,000 years old from an area in the Taunus Mountains of Germany.

Recent examination has shown that the bottle contains a roughly 14% solution of alcohol, and could be some sort of gin called jenever, or vodka.


The bottle was found in a scattering of dinnerware, ceramic fragments, rocks and stones, on the site of what’s referred to as the F-53-31 Shipwreck, or Glazik (meaning “small rock” in Polish).

No word as to whether or not it’s going up for auction, but if you’re lucky enough to wrap your lips around the bottle (which is the only way to drink something that old), please tell me how it tastes.

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