A 200-year-old bottle carrying either vodka or gin has been recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, media reports said.
“The alcohol is drinkable. This means it would not cause poisoning. Apparently, however, it does not smell particularly good, The bottle dates back to the period of 1806-1830 and has been recovered during the works on the F-53-31 shipwreck, or the so-called Glazik” Tomasz Bednarz, an underwater archaeologist at the National Maritime Museum in Poland, was quoted as saying.
The bottle is embossed with the word “Selters,” the name of a supplier of high-quality carbonated water from the Taunus Mountains area in Germany. Water from Selters was discovered about 1,000 years ago, which makes it one of the oldest types of mineral water in Europe, and one whose alleged health benefits are legendary.
The chemical composition of the alcohol corresponds to that of the original brand of “Selters” water that is engraved on the bottle.