10 of the Oldest Alcoholic Drinks on Earth
For most of us, the joyous discovery of old alcohol would mean finding a forgotten Bud in the back of the fridge. However a lucky few get to taste truly ancient elixirs, like a sailing team who discovered 30 bottles of almost 200 year-old champagne from a shipwreck off the Aland islands between Sweden and Finland (pic 3). They brought one bottle back to verify the shipwreck’s age, then verified the champagne. With each bottle expected to fetch $68,000 at auction, the happy crew most likely celebrated with a bottle of beer. Enjoy…well read about 10 of the oldest surviving alcohols in existence:
- Army and Navy Stores Whiskey with cellar tags: “Mid 19th century Army and Navy old Liqueur Wisky”.
- Absinthe Edouard Pernod from Lunel. The earliest intact sealed absinthe bottle yet unearthed from the 1870s.
- The world’s oldest drinkable champagne, from the early 19th century, salvaged from a shipwreck off the Aland islands. At least three of the recovered bottles were Veuve Cliquot.
- A large format bottle of Armagnac from 1865.
- The Hannisville Cache with two carboys of rye, two carboys of whiskey and one carboy of gin. The whiskey was distilled in 1863, held in oak barrels for 50 years and put into the carboys. Purchased by John Welsh, US ambassador of Great Britain in the late 1870s.
- A Hungarian Tokaji wine from the Royal Saxon cellars, bottled in the 1680s.
- The oldest dated rum bottle, a Vieux Rhum Anglais from 1830.
- 1775 Massandra Sherry de la Frontera, sold for $43,500 in 2001.
- Rüdesheimer Apostelwein from 1652 (non-drinkable) and 1727 (drinkable) from Bremen, Germany. The bottle and the label are from the 1950s.
- A bottle of wine from a mid 4th century Roman stone sarcophagus, unearthed from a vineyard near Speyer in Germany in 1867.