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Vodka produced in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Posted on Thursday, 8 August, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

Would you drink vodka made around Chernobyl ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Ben Fairless
A special type of 'artisan vodka' has been made from rye grown in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Named 'Atomik', the peculiar beverage was developed by an international team of scientists and contains both water and rye sourced from the irradiated area around the nuclear power plant.

Although the rye is "slightly contaminated", the end product is supposedly safe to drink.

"This is no more radioactive than any other vodka," said Prof Jim Smith from the University of Portsmouth.

"Any chemist will tell you, when you distil something, impurities stay in the waste product. So we took rye that was slightly contaminated and water from the Chernobyl aquifer and we distilled it."

"We asked our friends at Southampton University, who have an amazing radio-analytical laboratory, to see if they could find any radioactivity."

"They couldn't find anything - everything was below their limit of detection."

Even so, convincing consumers to purchase the vodka is likely going to be an uphill struggle.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)

Tags: Chernobyl, Vodka

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Chaldon on 8 August, 2019, 21:03
That's funny. It's written "???????" on the bottle, which means "moonshine". Anyways it's a hard drug for addicts.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pixiii on 9 August, 2019, 3:24
I cannot believe they're going to try to sell it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 9 August, 2019, 4:51
Itís probably perfectly safe to drink, but there is no way Iím gonna try it†
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 9 August, 2019, 9:03
I'd try it.† One shot and you'll be glowing.† What's not to like about looking radiant!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy on 9 August, 2019, 12:00
Itís Ukraine. The claw is what you donít want to go close to... Have you seen it? What they used to disassemble the reactors and housing?† A lovely massive solid mechanical metal claw!† Itís sat in the forest, and still apparently the most radioactive thing you can get to. Just sat in a non-de location in the forest. I donít think the location of the claw is easy to find, or publicly available (pls let me know if is, I havenít pushed for it). But I would love to tour the buildings and the exclusion zone. Such an amazing and surreal place.† The wildlife has bounced back and now itís basically l... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Impedancer on 9 August, 2019, 12:03
And you probably grow an extra arm or two could be handy
Comment icon #7 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 9 August, 2019, 18:07
Comment icon #8 Posted by DanL on 9 August, 2019, 22:26
The only problem that I would have with drinking it is that it is VODKA. YUUUK! I wonder if they could make some atomic Tequila?
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 on 10 August, 2019, 13:21
There were thousands of people who wanted to drink the putrid water of an Egyptian sarcophagus. We have the Darwin awards. A Guinness record looms. Just think of this as chlorinating the gene pool.

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