Atomik is artisan vodka brewed from crops grown near Chernobyl

Scientists have created Atomik, a bottle of vodka made from rye grown on land in Ukraine abandoned since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to prove it’s safe to farm.

Atomik vodka has been triple distilled then diluted to 40 per cent using uncontaminated groundwater drawn from an aquifer in the town of Chernobyl, 10 kilometres south of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

After rigorous testing no radiative isotopes such as plutonium, americium, cesium or strontium show up in the finished product. Only a trace of  carbon-14 can be found in the first bottle of Atomik, a level that is found naturally in alcohol.

The Chernobyl Spirit Company was set up by a team of scientists from Ukraine and the UK who worked with people living in the zone to monitor and test the farming process and results of the vodka-making.

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