Top 10 historical spirits discoveries

16th September, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Whether salvaged from the depths of the ocean or stumbled upon in the cobwebbed cellars of a stately home, bounties of ancient spirits bottles have been unearthed in the most unlikely places.


Some of these historical spirits have lay hidden for centuries in shipwrecks, time capsules and forgotten cellars.

Since the sea was historically the main export route for most consumer goods, a plethora of spirits bottles have been discovered in shipwrecks – the most famous of which inspired the famous film and book Whisky Galore.

Other bottles have been found in forgotten cellars, including the Harewood Rum collection, which dates back almost 250 years to the 1780s.

Earlier this year, a hoard of Cognac and Champagne was traced back to Adolph Hitler, who is thought to have hidden the bottles in a bid to protect them from air raids in Berlin.

Sparking worldwide interest, most of these bottles head to auction, where they have been known to fetch exorbitant prices.

Click through the following pages to discover our pick of the top 10 historical spirits discoveries. If you think any have been missed off this list, let us know by leaving a comment below.

One Response to “Top 10 historical spirits discoveries”

  1. Dave Gunns says:

    Shackleton’s whisky????

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