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Bulgarian archaeologists trace local brandy back to eleventh century

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have recently discovered a fragment of distillation vessel used for the production of rakia (local fruit brandy traditionally made across the Balkans).

A glass of rakia.
A glass of rakia. Image by Srdjan Stojiljkovic / CC BY-SA 2.0

The vessel dates from the eleventh century and was unearthed during excavation works at the medieval Lyutitsa fortress. Two more such vessels, both also dated back to the eleventh century, had previously been found in Bulgaria. This is an important discovery because until recently historians believed that the production of rakia in Bulgaria started only in the 16th century. Read more: m.novinite.com