Should you drink it? Ukraine's ATOMIK goes viral

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If you are not sure whether it is safe to drink new experimental vodka made from rye grain near Ukraine’s Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, read the recent review of the potent beverage appearing in the esteemed Wine Spectator.

As the story goes, less radioactive areas became "agriculturally viable again, using a product Ukranians know and trust."

In a research paper published this month, the inventor of ATOMIK vodka and his team documented their trial and its promising conclusion:

Quote"A vodka-like "moonshine" called ATOMIK, from rye grown on a 0.6-acre field in an abandoned area, diluted to 40% ABV with water from a deep aquifer about 6 miles from the reactor site," Wine Spectator says.

The hottest trend in liquor was written up on August 9 by The New York Times, which said ATOMIK is safe to drink.

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Photo: The New York Times

Since then, ATOMIK has become the hottest story about Ukraine in calibre English-language publications, with stories about it appearing in thousands of ezines, ranging from Big Think and AskMen to Atlas Obscura and BOiNGBOiNG.

University of Portsmouth professor Jim Smith, the inventor of ATOMIK, says he hopes to produce a few hundred bottles this year. Smith plans to donate 75 percent of profits to the still-afflicted community.

"At least 75% of profits from sales of ATOMIK will go to supporting communities in the affected areas and wildlife conservation," says ATOMIK's website.  

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