Working to support recovery of the Chernobyl landscape
UPDATE: Our first production of ATOMIK Apple Spirit has now been released by Ukrainian security services. We are now preparing for online sales, though we will initially only be able to sell in the UK, unfortunately. We'll keep this website updated - we expect to start selling the first batch late August/early September. Please keep on reading for more information about our project.
Who we are...
The Chernobyl Spirit Company is a Social Enterprise aiming to produce high quality artisan spirits ("moonshine") from land in the areas of Ukraine abandoned after the Chernobyl accident. More than thirty years after the accident, we believe that what these areas need most is economic development and management of the unique wildlife resource the abandoned areas represent. At least 75% of profits from sales of ATOMIK will go to supporting communities in the affected areas and wildlife conservation.
Photo: Tatiana Deryabina
Our group of Ukrainian and UK scientists has been studying the transfer of radioactivity to crops both in the main Exclusion Zone (CEZ) and in the Narodychi District within the Zone of Obligatory Resettlement, where land can't officially be used for agriculture, but people still live.
The research shows that in many areas land could now be used to produce crops which are safe to eat. As every chemist knows, distillation of fermented crops leaves many heavier elements in the waste product so the distillate alcohol is much more radioactively "pure" than the original grain. We have used distillation to reduce radioactivity in the crop even further to make a product from Chernobyl which we hope people will want to consume.