One very chill 19th-century Scotsman knew what was up when he buried a time capsule containing a bottle of whiskey 121 years ago.
Construction workers uncovered the metal box in the structure of Ruthven Road bridge in the eastern Highlands this week. Also in the box, but of much less interest, were a folded newspaper from September 1894 and a paper scroll. “It is fascinating to think these items have been sitting in the bridge’s structure for 121 years,” Robert Ogg, of the construction company Morgan Sindall, told the BBC. “If you think [about how] the bridge was being used by horses back then, it gives you a sense of the time which has passed.”
Of course, whiskey doesn’t improve with age once it’s been bottled, like some wines. The aging process of the distilled beverage refers to the number of years it has spent in the barrel—before it was bottled. Alas, we might never know what this particular whiskey it tastes like: Apparently the UK’s Highland Folk Museum has taken in the artifacts for their historical value.
Kind of seems like a waste to just look at a bottle of whiskey, though.