The oldest so far inscription, related to the traditional Bulgarian brandy, rakiya, has been found during archeological excavations on the Trapezitsa Hill in the Old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo in central Bulgaria.
According to the Director of the National History Museum, NIM, and former Minister for Bulgarians Abroad, Bozhidar Dimitrov, the find is sensational and a definite proof rakiya is a Bulgarian invention.
A photograph of the inscription is being sent right away to the Ministry of Agriculture and Foods to assist its efforts to register rakiya as a Bulgarian national brand with the European Commission....
The only thing this proves is that at that time there was a drink called rakinya. It doesn't prove that it was invented there, or that it was the same drink as what we now know as rakiya. Grape pomace-based liquors exist almost everywhere where grapes grow, and the word raki and variations are used throughout the muslim world for various liquors (it is from Arabic araq, condensate) so is certainly not of Bulgarian origin.
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