Cider brandy matured in barrels from the shipwrecked MSC Napoli has gone on sale in Somerset.
Mr Temperley said the brandy had a 'romantic' tale behind it
The cargo ship ran aground off the Devon coast in January, spilling dozens of containers into the sea.
Somerset Distillery said it obtained, with permission of the Receiver of Wrecks, several Allier barrels destined for South Africa to age fine wines.
They had been protected from sea water by a consignment of bibles written in Zulu, said distiller Julian Temperley.
The Napoli was deliberately grounded in Lyme Bay in January after it was damaged in a storm. The ship's 26-man crew was rescued by helicopter.
The wreck attracted scavengers taking everything from personal belongings to BMW bike parts.
Mr Temperley travelled to Branscombe beach after seeing barrels floating ashore on television news pictures.
He said the good ones had already been snapped up by a Yeovil man, from whom he bought an undisclosed number.
"The barrels in the water were no good, but the ones we had were locked together with bibles in the Zulu language, which kept the containers afloat," he said.
"We put 10 year-old cider brandy in them and not only is the product brilliant, the story is lovely.
"Each barrel is worth between £300 and £400, but although we got them dirt cheap, the real saving is in the romance and the mystery of the story."
The Shipwreck Single Cask Ten Year Old Cider Brandy costs £28 a bottle.
The barrels are said to have added a "sophisticated and subtle oak finish" to the spirit.