Buckfast - Tonic Wine 75cl Bottle


Buckfast - Tonic Wine
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The recipe for the Tonic wine is attributed to the original French monks who settled at Buckfast Abbey in the 1880's. Base wines from Spain, known as mistellas, were imported and to these were added the tonic ingredients according to the old recipe.

By the 1920's 1400 bottles were sold annually, 500 from Buckfast and the remainder by post. In 1927 a London wine merchant was visiting the Abbey, and in conversation with the Abbot, Anscar Vonnier, it was decided that the monks would continue to make the Tonic wine with the distribution and sale to be carried out by a separate marketing company.

In order to broaden its appeal the Tonic was changed slightly from a rather severe patent medicine to a smoother, more mature medicated wine.
Having taken on the marketing of "Buckfast" the distributing company adopted a reserved promotional approach resulting in the widespread appreciation of the product nationally and internationally.

In modern times it continues to be made by the monks of Buckfast Abbey along the same lines and according to the same basic recipe as used in the very early days. The main difficulty lies in the successful addition of inert substances to a base wine - a living and natural entity.

The selection of the base wine is thus of prime importance. Today the base mistellas come from France providing the ideal medium for the skill and expertise of the monks to produce a finished product round and mature to the most discerning of tastes.

Category(s):     Mead & Tonic Wine

Producer: Buckfast
ABV:   15%
Brand:   Buckfast
Country of Origin:   England
Region:   Devon
Vintage:   NV


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46 Product Reviews

Date of Review: Sun, 20 Mar 2011
Review: Wonderful stuff, all the caffeine and sugars will keep you ticking , better than any so called energy drinks!

Date of Review: Fri, 04 Feb 2011
Review: what is the secret???? it is the only drink that gives you that lovely warm feeling and a pleasant drunk. not a Neds drink, it used to be when it was cheaper but it is quite expensive now, an acquired taste but once you get the first sip that is you for life.

Date of Review: Sat, 23 Jan 2010
Review: We celebrated our Ruby wedding in Buckie recently by cracking open a bottle of Buckie, as usual. God bless the Monks!

Date of Review: Sun, 22 Nov 2009
Review: Hello to the Buckfast massive. Davie Allan from falkirk, been drinking the finest for 24 years now, never done me any harm. Best and most unique drink in the world. Has a kick like no other drink in the world, god bless those monks.

Date of Review: Tue, 17 Nov 2009
Review: Anyone thinks the taste of tonics changed recently?? Everyone round my way is saying it but I don't notice any difference and iv been binning it 15years now. They all seemed to be drinking 'Irish Meadow' which is like a cheap runny Baileys.

Date of Review: Thu, 09 Jul 2009
Review: God bless the tonic. Grew up on the drink and it the only alcoholic beverage for me. It has that happy factor.

Date of Review: Thu, 22 Jan 2009
Review: I grew up around the "BUCK" and never found it nice to taste, when I moved to England many years ago, A friend got me a bottle for Christmas, and I could not bear to drink it, but had to because it was a gift, bloody horrible! However I know a couple of Scots who swear by it, and search the locale to find it. So I suppose one man's drink is another man's poison.

Date of Review: Thu, 08 Jan 2009
Review: Hello fellow Buckie drinkers. I have been drinking the stuff for a good few years now and can't get enuff of the stuff. Just a message to let everyone know that the numbers on the bottle don't mean anything. I e-mailed the abbey in Devon and they say it is the bottle mould number and has no bearing to the contents. You can try and argue but that is straight from the horses mouth. Peace Out!!!!

Date of Review: Fri, 26 Dec 2008
Review: Hell yeah... Lanarkshires finest!! That's all that needs to be said!!

Date of Review: Fri, 11 Jan 2008
Review: What can I say? this wine has came from god himself. When I touched the finest for the first time it changed my life forever. It made me so happy. Can't get enough, away for a bottle now as we speak. God bless the monks.

Date of Review: Fri, 14 Dec 2007
Review: Buckfast have been given all the bad press due to neds drinking it and mixing it with other alchol related products . I myself have drunk it for over 15 years and have yet to have the urge to kick someones head in. Tonic wine is what some people might call an aquired taste but once you get the first few mouthful over and get the unusual taste there will be no stopping you.

Date of Review: Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Review: oohh, the tonic... wot can i say? drinkin' a bottle as i type this. Don't know any other drink that has the same effect, It is not a neds drink, although they do drink it, it has a broad fan base! it gives you a warm glow... just stock up on toilet paper for morning after!! lol and you know what they say...... buckfast make you f***fast!!!!!

Date of Review: Fri, 14 Sep 2007
Review: Sorry, scrub what I said below. The link is the Scotsman: all the ones I meet drink heavily but it just happens they drink a lot of Buckfast. I will try this wine for myself & report back.

Date of Review: Sun, 09 Sep 2007
Review: I work in an off-licence & am yet to have anyone but gentlemen of the road buy this stuff. One nicknamed "Crazy Horse" even has "BUCKFAST" tattooed round his navel; only last week thought we were having a break in by the frantic hammering on the door 30 mins after hours -- it's the horse craving his 5th bottle of the day. Forget all this hype about monks & secret recipies tho, I always recommend Mansion House or Frosty Jacks cider to the alcoholic, way cheaper by volume.

Date of Review: Mon, 06 Aug 2007
Review: We love you buckie we do, we love you buckie we do ohhhhhhh BUCKIE WE LOVE YOU

Date of Review: Mon, 06 Aug 2007
Review: Ahhh bucky or buckie as me and my friends call it. Many a night me and suit paul (leg-end) have downed a couple of bootles of buckie before setting off on a mad head night in glasgy. This stuff is pure gem!!!

Date of Review: Mon, 25 Jun 2007
Review: Sweet tonic wine, drank it for years and am far from a ned, all my mates drink it, a Glasgow institution, thank god all this carry on abt bannin it has died down, everyone should be free to enjoy it ;)

Date of Review: Tue, 15 May 2007
Review: Just ordered a bottle of the good stuff for part of a pal from work's leaving present. The buckie has been the stuff of urban myth around the office for so long, only 3 short days til friday til it arrives and we can sample it at last!!

Date of Review: Wed, 09 May 2007
Review: 21 ORD COY, catterick garrison drinking champion, slim geoff here. a night on the tiles was never the same after a balck mug full of buckfas, downed in one. it warms the cockles of me old heart just thinking of having it again, ive not had it for nigh on 20 years and im about to make an order as i loved the stuff, bottoms up,

Date of Review: Sun, 29 Apr 2007
Review: Terry Wogan drinks buckfast. thats how good the stuff is!!

Date of Review: Sat, 21 Apr 2007
Review: Yeo, bucky is da best :)

Date of Review: Fri, 12 Jan 2007
Review: I came up to Glasgow for work and was told to try the tipple known as Buckfast! It was explained to me how it was a very popular drink up in Scotland yet came from Devon, nearer my own location in fact. I had never heard of it and after consuming a couple of bottles I became increasingly aware of it's magical powers!! Never have I felt so good and leary at the same time! Giggled my head off for hours! Looking forward to another interesting night on Buckfast!!

Date of Review: Wed, 13 Dec 2006
Review: Im a Scotman from Glasgow and i have been drinking this necter for a few years now and im a well respected Brittish Soldier all this hype about it being a neds drink is rubbish people think its cheap and nasty stuff just dont know what they are talking about why dont the scottish health minister try a bottle for himself instead of trying to bad mouth it you never know he might even like it tell you one thing if it gets banned i will be bying it on the black market thanks to all you great Monks Keep up the good work GOD BLESS YOU

Date of Review: Sat, 09 Dec 2006
Review: Here be david and ryan , we love thy old buckfast, it is sex and sex alone. no need for fave numbers there all good, thank you buckfast we love you and you alone.

Date of Review: Fri, 01 Dec 2006
Review: I love the Bucky - it's great stuff for my McBrain. It's a shame that Athols pies in Perth doesn't sell it with my favourite mutton pies. They come from the moooores ye ken.

Date of Review: Tue, 31 Oct 2006
Review: Bucky's pure gemm inawaeeerat. loogit pam's chickly gels. looooooooom!

Date of Review: Sat, 28 Oct 2006
Review: oh bucky i love it, dont really drink much else, it should be sold in the bars up my way. I still get stick from mates saying its rotton, i just say you dont like it THEN DONT DRINK IT!!!! nuff said

Date of Review: Tue, 24 Oct 2006
Review: its not just a neds drink. Ok i used to be a ned, some might say i still am (you know who you are lol). but i just love it. drink it every night. and i'm not ashamed to admit it :)

Date of Review: Sat, 21 Oct 2006
Review: sittin here chillin after a heavy night at the dancin, had ma buckie in the fridge waiting for me to come home can't beat a nice chilled bottle of vino to bring u round eh? Popeye had his spinach, the gummiebears had their gummie berry juice and God bless those monks for bringin us buckfast tonic wine!

Date of Review: Sun, 08 Oct 2006
Review: I represent the Lurgan faction of the Buckfast drinker club (Craigavon, Northern Ireland chapter). Buckfast is the pillar of society in our small market town. We are raised with Buckfast on our dummies, Buckfast sausages on a Saturday morning and a bottle or two of the Lurgan Red on a Saturday night, drank from the obligatory brown bag.
Buckfasts mix of alcohol, caffiene and other such chemicals blends together to form a highly drinkable and effective pre-bar carry out. The medicinal properties go a long way to preventing a hangover the next day too.
The buzz attained from one or two "tens a wine" is really something quite spectacular and something which other similarly priced wines fail to produce.
Buckfast represents a whole generation in Lurgan and is something that is being passed to the next generation. An integral ingredient in a true Lurgan mans diet, Buckfast remains one of the best tonic wines available for a fiver from the Batcave.

Date of Review: Thu, 05 Oct 2006
Review: Ahh the amber nectar, that sweet sweet aroma, at first a sniff of strawberries and saddle leather with a hint of webbox- for healthy dogs!then you plunge into forests of the night and embrace the darkness....
A Book of Verse underneath the Bough,
A bottle of bucky, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

Date of Review: Tue, 26 Sep 2006
Review: Listen to all you northerers you ********* get a life.
Ed: This review was bordering on being deleted - let alone modified!!

Date of Review: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Review: happnin this is the bucky crew fi fife praising buckfast loud 'n' pround! Canni get enuff eh the tonic likes its just the best drink yi could git roond! 3 bottles eh buck nd thats the trick likez, insted eh a apple a day drink a bottle eh buck a day lol brilliant stuff keeps us aww gawn ! The Bucky Crew fi Fife !!

Date of Review: Fri, 25 Aug 2006
Review: Being an experienced buckfast drinker (10YR) I feel I must leave a comment. Buckie can only be described as the finest drink since water was discovered, I feel so strongly about the influence this drink has had on my life, I branded myself with a tattoo of the logo on my right bicept(view on imanegg.co.uk). Lee G Bo'ness Scotland

Date of Review: Tue, 18 Jul 2006
Review: Alrighty. Nothin better than a bottle a buck sittin playin WoW, gettin right oot it and causin wipe after wipe in MC. Then gettin abuse flung at ye, and flingin it back cause u have grown some balls drinkin this power juice. I would recommend this tae all ye's. Does exactly what it says on the tin - Buckled fast. Enjoy!!

Date of Review: Mon, 19 Jun 2006
Review: Buckie is lyk th best drink eva, pure majik lyk gets ma in a realy gd mood 4 th bedroom eh. lol fink every1 shud try buckie once in a wile. n how lucky was i? 1st bottle eva of buckie n it was number 1!! waaayhaaay xxx

Date of Review: Sun, 21 May 2006
Review: Hello all you buckie crews out there, we are the teeside buckie crew. Buckfast is a fundamental part of our saturday night (Buckie night) and we love it. 99% of our crew are from Glasgow, Scotland with 1% from teeside but we represent the Teeside branch of Buckie crews. We would love to hear from any other buckie crews out there and well swap notes. Down wa the Neds up wa the buckie.

Date of Review: Tue, 09 May 2006
Review: buckie is great me an ma bird cany get enough aw it twa bottle each an a good sesion in the bedroom a just cany understand how the toffs hink its a neds drink keeps there lawyer daughters and copper sons in a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date of Review: Sat, 08 Apr 2006
Review: Me like Bucky, Bucky get me really blocked.

Date of Review: Thu, 09 Mar 2006
Review: oryt. BUCKFAST it pure mental the best drink in the world u cant beat it lyk. ave tried many drinks but bucky is the best. ma fav numbers are 17 23 8. if ne 1 else has got fav numbers please get in touch wie me catch l8er(DONT DRINK 2 MUCH LOL)bubbles23xxy@hotmail.com love daniel

Date of Review: Mon, 06 Feb 2006
Review: Buckfast, great drink, cans of tennent's go down like water after a tonic. Keeps the cops busy and us happy, buckfast we luv you.

Date of Review: Sun, 08 Jan 2006
Review: After going to see some friends of mine up Scotland it was recommended that I should not leave without a couple of bottles of 'bucky'?. I must say with my first glass full it tasted foul (compared to the usual house white wine!!) but after another one it began to grow on me!! Once you get used to the quirky taste you won't look back, it gives you a nice warm glow and a nice feeling in general!! Although a labled as a 'neds' drink, its definitely an undiscovered gem for the masses........spread the word!!

Date of Review: Wed, 30 Nov 2005
Review: I have been drinking Buckfast for ten years now and it still hits the spot. My girlfriend hates it though!

Date of Review: Fri, 28 Oct 2005
Review: A mature fine body carefully concealled in a dark green bottle. well worth giving your mother a sip.

Date of Review: Wed, 20 Jul 2005
Review: Aahhh! The sweet, sweet aroma that dances through the atmos' once that gold cap is 'cracked' is never forgotten. Your first 'up and downey' of the intriguing green bottle as the thick, sweet and strangely compelling 'buckie' washes your throat, captivates your very imagination as well as your pallate.
Do not believe the hype regarding 'neds' and 'kappa slappas' only drinking this prize nectar, I drink it, and i am a retired barrister of 30 years and a respectable member of the community.
'Broon wine, broon wine makes me feel fine!!'
Ed - Not Kappa Slappers :0) - surely worse than Chavs!

Date of Review: Tue, 26 Apr 2005
Review: Great invention keeps the cops busy up here.

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