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Buckfast - Tonic Wine

Buckfast - Tonic Wine

75cl Bottle £7.78
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Country of Origin

England

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  • ABV15
  • RegionDevon
  • VintageNV

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.

46 Comments found

Phil White 2011-03-20 17:09:37

Wonderful stuff, all the caffeine and sugars will keep you ticking , better than any so called energy drinks!

susan mcgregor 2011-02-04 19:31:06

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.

clare norman 2010-01-23 19:13:24

We celebrated our Ruby wedding in Buckie recently by cracking open a bottle of Buckie, as usual. God bless the Monks!

daviie allan 2009-11-22 09:07:30

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.

Leon Rogers 2009-11-17 16:44:45

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.