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  • Buckfast tonic wine review
  • rOcKeTdOg
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    I kind of like it but I can see where this guy is coming from…obviously some inaccuracies as he thinks the abbey is in England but 🤷‍♂️

    An American wine connoisseur made the mistake of reviewing buckfast… Here’s their tasting notes:

    Buckfast Tonic Wine (No Vintage)

    Screw cap, took it off about 30 minutes before to bring in some air. Apparently made by monks in England. Decided to try while cooking dinner. Poured into a glass, first glance has a very inky almost brownish color that you see in older wines. Very syrupy, liquid clings to the side of the glass when swirled. Almost 15% ABV.

    Stuck my nose in and was hit with something I’ve never experienced before. Barnyardy funk (in a bad way) almost like a dead animal in a bird’s nest. A mix of flat Coca Cola and caramel with a whiff of gun metal.

    On the palate, overwhelming sweetness and sugar. Cherry Cola mixed with Benadryl. Unlike anything I’ve tasted. I’m not sure what this liquid is but it is not wine, I’m actually not sure what it is but it tastes like something a doctor would prescribe. A chemical concoction of the highest degree. Can only compare it to a Four Loko.

    Managed to make it through a couple small glasses but not much more. Has absolutely ruined the evening drinking-wise for me as I tried to drink a nice Bordeaux after but the iron-like metallic sweet aftertaste I just couldn’t get out of my mouth even after a few glasses of water. I don’t drink a lot of coffee regularly so I also have mild heart palpitations from the caffeine after just drinking a bit of this and feel a slight migraine.

    An ungodly concoction made by seemingly godly men. I believe the Vatican needs to send an exorcist over to Buckfast Abbey as the devil’s works are cleary present there. After tasting this “wine,” the way I feel can only be described as akin to being under a bridge on one’s knees orally pleasing a vagrant while simultaneously drinking liquified meth through a dirty rag.

    I’ve drank a lot of wines in my life and will never forget this one.

    scaredypants
    Full Member

    Abbey is in Devon (or maybe Cornwall)

    fenboy
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    Its from Buckfastleigh Abbey in Devon, so England even though its Scotlands other national drink! I do like the last paragraph of the review though  ……very visceral!

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Ha, apologies to the reviewer! You live and learn 😆

    montgomery
    Free Member

    Yep, east edge of Dartmoor. A place of pilgrimage for guys like the one in Pitlochry 12 days ago, waving his open bottle of Bucky around, who couldn’t understand why the Citylink bus driver wouldn’t let him onboard…

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    Sounds about right, it’s utter shite, tastes like ribena mixed with paracetamol.

    Why did you think the Abbey was anywhere else? Eldorado is the Scottish made equivalent, Sanatogen do one too.

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    Thas just like your opnion tho innit lad.

    scuttler
    Full Member

    Wreck the hoose juice!

    muddy@rseguy
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    The reviewer forgot to mention the resulting punch up, kebab, the inadvisable second drink, subsequent passing out, waking up on a bench on a bleak, empty station concourse somewhere in the north of England at 2.47 am on a Wednesday with a vague recollection of attempting to illigally gain access to a live recording of PopmasterTV and challenging Ken Bruce to a duel, only to be manhandled away by security while tearfully screaming that he ruined Radio 2 forever and that he should return immediately if only for the sake of the eternal spirit of Teryy Wogan who shall rise again, then later falling into a somewhat maudlin introspective and careful re-evaulation of life choices while spending the next week trying to get the horrible taste out of their mouth.

    Buckfastleigh is famed for the Steam Railway, The Butterfly Farm, The Otter Sanctuary (Ahhhh, theyre so cute…) and a drink that frankly is like WKD blended with Ketamine, Domestos and undiluted Ribena.

    andy4d
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    Jeez, takes me back. I remember going into a working man’s club somewhere in Airdrie/Calderbank and it was served by the glass from a fridge. Didn’t make it taste any better!

    Mikkel
    Free Member

    Up in the triangle they even mix it with instant coffee to get a bit more caffeine

    rOcKeTdOg
    Full Member

    Feeling inspired on today’s ride

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    blokeuptheroad
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    obviously some inaccuracies as he thinks the abbey is in England

    Made in England, but we’re not daft enough to drink it so we ship it North! 😉

    perchypanther
    Free Member

    Whisky makes you frisky, brandy makes you randy..…if you’re in a hurry, drink Buckfast

    dyna-ti
    Full Member

    Buckfast sapof

    andrewreay
    Full Member

    There’s a great Rab C Nesbitt episode where he goes on a pilgrimage.

    IMDB Rab C Nesbitt – Buckfast

    Buckfast

    somafunk
    Full Member

    A bottle or two/three was essential for us back in the day after the clubs shut, all back to various houses for an afterparty and games of dice for shots of buckfast till we are unable to speak – win three in a row then you also get the final pill/line.

    Cracking fun, wouldn’t change a thing.

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    Up in the triangle

    Drongan triangle?

    daviek
    Full Member

    I remember being at a wedding once and the groom had worked in Glasgow for a while so some of his friends from there came up for the event. I remember a popular drink with them was Bucky and prosecco, can’t remember what they called it but it did seem to be going down well.

    perchypanther
    Free Member

    I’d say the Triangle encompasses pretty much all of North Lanarkshire and a chunk of South Lanarkshire too.
    There was a shop where I grew up that had the flat roof covered in about four inches of broken green glass from all the bottles that got thrown up there. The shopkeeper left it a security measure to stop people breaking into the shop through the roof.

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    I’d say the triangle comprises D&G, Borders and Highlands under the old council areas.

    perchypanther
    Free Member

    Nah, it’s just not the same. I spend a lot of time in D&G and i’ve yet to see a half-decker  hingin oot the pocket of a suit jacket.

    politecameraaction
    Free Member

    “The Buckie Triangle”: the area of Airdrie, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld where the drink is particularly popular. So popular, in fact, that in some trendy bars in London they serve a “Coatbridge Negroni”.

    🤔

    ratherbeintobago
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    There used to be a pub opposite the Garage on Sauchiehall St that had it on draft. I want to say Nice n’ Sleazy but that might be wrong.

    vmgscot
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    My son lives and works at the Abbey. The monks do still produce the base concentrate in some pretty fancy facilities then it heads off in large tankers to a bottling plant. There’s some money in it!

    paladin
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    rOcKeTdOgFull Member
    Ha, apologies to the reviewer! You live and learn 😆

    Yeah, Bucky doesn’t come from Buckie 😂

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    Nah, it’s just not the same. I spend a lot of time in D&G and i’ve yet to see a half-decker hingin oot the pocket of a suit jacket.

    That’s because there are less courts in the area.


    @ratherbeintobago
    I think you’re right but could equally have been Variety bar. The Buckie on tap started down in the Barras.

    petefromearth
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    For dedicated fans (in Bristol)

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    mucker
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    burntembers
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    Ah brings back memories of teenage ‘cheap get pissed quick’ drinks. Ones I remember trying were Buckfast, Thunderbird, Night train (Express) and Mad dog 20/20.

    All were pretty gopping but remind me of innocent fun times with friends. We then moved onto the delights of Aftershock, Jägermeister, Vodka red bull etc, before realising sticking to beers was probably best (most of the time).

    WorldClassAccident
    Free Member

    Ah brings back memories of teenage ‘cheap get pissed quick’ drinks. and the need to sneak them into school discos (remember them?) led me to invent the very popular ‘Vodka sodastream’ that was then sold in reused small plastic lemonade bottles which you could get past the security/geography teacher.

    Tasted rank but did the job.

    Phil_H
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    This popped up on my Facebook feed

    https://www.facebook.com/share/v/SDoyx6hqBAQApT6E/

    When he described Buckfast as flat Coca-Cola I had a queezy feeling where things were heading, especially as there was an extra glass.😅

    dyna-ti
    Full Member

    Tried Buckie once. Some friends felt I should at least try it.

    It had a viscous velvety i dunno, is ‘texture’ the best descriptive 😕

    somafunk
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    Tried Buckie once. Some friends felt I should at least try it.

    It had a viscous velvety i dunno, is ‘texture’ the best descriptive 😕

    It’s the perfect viscosity to provide a soothing salve to your mouth after a night chewing the face off it on pink champagne, or lesser varieties of amphetamines

    BillMC
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    It might have been an amusing prop for the Edinburgh Highlander stag-do. But then again, maybe not.

    maccruiskeen
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    It was quite a crafty marketing move by the monks.

    Back in the day when pubs and off-licenses had to close in the afternoon day-time drunks only had two options get them through the day – join a private members club of pop into the local chemist.

    The ‘tonic’ in Tonic Wine gave it a classification that meant that Chemists could sell it outside of licensing hours, making it the go-to drink for the desperate. Coupled with that was an advertising campaign that suggested it was the perfect cure for desperation

    Doing gods work.

    maccruiskeen
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    maccruiskeen
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    BuckfastWine1-1

    Keep the hoose juice

    piemonster
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    I’d say the triangle comprises D&G, Borders and Highlands under the old council areas.

    I’m unconvinced that this incident in Kirkcaldy yesterday wasn’t influenced by Buckfast consumption.

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