Buckfast shortage has Glasgow in a panic
The tasty tonic tipple is a staple in some parts, but it looks like it will be a while before it's back!
Buckfast is a relatively humble brew. Made in Buckfast Abbey, a monastery in Devon, by a handful of Benedictine monks, it was originally created to provide an awakening tonic to those needing a boost. A potent blend of alcohol and caffeine, it's definitely an upper!
In and around the region it's made, it's considered an after dinner drink, to be shared among friends at a quiet soiree. Tourists have been known to visit the monastery to pick up a bottle for novelty purposes, or to see what the fuss is about. Elsewhere, however, it has an altogether different use.
It's something of a national drink in Scotland, although some would be keen to rid the place of it. For one reason or another, its gravy-like consistency, tasting of a 'blend of undiluted Ribena and Benylin' has made it the darling of the 'ned', with the distinctive green bottle most likely to be found nestled up the sleeve of a tracksuit top.
Not a Benedictine monk
Of course, they are not the only ones enjoying the tonic wine of an evening, with shop owners claiming that most of their sales actually come from workers stopping in for a half bottle on the way home from a hard day's labour.
Both crowds of 'Bucky' lovers are set to be disappointed for the foreseeable future. With production halting in March to allow the monks to direct their attention to COVID-19 combatting measures, supplies are now running dry and, if you are in the market for a wee tonic wine today, you'll be paying around £10 – if you can find it at all.
A local shop owner told the Glasgow Times about the impact this was having: “It’s really bad. At the start, in the cash and carry, there was a limit on how many cases you could buy, but now they aren’t selling it anymore. Where my shop is there are lots of factories and warehouses and people get a half bottle on the way home – it’s what they like to drink. But there’s nothing we can do if the factory is shut!"