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Bucky Facts

  • Buckfast is considered an aphrodisiac in the Caribbean where the wine is known as a “love potion” by the locals.
  • Tonic wines originally contained cocaine in them and were known as coca wines up until the early 20th century
  • Buckfast does not promote or advertise their brand in Scotland and have not done so in over 20 years now.
  • Buckfast (green bottle) has the same caffeine content as 7 tins of coke or 2.5 cups of coffee. Buckfast (brown bottle) has the same caffeine content as 12 tins of coke and 4 cups of coffee
  • Numbers from 1 to 30 can be found near the base of the big bottle. These refer to the glass bottle manufacturers mould numbers and have no relation to the contents of the bottle in any way.
  • A big bottle contains 11.25 units of alcohol, 15%. The Irish version contains….
  • “Contains no meat”. This was labelled on the front of the old bottles with the company confirming in 2011 “Buckfast Tonic Wine contains no animal products as far as we know. There are no other producers of Buckfast Tonic Wine.” However in 2017 they followed up by saying “We cannot guarantee that Buckfast Tonic Wine is suitable for vegans as we have not been able to obtain satisfactory evidence from all of our suppliers that they use no animal products even though we don’t use any ourselves.”
  • A big bottle of Buckfast contains 1125 calories.
  • In 2014 J. Chandler & Company introduced the world to Buckfast in a can. At 250ml and priced roughly at just under £3 these cans are a seasonal product that are only available in the summer months.
  • In 2015 the company released Buckfast miniatures. The bottles at 50ml and priced roughly at £2 make great weddings gifts but more importantly can also be taken on to plans.

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