Me & You & A Bottle Of Buckie

By Spencer Ackerman

The New York Times carries a story about the social scourge of Scotland: Buckfast, the 15-percent alcohol wine packed with caffeine favored by Glaswegian wild(wo)men. You and I know it through Ted Leo’s 2007 reminiscence-filled ode. But what does the stuff taste like?

To the neophyte sampler, it evokes a thick, sweet wine — sherry, perhaps — fortified with cola and Vivarin.

“Have you ever tried Benalyn cough syrup?” asked Sharon Macauley, a sales assistant at G & B’s Newsbox general store, which does a brisk business in Buckfast.

Ted is on that sizzurp! Sort of! This is the opposite of kryptonite, apparently: rather than slowing your roll, the caffeine accelerates it. It’s like Kryptonite and an infusion of radiation from the Yellow Sun of Earth. Whatever it is, it sounds absolutely disgusting.

4 responses to “Me & You & A Bottle Of Buckie

  1. That stuff sounds repulsive, but that is such a good song…

  2. Oh but you can make a cheesecake from it: http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/06/buckfast-cheesecake-och-no.html. (No, I haven’t yet tried either the drink or the cheesecake.)

  3. 12th Man Training Table

    Favorite line:
    The drink is favored by young, rowdy men with a taste for making trouble.
    ‘Nuff said.

  4. Chief Grapist

    I tried making gravy out of it, horrendous. There was no other use for it other than down the sink!

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