Some of Britian's last Benedictine monks, based in Devon, brew a tonic wine that many say tastes of a mixture of cough medicine and fruit bubblegum. Somehow, it's become the drink of choice for violent Scottish offenders some 450 miles away. At $9 a bottle, Buckfast tonic wine isn't the cheapest alcoholic drink you can buy in Scotland. And at 15 percent alcohol, it isn't the strongest, either. For the vast majority of people, it would be a stretch to call it the tastiest. What it might be, though, is the most incendiary.
Though Buckfast accounts for barely half a percent of Scotland's total alcohol sales, in 2015 the Scottish Prison Service found that over 40 percent of inmates had drunk some quantity of the stuff before their last offense. Of these, many were violent. (Some enterprising inmates had drained the glass bottle dry and then found it a handy solution for a weapon.) "The Buckie made me do it" is apparently the classic defense.
A couple Buckies and Munchy box and you'll know what being a Scot is like. It explains the bad haircuts.
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