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It's far from a spiritual tonic

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

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A monastic order in the West Country has again defended its fortified wine Buckfast which has been linked to alcohol-fuelled crime in Scotland.

Buckfast Tonic Wine has repeatedly been the focus of controversy north of the border with police linking the drink to almost 6,500 crime reports in the past three years.

The drink, commonly known as "Buckie" in Scotland, is made by monks at Buckfast Abbey, near Buckfastleigh in Devon.

More than half of all Buckfast, which is 15 per cent alcohol, is consumed in Scotland, but makes up less than 1 per cent of the market.

The recipe is attributed to the original French monks who settled at Buckfast Abbey in the 1880s.

Abbot David Charlesworth told BBC News: "We don't make a product for it to be abused. We make a product which is a tonic wine."

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