CRAZY SWEET CAFFEINATED WINE THE FAVORITE DRINK OF SCOTTISH PRISON INMATES
So I’ve never been to prison, thank God. But I know that every single prison has its own little culture going on. Well, several interactive cultures. Prison guards, prisoners and management. But beyond what I’ve seen on tv and movies, I don’t really know what’s real. But now I know a little something about Scottish prison inmates, and what they like to drink. And, frankly, it sounds pretty damn good. Have you ever heard of Buckie? Yeah, I hadn’t either. But now I kind of want some. And by some, I mean a case.
BUCKIE IS MORE THAN A SONG, IT’S A BEVERAGE MADE BY MONKS FOR DECADES
So what is Buckie and where does it come from? Most people only know of the drink from a song from 2006. “Bottle of Buckie” by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. The song, it seems, is fun to sing along to while you are drinking with friends. But Buckie is the slang term for the drink, which is really Buckfast. Buckfast is made by monks. It is, literally, caffeinated wine. And, you guessed it, Scottish prison inmates love them some Buckie, or Buckfast. And the more I hear about it, the more I want to try it.
40% OF ALL SCOTTISH PRISON INMATES DRINK BUCKIE, BUT LOCAL SCOTS LESS ENAMORED
A bottle of Buckie is 15% alcohol, which is a pretty strong beer. But the caffeine? The caffeine is serious. Like, epic. One bottle of Buckie has the same amount of caffeine as 10 cans of Coke! And the taste? Well, that’s where this may be a bit of a taste you have to acquire. Scottish people say it’s insanely sweet, with a taste like a combination of bubblegum and cough medicine. So yes, Buckie only makes up half a single percent of alcohol sales in Scotland. But local prison inmates? 40% of them drink Buckie.
Vodka and Red Bull? Please. Buckie has history. Panache. Well, prison panache.