Fake Tweet causes panic over claims alcohol content of Buckfast could be slashed

A Tweet from an account claiming to be the makers of Buckfast has caused panic online among fans after it announced the alcohol content of the tonic wine could be slashed.

Published 16th Jan 2018
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The Tweet by @Chandler&CoLtd sparked an online reaction when it claimed that due to "strict new Government legislation" Buckfast would be cut "from 15 per cent alcohol to just 7 per cent".


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The social media post was then reported on by a national newspaper seemingly confirming it as true and angering fans who believed it was genuine.

However, the actual Buckfast account @StewartWilson19, which is linked to the main website, has since rubbished the claim and calling it false, much to the relief of those who drink the tonic wine.

Posting from their official account, the drink's producers said: "Following a false statement which was issued on social media. We can confirm that we are NOT changing our recipe or our alcohol content."

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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