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".
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.
Irn bru changing their ingredients and buckfast lowering to a measly 7% has ruined my year before febuary
— Brian plenderleith (@Brianplend1) January 16, 2018
First there’s a reduction in sugar in #Irn-Bru and now they’re reducing the alcohol percentage in #Buckfast ?? The government’s going the right way about promoting civil unrest in Scotland by the way!
— Educamus Tuition (@educamus1) January 16, 2018
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.
#chandler&coltd doesn't exist.
Wine is here to stay. pic.twitter.com/ICYaE1ZU2I
— ThatBoy McLaren (@ThatBoyCrypto) January 16, 2018
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."
Following a false statement which was issued on social media. We can confirm that we are NOT changing our recipe or our alcohol content .
— Stewart Wilson (@StewartWilson19) January 16, 2018