Monks living in an English abbey have raked in £8.8 million ($11 million) thanks to sales of a tonic wine that has been linked to violent crime in Scotland.
Buckfast tonic wine, commonly known as Buckfast or "Buckie", is a sweet caffeinated wine produced by monks at the Buckfast Abbey in the English county of Devon.
Popular among drinkers in the west of Scotland, the drink – which has an alcohol content of 15 percent - has become notorious for its association with late night violent crime in Glasgow and its surrounding areas.
Last week a Scottish sheriff (judge) was reported by Scottish media as saying there was a "very definite association between Buckfast and violence." In response the abbey is quoted in several media outlets as saying it was "saddened" by the judge's opinion that a "small number of people in Scotland are not enjoying Buckfast in a responsible way."
Sales of the wine account for almost all of the record £8.8 million pounds of income reported by the Buckfast Abbey Trust for the financial year to the end of October 2015, according to a report placed on the U.K.'s Charity Commission website in August.
In January 2010, a BBC investigation revealed that Buckfast had been mentioned in 5,638 crime reports in the Strathclyde region of Scotland from 2006 to 2009; equating to an average of three per day.