Long overdue: the fabled ‘black wine’ of the Nile valley.
Tonic wine, synonymous for centuries with Coptic celebrations and Saidi tradition, but also with riotous excess from the time of the Pharaohs right down to the present day, is truly Egyptian, yet familiar to us northerners in the form of the much-loved Buckfast. Mentuhotep IV said ‘iirp'; your average Mina Botros says ‘nabiz’ – I say ‘let’s get stoated’. I also say ‘I hate the SNP for their restrictions on civil liberties’.
It’s a nice bottle. There’s a drawing of a cherub supine on a wine cask holding up a glass of the good stuff. Gianaclis. 47g – not bad considering a bottle of Bucky costs about double that these days… and 16% ABV, here we go!
It pours thick, viscous, a deep reddy-black colour. The smell is very full, cinnamony, sickly sweet, cola-y, fruity, strongly alcoholic. Pretty much like Buckfast.
Long story short, it tastes like Buckfast. Extremely sweet. Full-bodied. A bit spicy. Distinctly reminiscent of cola, but violently alcoholic – dynamite.
It’s nice to know that the Buckfast of our hearts has such a venerable progenitor. I love this stuff. 9/10.