Sunday 19 November 2017

€5,000 haggis is causing an offal stir worldwide

The world's most expensive haggis
The world's most expensive haggis

Paul Ward

The "world's most expensive haggis" has been created, with wagyu beef, French truffle and edible gold among the ingredients.

The Scottish delicacy is traditionally eaten on Burns Night, January 25, and is made with lamb heart, lungs and liver, oats, onions and spices, but butchers Macsween sought more exotic ingredients to create a £4,000 (€5,230) haggis.

It contains Highland wagyu beef from hand-reared cattle in Perthshire, white summer truffle from France and tellicherry black pepper from India, which Macsween said can only be grown at over 2,000 feet above sea level. It is decorated with edible 24-carat gold sprinkled on top.

The 4kg haggis is being made to order and will be presented in a handmade wooden cask. Chefs are now awaiting their first commission.

"Robert Burns' famous poem, Address to a Haggis, transformed the humble haggis into a world icon, and this year we wanted to put a luxury twist on the occasion," said Macsween's director James Macsween.

"Good haggis-making is an art and we wanted to highlight this."

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