As the whole of Scotland and fans of Robert Burns the world over gear up for Burns Night on Jan. 25, one butcher is offering a haggis that’s strictly for people who never have to worry about money.
Macsweens is offering the "world’s most expensive haggis" and it will set you back — wait for it — £4,000, if you’re in a position to spare that sort of cash (and really, really love haggis).
Personally, I do really, really love haggis — but I would’t spend that amount even if I was ordering it to serve to my celebrity friends on my own personal island.
Ultimately, it’s the same as regular haggis, but with a few added ingredients. Which are, admittedly, pretty impressive. Who can say their Monday night dinner includes wagyu beef, French truffle and edible gold?
More specifically: Highland wagyu beef from hand-reared cattle in Perthshire, white summer truffle from France, tellicherry black pepper from India (which can only be grown at over 2,000ft above sea level, according to Macsween), and edible 24-carat gold sprinkled on top.
Regular versions of the famous Scottish delicacy are made with lamb heart, lungs and liver, oats, onions and spices — ingredients that may turn some people’s stomachs but won’t wipe out their overdraft.
The luxury haggis is made to order — sensible move — and will be presented in a handmade wooden cask.
"Robert Burns’s famous poem transformed the humble haggis into a world icon and this year we wanted to put a luxury twist on the occasion," said James Macsween, managing director of the company. "This latest creation demonstrates the dedication and craft that go into every single one of our products. Good haggis-making is an art and we wanted to highlight this."
If you splash out on luxury haggis, do let us know. But for everyone else, remember... Rabbie Burns definitely wouldn't have had his supper sprinkled with gold.
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