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Top chef serves up 2,500 haggis
Chef John Paul McLachlan poses with his prize haggis
The gourmet haggis will be served on Burns night
A haggis which is believed to be the world's most expensive has been cooked up at a cost of 2,500.

The dish, created by Scottish chef John Paul McLachlan, will provide 10 servings at 250 per portion - with proceeds going to the tsunami appeal.

The unique Buccleuch Estate haggis has been infused with one of the rarest whiskies in the world - the 50-year-old Balvenie Cask 191 single malt.

Only 83 bottles of the dram exist and it retails at 500 a measure.

The gourmet haggis will be served on Tuesday at the recently-opened contemporary Scottish restaurant and bar, Albannach, in London, to celebrate its first Burns Night.

I've never made anything like it
John Paul McLachlan
In honour of the bard's birthday, Gordon Ramsay-trained chef McLachlan soaked the haggis throughout the cooking process with four drams of the Balvenie Cask 191 50-year-old whisky.

The chef said it enriches the flavour of the haggis and adds a hint of spice.

"It will taste fantastic and is sure to have great appeal," he said.

"We wanted to do something special for Burns Night and I can't think of anything more appropriate than cooking a haggis infused in a 50-year-old whisky.

"I've never made anything like it in my 31 years and I'm honoured to be the chef that gets to use this 6,000 bottle of whisky.

"It's a great way to raise money for the tsunami appeal, and we plan to give every diner a wee taste."

Once cooked, another dram will be poured over the haggis, bringing the total cost to 2,500.

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