COP26: Cullen Skunk? Watch hilarious video as U.S. Embassy staff try out traditional Scottish fayre

U.S. Embassy London Chargé d’Affaires Philip Reeker shared a video on Twitter of himself and his fellow representatives whetting their appetites with a range of delicacies including square sausages and Cranachan .

“It’s not a bad soda,” said Mr Reeker, sipping a glass of Irn-Bru brewed in Glasgow.

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Other delicacies enjoyed by the American team included the cullen skink – a soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions – which the testers said “looks like an omelet” but tasted “fabulous”.

Haggis was also well received, but when told it contained sheep heart, lungs and liver, Mr Reeker replied, “You probably shouldn’t sell it with that.”

Faced with a deep fried Mars bar, officials seemed puzzled at an apparent similarity between American and Scottish tastes, with one proclaiming, “Wait a minute… is that Scottish?”

One official felt there was room for improvement for the square sausage, suggesting it could be served with cheese or avocado.

The culinary adventure precedes two weeks in Glasgow for US officials and has not gone unnoticed by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Officials at the US Embassy took time to sample Scottish cuisine, including Irn Bru, Lorne Sausage and Cullen Skink.

“Enjoying the best of (Scottish food and drink) – thank you (Mr Reeker),” Ms Sturgeon tweeted.

“I warmly welcome you to # COP26 in Glasgow.”

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A hearty bowl of Cullen Skint – no ‘skunk’.

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Americans have found it difficult to pronounce cranachan.
Officials asked why the Scots had put a Lorne square sausage “in a round loaf”.
The US Embassy team said Irn-Bru was “good soda”.