COP26: Cullen Skunk? Watch a hilarious video as US Embassy staff try a traditional Scottish fayre


Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in London, Philip Reeker, shared a video on Twitter of himself and his fellow representatives whetting their appetites with an array of delicacies including square sausages and Cranachan .

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

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Other delicacies enjoyed by Team USA included cullen skink – a soup made with smoked haddock, potatoes and onions – which testers said “looked like an omelette” but tasted “fabulous”.

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

Confronted with a deep-fried Mars bar, officials seemed perplexed by an apparent similarity between American and Scottish tastes, with one proclaiming, “Wait a minute…is that Scottish?”

One manager 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.

US Embassy officials made time to sample Scottish cuisine, including Irn Bru, Lorne Sausage and Cullen Skink.

“Enjoying the best of (Scotland Food and Drink) – thank you (Mr Reeker),” Ms Sturgeon tweeted.

“Welcome to #COP26 in Glasgow.”

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

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Americans had a hard time pronouncing cranachan.
Officials questioned why the Scots put a square Lorne sausage ‘into a round bap’.
The US Embassy team said Irn-Bru was “a good soda”.

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