Friday, September 22, 2006

How much for the peanut butter?

Remembering Winston Churchill:

...the jam maker F Duerr & Son has marked its 125th anniversary by producing the world's most expensive marmalade.

The Fine Cut Seville Orange Marmalade with Whisky, Champagne and Gold mixes the finest Seville fruit with vintage Dalmore 62 whisky from Whyte & Mackay (valued at £32,000 per bottle), topped off with a splash of Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1996 vintage champagne and garnished with flakes of 24-carat gold leaf.

The resulting spread, encased in a custom-made crystal jar valued at £1,100, would cost £76 to cover a single slice of toast.

Mark Duerr, managing director of the Manchester firm said: "It's unbelievably good – we tasted it at a board meeting last week for the first time, and were amazed. The whisky comes through immediately. The champagne's more subtle."

The choice of the champagne was made because Churchill was passionate about both marmalade spread and marmalade cats. His favourite tabby, Jock, was orange, and his will stipulated that there should always be a similarly coloured successor at his Chartwell estate.

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