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Most of the world may be struggling through another year of hard times, but no one has told Harrods.
The department store is making sure the country’s billionaires – hedge fund bosses, Russian magnates and Arab potentates – can look forward to a luxurious Christmas with this hamper, right, which at £20 000 (R317 000) costs as much as many couples can afford as a deposit on their first home.
The Decadence hamper brings together some of the most expensive food and drink in the world.
But if you are considering getting one for Christmas, be aware of one glaring omission. The huge hamper does not come with a turkey.
There are 25 bottles of liquor, including magnums of Dom Perignon, Cristal and Taittinger champagne, Balvenie single malt whisky aged for 30 years, and Courvoisier Initiale Extra cognac.
There is a 2kg pack of Kopi Luwak coffee, collected from the dung of Asian palm civet cats after they have been fed coffee berries, or what Harrods calls the “world’s finest and most expensive coffee beans in the world”.
The centrepiece of the feast is the 8kg Iberico ham, which comes with its own special carving knife. The meat, considered one of Spain’s food treasures, comes from purebred black Iberian pigs that spend their lives roaming free.
The selection of meats also includes Capocollo di Martina Franca, an Italian salami from the hills of Apulia that is cured for up to 180 days, Iberian chorizo, Mortandella Corra from Italy, and Salame Strolghino.
There are two types of caviar, including a 125g pot of Oscietra from the prized Ossetra sturgeon. Finally, for the Boxing Day buffet is a 500g royal fillet of Scottish salmon.
There’s paté de foie gras with truffles, and a cheese selection with 1.15kg half baby Stilton and a Torta de Trujillo, made from the milk of sheep that graze freely on herbs and grasses.
While the traditional turkey has been neglected, recipients do get an “extra-special three-tiered Christmas cake, decorated with resplendent ribbons”, which weighs in at 9.5kg.
And of course, there is an Archive Collection Christmas Pudding. In case pantry staples such as olive oil and orange marmalade seem too pedestrian, Harrods offers them liberally sprinkled with flakes of real gold. The oil alone would set you back £750.
A small 68g bottle of Leonardi balsamic vinegar, aged for 100 years, is so exclusive that each one is numbered and presented in a gift box.
The luxury presentation is finished off with mini mince pies, crackers and table decorations and the £20 000 hamper is delivered in a wooden presentation trunk.
Bruce Langford, director of food at Harrods, said, “The Decadence is a showcase of the most enticing and delectable flavours available from across the globe and carefully sourced by our team of experts and suppliers.”
There are cheaper options for those not thinking of taking out a bond for a few seasonal treats.