The Nightjar bar in East London was raided by officers from the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit and UK Border Force in early December for serving a drink flavored with whale meat. The $27 US Moby Dick contained Laphroaig whisky, Drambuie, ale, bitters, and whale skin infusion. Nightjar director Edmund Weil told The Sun newspaper that the “whale skin infusion” was actually a bottle of scotch that contained single 2 x 5cm strip of dried whale skin. “The strip was purchased in a shop by an employee while on a trip to Japan in autumn 2011,” Weil explained. “Until the police visit, neither ourselves nor our employees were aware of the legislation under which the bottle was seized. In hindsight we realize that regardless of the legal framework around such products, it was an error of judgment on our part to include this on our menu, and we would like to offer our apologies to anyone who may have been offended by it.”
The sale of whale meat and whale products is strictly prohibited throughout Europe except in Greenland and Denmark.
Would you try a Moby Dick if it weren’t illegal?