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OCTOBER TASTING OF TRANSMONTANUS CAVIAR

As I have often said, I am not that keen on caviar derived from Transmontanus, or White Sturgeon as they are more commonly known. These fish are not white, but their flesh is making them prized for their meat, with the caviar being a bit of a side show. I have tasted more bad than good, although I do very much like what we sell as Caspian Caviar White Caviar. Thus I was intrigued when a large producer offered to send three samples of different grades of transmontanus. Would I... Read More

Second August Caviar Tasting

This has been a busy month for tasting, with several producers sending samples in the hope of being selected for our range. After our last tasting of several Siberian (Baerii) caviars, this time we looked at the more unusual. We tried a Sevruga and a Golden Sterlet, both from farms in Italy. To add a little context we also included some of our Royal Oscietra. I have often said that sourcing good Sevruga is a tricky job, and I had high hopes for this example. It looked the part –... Read More

August Baerii Tasting

For a little while now, we have been planning to change our supply of Siberian Caviar. The posh name for the Siberian Sturgeon is Baerii and we sell it as Sibirskye, which is Russian for Siberian. Our current supply is very good and is very popular, but we do like to freshen things up occasionally so a new Baerri seemed a good idea. Baerri is the mainstay of the sturgeon farming industry as it matures relatively quickly and produces very good caviar. Recent years have seen an increase in the... Read More

JUNE CAVIAR TASTING

It is always nice to begin the month with a tasting session. We had two samples to have a go at, and I also fancied putting in some of our Royal Oscietra just to gain people’s reaction. I do like to continually test our range to make sure it is as good as it can be. First up, was some Bester Caviar. “Bester?” I hear you say, “What on earth is that?”. It is, in fact, a fairly common hybrid of Huso Huso x Ruthenus (Sterlet). I say fairly common... Read More

February Caviar Tasting at Caspian Caviar

I have often been heard to remark how the over all quality of farmed caviar has improved over the last 5 or so years. Once upon a time, the quality of samples was a bit of a lottery. Recently, the samples have been consistently good, providing good competition across the range. However, some samples we received earlier this month were a throw back to earlier, simpler times, when would-be suppliers could be discounted with ease. The farm lay further east than where we normally source and was situated in a... Read More

Launch of Special Reserve Beluga

SPECIAL RESERVE BELUGA LAUNCH OFFER – 10% OFF It is quite a while since we listed a pure Beluga (Huso Huso) caviar and I have often written about the difficulty of finding really good Beluga (Huso Huso) caviar at a sensible price. This autumn, we have managed to source some really excellent Beluga (Huso Huso) and we have secured a shipment at a cracking price. As we are really keen that you try it, we have even given it a special launch price, 10% below its normal price. This will... Read More

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October Caviar Tasting

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of providing the starter, plus a little caviar knowledge, for a dinner party hosted by a client of ours. In truth, he had bought the “Caviar Tasting Experience” at a charity auction. Caspian Caviar was delighted to provide something a little different for a local charity auction and it turned out to be something of the star lot. It made rather a good price, so I had to be on top form, with my wit and charm being rolled out of cold storage... Read More

AUGUST CAVIAR TASTING – IRANIAN CAVIAR

Our main sample this month was a Sevruga caviar all the way from Iran. It was good but not great. The small grey eggs certainly looked the part and it was soft but the taste was not overwhelming. We felt that it was not as good as the Italian Sevruga caviar that we normally stock over the Christmas period and the cost is considerably greater, so we plan to continue with our normal supply. It did serve to remind us of the impending US sanctions on Iran. “What have US... Read More

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Caviar Information

Caviar Caviar is simply the roe of sturgeon that is lightly salted and cured. Traditionally served on blinis topped with crème fraiche or sour cream, caviar is a wonderfully versatile food that can enhance and compliment a wide variety of dishes. Chopped egg and finely chopped onion are other usual accompaniments, but do try it on its own to really appreciate its flavour. You often see the Russian term “Malossol” being used to describe caviar. It translates to “little salt” referring to the traditional Caviar production process where only a... Read More

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July Caviar Tasting No3

Last, but not least, this month on the tasting front was a Beluga caviar from Bulgaria. It was a pure Beluga caviar – from a Huso Huso sturgeon. I have written before about the difficulty of getting a good enough Beluga (Huso Huso) caviar at a sensible price. It is not commonly farmed as it takes about 18 years to mature. Even then, great caviar is not guaranteed. Much of what we see is of poor quality and/or offered at a silly price. So was this another such example? First... Read More