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Caviar “Reviews”.

Despite the recommendations of a host of ecommerce experts, we have refused to include a caviar “Review” facility on our website. Apparently, they are all the rage but I am always struck how all reviews on websites are 5 star and I find it very irritating when they pop up just when I want to do something on the site. I find it even more irritating when I then get pestered for reviews post purchase. My irritations with web reviews are not the only reasons we will not entertain them.... Read More

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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

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OFFERS FOR ROYAL ASCOT AND FATHERS’ DAY

June sees two big events taking place, or one – depending on your opinion. First up is Fathers’ Day this coming Sunday, when we all have the chance to thank the down trodden and neglected Fathers for their selfless self sacrifice, both financially and emotionally, in their oft derided efforts to produce well rounded off spring. For them, we offer 10% off our ever popular House Selection as well as a range of House Selection gifts. Next up is Royal Ascot. So what better than 10% off our Royal Oscietra.... Read More

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Brexit Caviar Crisis?

Despite all the Brexit talk, no one in the press seems to have covered the important issue of what will happen to caviar supplies come April 2019. At present, importing caviar from within the EU could not be easier. We place an order with the producer and they send it to us – no problem at all. Importing caviar from outside the EU is not so easy. We need to obtain a CITES import licence which costs £70 and can take up to 6 weeks. The supplier needs to supply... 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

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Autumn Offers from Caspian Caviar

10% OFF HOUSE SELECTION As the nights draw in and the dark of autumn begins to envelop us, here is a little offer to keep that summer warmth aglow – 10% off our ever popular House Selection. The small dark eggs are packed with flavour and it has been a customer favourite since we introduced it about 5 years ago. To make things even better, we have added various of our House Gifts to the offer. The offer will run until the 1st October. NEW CHOCOLATES We have changed our... 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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Glorious Caviar Offers for August

10% OFF ROYAL BELUGA , CASPIAN GOLD & KETA The heather is in bloom already and soon the Chosen Ones will be heading north on the great August migration. To help your August to be Glorious, we have put our Beluga on offer – what could be better in the Lodge, or what could make a better “Thank you”? In case you havent tried it, we have also put our Caspian Gold on offer, for no better reason than it begins with G:- Glorious Gold. It is from a hybrid... 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

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July Caviar Tasting No2

The second caviar that we have tasted this month was a Baerii caviar from France. Baerii is better known as Siberian Sturgeon and it is still found in the rivers of Siberia. However, it has become the staple of the caviar farming industry as it matures relatively quickly and can produce very good caviar. Typically, it is a dark caviar with medium sized eggs and a good flavour at the front of the mouth, but with little lingering flavour at the back. Some examples can be rather bland. How was... Read More