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Oscietra Caviar

Caviar Samples: Quality is Key!

It sounds perfectly obvious, doesnt it? However, it is strange how many people think that they can provide a poor quality caviar sample, then persuade us to buy their rubbish product. This is a skill that is often demonstrated by those strange “Agents” trying to peddle “best quality Iranian caviar” who normally pretend that they have their own farm , always on the Caspian Sea, when it is obvious that they do not. The other day, one such individual turned up unannounced and delivered a sample of the aforementioned “best... Read More

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20th BIRTHDAY FOR CASPIAN CAVIAR – 20% OFF FOR YOU This Friday, 1st May, is a big day for us as it is the 20th anniversary of the creation of Caspian Caviar. It was that long ago, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, that Simon returned from Azerbaijan with a heap of caviar from the Caspian Sea. Caspian Caviar was born – a pioneering internet-only caviar retailer. It seems normal now, but back then it was pretty cutting edge! Since then, of course, we have seen many changes in... Read More

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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

Another October Caviar Tasting

Another week, another caviar tasting – woe is me! This time we started with a French Baerii, moving on to a couple of Belugas, before checking our Royal Oscietra to make sure it was still up to the mark. The Baerii caviar looked OK and tasted good, although some tasters found it a little soft. The general consensus was that it was good, but not as good as our current stock of Baerii. Then it was the turn of the Beluga caviar (Huso Huso), which was interesting as both samples... 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

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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

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

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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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Offers for Russia

10% OFF SIBIRSKYE & OSCIETRA CAVIAR Its coming home, its coming home, Sibirskye’s coming home! I dont suppose that you thought for one moment that I could pass up the opportunity to link that rather exciting kick about in Russia with an offer for some caviar. Our Sibirskye would seem the ideal candidate as it is produced by the Siberian Sturgeon. “Sibirskye” is Russian for Siberian – cant get much more Russian than that! But then again, Oscietra caviar comes from the Gueldenstaedtii sturgeon. As most people cant pronounce it,... Read More