Caviar, the so-called authentic stuff coming from wild caught sturgeon, going by the name Beluga, Osetra or Sevruga are like certain wines in many ways.
So what did I find? First off, kudos to Marky’s for making the ordering easy, and delivering a well-packed assortment of Caviars on time. I don’t have a scale in the office but it’s worth pointing out that many of the tins I purchased were overflowing with caviar, which was a pleasant surprise as well.
Salmon Roe - $21 per 7 ounces
Large, plump orange grains with a sweet salmon aroma. Crisp, with grains that pop in the mouth delivering a creamy, sweet fish flavor that finishes very clean and fresh.
This is a fine all-purpose caviar that delivers a nice caviar experience but with flavors that are more fish driven. Great for crowds, pastas, and with cream cheese on a bagel!
America's Pride Golden Herring - $48 per 7 ounces
Medium sized black-grey, slightly oval grains with a bit of a dirty, milky texture. Loose in the mouth with a bit of a smoky, smoked fish flavor that seems a bit neutral. Flavors are lacking some of the brininess one expects from caviar.
Pleasant, but this needs something like pasta or perhaps a cream sauce. Use with a seafood dish to help dilute and carry the intense smoky flavor that obscured much of the caviar's flavor when this was served on its own.
American Bowfin - $69 per 7 ounces
Small, black, fine-grained, clear, adhesive. Herbal, sweet, almost licorice notes add to a fresh brininess on the nose. Adhesive in the mouth, fine grains are really quite sticky and pop very gently in the mouth and the palate, but they do offer lovely flavors. A lingering salty, briny aftertaste, with a hint of something bitter and vegetal on the finish.
A bit too salty on it’s own, this is a classic caviar for pairing with crème fraiche and blinis. The texture leaves a little to be desired but the flavors are wonderful and assertive.
American Paddlefish - $140 per 7 ounces
Medium, separate, grey-black grains. Very clean, fresh, salty aroma. Soft, creamy texture, real depth of flavor, complex, long, salty and savory. Lacks pop in the mouth but intensely flavored and delicious with a very soft, rather luxurious texture.
This deserves to be served quite simply. It’s plenty creamy, so just simple toast points would be a perfect way to enjoy this luxurious, intensely flavored caviar.
Hackleback - $152 per 7 ounces
Small, black, clear grains, sweet and fresh. Very distinct grains that pop nicely in the mouth delivering very fresh flavors. Saline and sweet, and a little creamy on the back end, with a long, sweet/briny finish. Really top notch caviar and totally delicious.
This is the best domestic caviar I’ve had, just gorgeous with fine, crisp distinct grains in the mouth and a rich, sweet and gently briny flavor that is persistent on the palate without any lingering bitterness or off flavors. This is what those mother of pearl spoons can be used for.
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