After dipping into our first jar of Russian caviar last month, I was curious to try out the other offerings from my Russian supplier. When I had the idea of bringing a nice tin of premium caviar to Last Minute Uncle as a gift on my trip back home last weekend, I decided to get some for myself, too. I wanted to do a side-by-side tasting and see what the difference was... besides the price, that is.
I was due to visit my godson Bear today, and as I know Babu is a big fan of caviar - and had in fact ordered a bunch of it from my Russian supplier - I figured I'd bring the good stuff over along with a bottle of bubbly. After all, weekend afternoons are the best time to enjoy this!
Russian malossol oscietra caviar - the control sample, the same type we had last month. Unfortunately some of the eggs had burst, maybe due to temperature changes during transport.
Russian golden oscietra caviar - the luxurious harvest, and certainly the most I've ever paid for caviar. A rare treat that came at about 3 times the price of the regular, low-salt oscietra.
We brought along some Japanese milk toast, which we lighted toasted, and spread some unsalted Beurre d'Isigny on top to go along with the caviar.
Tradition dictates that one washes down sturgeon caviar with Champagne, and as the caviar was much better today, so the bubbly also needed to be upgraded compared to the last session. But on second thought, maybe I should have popped open a bottle of Cristal to hark back to the days of Imperial Russia...
A decadent "afternoon tea", for sure, but it was my way of showing Babu and Mrs. Tigger how much I missed them.