These pearls of the sea are nuanced, invite inspection and thought, and now cost too much to be enjoyed by mere mortals like myself. But all is not lost. There are alternatives, and while some quite good, few can rival the best of the best.
Fortunately, the best of the rest are awfully good and cost a fraction of what the top flight caviars are running these days. Paying a lot for caviar frankly is a bit of a fool’s errand. Caviar is fish eggs, they are perishable, and are treated to salting and pressing processes. So unlike wine, every tin of Osetra or Beluga is not equivalent. Heck, sometimes they are not even alike.
I’ve made a big deal in the past about finding a reputable wine merchant to work with, and that goes double for perishable food items such as caviar. I recently splurged for samples of five domestic caviars from an outfit called Marky’s located in Florida. I’ve enjoyed some of their products in the past and have found their selection and pricing to be unmatched.
I have no affiliation with Marky’s and the entire order purchased for this article was paid for at standard retail pricing, just to get that out of the way.