Alaska Gold Oyster Flavor Profile
Alaska Gold Oysters are cultivated in the pristine waters of Heceta Island, a remote uninhabited island in South Eastern Alaska near Prince of Wales Island. Owner Mike Sheets Jr. is among a handful of pioneering Alaskan oyster farmers who believe that their uniquely pristine products will be the future of shellfish production in the US.Alaska Gold oysters are a suspension cultivated oyster, which means they never come in contact with the sandy/muddy ocean floor. Instead, they remain suspended above the bottom, feeding off the nutrient rich waters of the region. Like the Kusshi oyster, they are also tumbled on a regular basis, though I think it is less frequently than the Kusshi because the Alaska Gold shells are more delicate. This tumbling technique gives the oysters a unique manicured look, with a consistent tear-drop shape and very deep cups.
Remaining true to their cultivation method, Alaska Gold oysters have very deep cups with an amazing amount of liquor. They have clean, sweet meats with a hint of mineral and a high salinity…a pleasure to eat!
|Alaska Gold Oyster|
|Location||Near Prince of Wales Island, South East Alaska|
|Species||Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)|
|Size||up to 3″|
|Oyster Cultivation||Suspension Tray; Tumbled|
|Oyster Flavor Profile||Alaska Gold oysters have very deep cups with an amazing amount of liquor. They have clean, sweet meats with a hint of mineral and a high salinity.|