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Great Taste Triumphs At Boisdale & Wright Brothers Oyster Tasting Championship 2011

Posted on Nov 7, 2011
Great Taste Triumphs At Boisdale & Wright Brothers Oyster Tasting Championship 2011

After a day of judg­ing with 585 oys­ters shucked over the two vari­eties of oys­ter tast­ed and 13 pro­duc­ers rep­re­sent­ed in front of 15 aca­d­e­m­ic judges, the results are final­ly in from the inau­gur­al Bois­dale & Wright Broth­ers Oys­ter Tast­ing Cham­pi­onship 2011.

Poole, Dorset sup­plied byDorset Oys­ters in the Rock cat­e­go­ry and Loch Ryan sup­plied byRoss­more Oys­tersin the Native took the gold medals at the event held at Bois­dale of Canary Wharf in asso­ci­a­tion with Cham­pagne G.H. Mumm on Fri­day Novem­ber 4, 2011 but the day was a tri­umph for the British Isles’ oys­ter indus­try as a whole.

The oys­ter tast­ing turned out to be even more thrilling than we had hoped,” says Bois­dale founder and own­er Ranald Mac­don­ald. The qual­i­ty was incred­i­bly high and even the judges were astound­ed by the vari­ety of oys­ters on offer. The days of peo­ple order­ing half a dozen oys­ters’ are long gone; now the dis­cern­ing shell­fish lover wants to talk about a giv­en oyster’s flavour pro­file, its prove­nance and pro­duc­tion. Peo­ple now know their Mal­dons from their West Merseas, their Colch­esters from their Cale­do­nians. At Bois­dale, we are find­ing more and more din­ers are com­fort­able tast­ing and talk­ing about oys­ters just as they would wine.”

After a rig­or­ous and nail-bit­ing blind tast­ing, the judg­ing pan­el select­ed oys­ters for the top award as well as sil­ver and bronze in both cat­e­gories. The judges marked the oys­ters on appear­ance i.e. meat-to-shell ratio, flavour & minerality. 

Win­ners:

Rock Cat­e­go­ry:

Gold – Poole, Dorset sup­plied by Dorset Oys­ters

Sil­ver – Mal­don Rock sup­plied byMal­don Oysters

Bronze – Port­land sup­plied byFleet Oys­ter Farm, Dorset

Native Cat­e­go­ry:

Gold – Loch Ryan sup­plied by Ross­more Oysters

Sil­ver – Duchy of Corn­wall sup­plied by Wright Broth­ers

Bronze – Mal­don sup­plied by Mal­don Oysters

The Judg­ing Panel:

Joe War­wick, Tom Park­er-Bowles, Dai Fran­cis, Robin Han­cock, Lucas Holl­weg, Trevor Gul­liv­er, Dominic Prince, Richard Hard­en, Bill Knott, Ranald Mac­don­ald, Nic­ki Ker­man, David Loewi, Dou­glas Blyde, Hen­ry Deedes and Nina Caplan.

Oys­ter lovers can taste all the oys­ters with podi­um places on Boisdale’s Six Medal Plate’ avail­able at all Bois­dale and Wright Broth­ers Soho restau­rants in Lon­don for the dura­tion of the Bois­dale and Wright Broth­ers Oys­ter Fes­ti­val. To ensure that as many as peo­ple as pos­si­ble have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to taste these spec­tac­u­lar oys­ters, Bois­dale and Wright Broth­ers will be offer­ing them at half price Mon­day to Fri­day dur­ing the fes­ti­val at Crazy Hour’ from 5pm to 6pm. (Please note that there will be a lim­it of 84 oys­ters per cus­tomer per Crazy Hour’.)

The Oys­ter Fes­ti­val takes place from Novem­ber 8th to Decem­ber 1st at Boisale of Bel­gravia, Bois­dale of Bish­ops­gate and Bois­dale of Canary Wharf and at Wright Broth­ers Soho.