The Damn Yankee Sampler is a great way to try out a few different varieties at once! It contains 3 dozen oysters - a dozen of each of the following varieties:
(12) Island Creeks
Farmer: Skip Bennett (Founder of Island Creek Oysters) and a small group of Duxbury growers
Location: Duxbury, MA
Size: Full cups on the smaller side, with some shape variance due to their natural grow-out process (see below).
Farming Technique: Island Creeks are nurtured in our hatchery for three months, grown in floating upwellers for three months, and put in a rack and bag system for three months. For the last twelve months of the grow-out process, they are bottom planted "free range" on the mud flats of Duxbury Bay.
Unique Factor: Duxbury Bay has drastic 12 foot tides, which brings lots of new water loaded with food (algae) into the Bay, giving the oysters their unique, complex flavor.
Salinity: We'd give these a 6 out of 10 with lots of brine - brine being salt's earthy, more full flavored cousin.
Flavor Notes: The quintessential East Coast oyster experience. With a highly segmented flavor profile, strong salinity up front gives way to vegetal, buttery richness and a long sweet finish. It doesn't get any better than this. These complex flavors are attributed to a life spent on the ocean floor, dug into the mineral rich mud of Duxbury Bay.
Farmer: Barbara and Clint Austin, Mike Devasto and a handful of other growers
Location: Wellfleet, MA
Size: A perfectly petite oyster from Wellfleet Ma
Farming Technique: Grown at the mouth of a creek running from a salt pond, these oysters are placed in bags on racks on the bottom for grow-out. Combined with big, fast moving tides this provides a crisp and clean shot of ocean in every swig.
Unique Factor: Wellfleet is a famous oyster town; however, there are nearly a hundred small growers in Wellfleet and their oysters span the full gamut in terms of quality and taste. Wellfleets are the best at providing an esteemed, notorious and classic New England oyster experience. They are a standby on any oyster platter--like the ex that you just keep coming back to time and again. They never get old.
Salinity: Wellfleets are well known for their high salinity and their clean, simple finish.
Flavor Notes: High salt, briny splash of crisp mineral water.
(12) Spring Creeks
Farmer: Scott and Tina Laurie
Location: Barnstable, MA
Size: These is a regular sized oyster - right around 3", bigger than the others in this sampler.
How They’re Grown: Like many Barnstable oysters, the Spring Creeks are grown in trays, suspended above the mud flat where they live. They are tumbled at various points in the grow-out process to promote their nice deep cup and round shape.
Unique Factor: Scott Laurie got his start fishing for king crab in Alaska - the guy's a legend. He moved onto shellfishing on Cape Cod —digging hardshells and farming steamers—and then moved into oysters about seven years ago. Man, are we glad he did. Not only does he put out some excellent ‘sters, but both his wife Tina and his son have farms as well, so the Spring Creeks are consistent and family grown.
Salinity: Spring Creeks, though not without their brine, will be less salty than wellfleets and less briny than Island Creeks.
Flavor Notes: Balanced Complex and Sweet
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