The Mass-Maine Special Sampler ( 50 ICOs + 50 Mookie Blues)


Massachusetts or Maine - Why Pick? Get Both!

{Includes: 50 Mookie Blues + 50 Island Creeks}

Island Creek Oysters:

Farmer:  Skip Bennett (Founder of Island Creek Oysters) and a group of Duxbury growers

Location: Duxbury, Massachusetts

Size: 2.5", round cup, consistent cull

Farming Technique: Island Creeks are nurtured in our hatchery for 3 months, grown in floating upwellers for 3 months, then rack and bag system for 3 months. For the last 12 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 5.5 out of 10 with lots of brine - more "brine" than straight salt

Flavor Notes: Quintessential East Coast oyster, salt at the front, sweet on the finish. Perfectly balanced. These will slap you across the face with complexity!

Mookie Blues:

Farmer:  Bill Mook

Location: Damariscotta River, Maine

Size: 2.75", round, deep cup

Farming Technique: Mookie Blues are grown in floating "Oystergro" cages. The cages can be sunk in the winter to avoid ice.

Unique Factor: Bill Mook runs a hatchery, one of the few in New England. They are in control of the entire grow-out process --- as they say, “from petri dish to dinner plate”! Mook Seafarms has been in business for about 32 years and is a strong leader in the industry.

Salinity:  We'd give these a 8 out of 10 (a bit saltier than the Island Creeks) 

Flavor Notes: A strong salty start the eases into a noticeably bready, sweet cucumber finish.

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