Blue Pool and Shigoku Take Best Oysters Prize

Nov 17, 2015

Oyster Showcase Results

 

At the North American Oyster Showcase last week, a truly impressive panel of hardcore oysterheads convened for what is to date the most thorough and inclusive blind tasting of oysters ever. There were chefs and other experts from the West Coast, Gulf Coast, and East Coast. The results, as you can see on the board above, are fascinating food for thought. My takeaways are below, but first, here are the results again in descending order:

Rank 

Oyster

Score

State

1

Blue Pool

93

WA

2

Shigoku

92

WA

3

Kusshi

89

BC

4

Totten Inlet

86

WA

5

Isle Douphines

86

AL

6

Murder PT.

85

AL

7

Point Aux Pins

84

AL

8

Kumamoto

82

WA

9

13 mile Oysters

82

FL

10

Champagne Bay

82

LA

11

Coast Kumos

79

CA

12

Beauregard Island

79

LA

13

Island Creek

79

MA

14

Hog Island Sweetwater

78

CA

15

Sewanscott

78

VA

16

Moonstone

77

RI

17

Matunuck

76

RI

18

Snowhill

76

VA

19

Fanny Bay

75

BC

20

Raspberry Point

71

PEI

21

Moon Shoal

71

MA

22

Single Lady

71

SC

23

East Beach Blond

70

RI

24

Kumiai

64

Baja CA

25

Misty Points

61

VA

26

Rappahannock River

58

VA

What I take away from this:

–The Pacific Northwest destroyed everyone else, despite the fact that the panel was heavy on Gulf/Southeast folks. Blue Pools, Shigokus, Kusshis, and TIVs are all extraordinary oysters, and no one can ever argue with that again.

–The top three were all intensely tumbled oysters. That’s where it’s at, folks.

–Alabama, having swept the next three spots, is now officially on the map. They are making superb oysters down there, and if you haven’t tried any yet, you are missing out big time.

–Not a good day for the East Coast, neither Virginia or Northeast. This should be a good time of year for them, too.

–The two Kumamotos did surprisingly poorly, proving once again that they are contrary oysters, good when others are not and vice versa.

–Let’s all say it together now: Blue Pools, best oyster in America until proven otherwise. (And Shigokus will be gunning to do just that, I’m sure.)

–This all whets my palate for more ratings controversy, so please head over to Oysterater and weigh in on any of these that you’ve had, as well as other gems overlooked here!

–Can’t wait for next year’s tasting! Count me in!

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