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I've sold cars & real estate, harvested vegetables, owned a service station and a men's wear store. I'm a boiler-maker-welder by trade and I've built a raced speedway cars . . . . but none of that comes close to the excitement and challenge of nurturing the perfect oyster in the bone-snapping cold, wet and wild waters of Tasmania.

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I've been patiently developing a unique farming technique; I've failed more often than I care to remember and after some 300 odd years of blood, sweat and tears, I've finally nailed it.

The hard-fought knowledge and meticulous craftsmanship invested, and the precious, exclusive provenance of these oysters is the culmination of my life's work.

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I've been handing this over to the next generation - my son Josh, nephew Jarrod and our other farm managers are now the custodians of my long held and tightly guarded secrets.

What we've done is develop oysters of unrivaled elegance; a silky-smooth texture and complex richness that I've never experienced in oysters anywhere else in the world.

this is my reserve.

 
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duck bay

Immediately there is a pronounced saltiness on the front of the palate resulting from the huge water exchange of Bass Strait through the farm. This is immediately found by a lingering sweetness and organic, earthy umami with flavours of seagrass, crunchy melon & cucumber finishing out the taste experience. Smithton oysters typically have a very pleasing resistance and soft squeakiness to the bite which moves quickly through a luxuriously silky, smooth and clean texture.

umami

low

medium

full

3.9

saltiness

minimal

moderate

strong

3.7

texture

clean

smooth

silky elegance

4.1

finish

organic

seagrass

mineral

2.4

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pipeclay lagoon

A moderate saltiness begins the taste experience for the Pipeclay Lagoon oyster and is followed quickly with a short burst of sweetness before evolving to a soft granite/slate and organic umami with a clear, bright seaweed, spinach and faint melon finish. Typically, Pipeclay oysters exhibit mild resistance and soft squeakiness to the tooth before moving through to a satiny, silkiness of texture that rounds out the experience.

umami

low

medium

full

3.7

saltiness

minimal

moderate

strong

3.0

texture

clean

smooth

silky elegance

3.5

finish

organic

seagrass

mineral

2.1

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pittwater

A very mild level of saltiness contrasts distinctly with the high-level of sweetness coming through on the front of the palate in the Pittwater oyster. An almost indiscernible bitterness balances the sweetness in the mouth; combining to deliver a full umami experience in the first few seconds of tasting this oyster. With a pliant softness and tenderness, the texture is smooth and silky with a mildly earthy and organic finish with hints of green melons, seagrass and cucumber.

umami

low

medium

full

4.0

saltiness

minimal

moderate

strong

2.6

texture

clean

smooth

silky elegance

3.8

finish

organic

seagrass

mineral

2.3

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boomer bay

A very mild level of saltiness leads into a very sweet coming through on the front of the palate in the Boomer Bay oyster. A little bitterness on the back of the palate is balanced by the sweetness in the front, combining to deliver a lovely umami balance in the first few seconds of tasting this oyster. With a gentle silky smooth texture, the Boomer Bay oysters reveal a mildly earthy and organic finish with melons, seaweed and crunchy green cucumber.

umami

low

medium

full

4.1

saltiness

minimal

moderate

strong

2.6

texture

clean

smooth

silky elegance

4.2

finish

organic

seagrass

mineral

2.1