Imperial or “Golden” Osetra caviar is a rare variety which used to be exclusively reserved for the czars of Russia. It is produced from the most mature Ocetra Sturgeon. At that point, the eggs change to a pale golden colour and the flavour becomes smooth, creamy, and delicate. With its medium sized grains and firm texture, Imperial Caviar is the connoisseur’s favourite caviar for its excellent taste and quality.
Osetra (also Oscietra, Ossetra, or Asetra) caviar, is one of the most prized and expensive types of caviar, (eclipsed in price only by Beluga caviar). It is obtained from Ossetra sturgeon which weighs 50-400 pounds and can live up to 50 years.
Osetra caviar varies in color, from deep brown to gold. Lighter varieties are more sought after, as they have the richest flavor and come from the oldest of sturgeon. Golden Osetra is a rare form of Osetra caviar, and is golden-yellow in color with a very rich flavor.
The word Osetra is the transcription of the Russian word “осётр” (“осeтр”) which translates into English as sturgeon. At one time the term “ossetra” simply referred to Russian sturgeon species harvested for this type of caviar