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Olive Oil Tasting & Technique
Olive Oil Tasting Shops and Bars, Tasting Parties and The Olive Oil Tasting Process
One of the best ways to appreciate fresh olive oils is to taste them side by side and compare them with other olive oils.
Discover olive oil tasting rooms or Olive Oil Tasting Bars near you. Various specialty stores and wineries may also hold olive oil tasting parties or events.
Begin your quest by checking out How To Taste Olive Oil Like A Pro and contact your local gourmet food store, winery, or olive ranch and ask about Olive Oil Tasting events.
Olive Oil Tasting Bars and Shops
Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils are sourced from around the world and domestically from award winning producers to bring you only the freshest seasonal flavors bottled daily in olive oil specialty stores.
Olive oil tasting bars are popping up around the country - check to see if Olive Oil Tasting is available in your area!
Use this helpful EVOO Finder page to help locate your nearest Extra Virgin Olive Oil Shop.
California residents and visitors can enjoy Olive Oil Tasting in California's Wine Country.
Use these handy links to keep up-to-date on olive oil tasting news, recipes, events, and more...
Swirl, Smell, Slurp & Swallow
The olive oil tasting process is similar to wine tasting!
The Four S's of Olive Oil Tasting:
Swirl: First you swirl the oil. By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil's esters, which are the molecules that contain the aroma.
Smell or Sniff: Now inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil - is it intense or is it more subtle? The scent can also tell you if your oil is "fusty" or "musty" (made from olives that were starting to mold) which is a sign that it's not good.
Slurp: Sip the oil while "sipping" in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
Swallow: Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Take note of any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat. Olive oil can have many different bouquets including floral and sweet, vegetal and herbaceous, or even spicy and bold.
How To Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The Olive Oil Tasting Glass
The olive oil tasting glass is designed to cradle perfectly in your hand. The natural heat from your hand will gently warm the oil for tasting. The cobalt blue glass masks the color of the olive oil, preventing it from influencing the taster's assessment.
If you do not wish to purchase a special olive oil tasting glass, a wine glass or even a shot glass will work just fine for your own tasting evaluations.
Wine Glasses & Shot Glasses
Hosting an Olive Oil Tasting party at home? Wine glasses and shot glasses will work well for sampling olive oil. You'll need several bottles of high quality EVOO - perhaps an assortment from mild to bold. Flavored olive oils are also available, such as lemon and jalapeno. You'll need a very small amount for tasting purposes, about 1/2 tablespoon. Have water and bread ready also, in case someone needs to wash down one of the spicier samples.
Books All About Olive Oil
Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil (Kindle eBook)
Have you even brought home a great bottle of EVOO and wish you had other ideas for it other than mixing a salad dressing? With this great eBook you'll learn many other easy olive oil cooking and baking techniques!
Host Your Own Olive Oil Tasting Party!
Can't find a local tasting bar? Host your own olive oil tasting party!
How To Host An Olive Oil Tasting Party:
Emily over at JoyfulAbode has a great post about Hosting an Olive Oil Tasting Party
Pottery Barn describes How To Host An Olive Oil Tasting along with nice dishes and accessories too!
O&Co also provides great information about Olive Oil Tasting and Tasting Parties
and has assembled handy Olive Oil Assessment Sheets!
Olive Oil Tasting Kits:
Olio&Olive's Olive Oil Tasting Kit has five completely different hand-harvested extra virgin olive oils - different regions, different indigenous olives.
Become an olive oil expert in just a few minutes by watching this video and tasting 12 different samples that come with the kit! Enough for a tasting for 4 people, or for a bit of cooking-an innovative way to get the experience of being in our destination store-no matter where you are! Sample olive oils with this great Virtual Tour and Tasting Kit!
Or pick and choose from a variety of olive oils and create your own sampler pack with The Olive Oil Source Custom Eight Bottle Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sampler !!
Olive Themed Napkins & Cheese Spreaders
Olive Oil Tasting Party Table Decor Idea - Using Chalkboard Contact Paper!
I just love this idea found over at Rock Ur Party. This photo is from a wine tasting party, however I'm excited to use the same idea for an olive oil tasting party!
Just cut the chalkboard contact paper to fit your table, and then add your wording, art, etc!
If you make a mistake, simply erase!
Chalkboard Contact Paper & Chalk
Olive Oil Consumer Update
Olive Oil Growing in Popularity - Consumers Beware - This article reminds us that olive oil is perishable and should be consumed within 15 months of harvest. If you can't find a harvest date, look for a "best by" date. Olive oil should be stored where it is not exposed to light, such as in a cabinet or in a dark glass bottle.
Did you know that olive oil is the top food when it comes to fraud? Based on a 2011 study in the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists - the fraud can be anything from the substitution of Greek olive oil for Italian olive oil to the addition of cheaper oils such as corn, hazelnut and palm oil, and even the addition of food coloring.
Read more about Olive Oil Basics and what to watch for when choosing an olive oil.
Know your source and check the expiration date.
Happy tasting & thanks for visiting!