How to taste

The Importance of Tasting

Tasting olive oil, as opposed to just cooking with it, means that you can appreciate the differences in olive oils and better understand what olive oils to choose and use.
You also learn what oils you like and don’t like and, more importantly, why.
Like fine wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a unique product of soil, climate, fruit variety, harvesting method and processing technique: all these factors influence the final taste of the oil.

The tasting process is used to assess the basic characteristics of olive oils.
A good oil will have all these flavour components in balance:

Fruity
fresh olives, picked at the peak of their ripeness
Green
leaves / grassy
Sweet
gentle, graceful taste or aroma, but not sugary
Bitter
describes the taste of green olives or olives turning colour.
Pungent
peppery finish of the oil

Note: bitter is a positive attribute.

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