What are the taste profiles and how to pick one that works for you?
The taste profile is based on the attributes of the oil. Is it smooth or robust? Does it have a defined peppery finish? Does it have an asparagus or fruity or grassy aroma?
We taste the oil in 4 parts:
There is also the texture to consider: Full bodied, creamy, smooth...
When you hear green finish, or spicy finish,it means the flavour at the very end of tasting.
Some general terms you can use to find your perfect olive oil:
BUTTERY: creamy, smooth sensation on the palate.
FRESH: good aroma, fruity or green.
ROUND: a balanced, mouth-filling sensation of harmonious flavours.
BITTER: considered a positive attribute because it is indicative of fresh olive fruit.
PEPPERY: stinging sensation in the throat, which can force a cough.
NUTTY: an almond or walnut flavour.
SPICY: aroma/flavour of seasonings such as cinnamon, allspice.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine which olive oil you prefer?
Remember there is no right or wrong answer, only a personal preference.
A lot of olive oils are made out of a blend of olives. The oil made out of one variety is called monovarietal, or monocultivar olive oil. Blends are crafted using oils from two or more cultivars. The producers will identify which varieties they used in a blend.
Blends are usually more layered in terms of the profile. They have a much stronger flavour and a richer taste. Monovarietals have more of one delicious flavour, but your mouth will taste the different components as it travels from the front to the back of your palate.
Finding your personal favourite olive oil is like finding a staple fragrant - it’s yours for life.
Here are our different categories of EVOO:
Use olive oil instead of butter on your popcorn. Choose a buttery, smooth kind for that rich texture. Drizzle evenly, and add salt, paprika or your favourite seasoning (I love shichimi togarashi for it’s crunchy, spicy flavour). If you like truffle, mix a bit of truffle oil with olive oil before putting it on the popcorn. Enjoy the best homemade popcorn of your life!
How to tell if your olive oil is rancid?
To determine if the oil expired - sniff it. You’ll notice a very unpleasant smell of an old oil right out of the bottle—like crayons or putty or old peanuts. If you smell or taste musty, vinegary, metallic flavours then it is time to replace it. But don’t throw it away - use it as a polish oil for your wooden furniture.