Team Tasting Thursday: How We Test Our Oils Vs. The Competition

We’re kind of obsessed with how our extra virgin olive oils taste with different foods – cakes, dressings, drizzled atop grilled veggies, you name it. We also want to know how our oils stack up against oils from other producers worldwide. So we’ve developed a blind tasting system for doing so:  “Team Tasting Thursday” – … Read more

How To Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil Like A Pro

A few years ago our friend Nancy Ash told us people gave her a “funny look” when she told them how she made a living. Basically, Nancy spends a lot of time slurping olive oil and biting into slices of tart green apple. We asked her recently if people still give her the occasional odd … Read more

Tasting Notes For Our 2014 California Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Our new 2014 extra virgin olive oils should begin appearing on store shelves over the next few months – although their  exact availability at a particular store will depend. You’ll recall we had a bumper olive crop last fall. And the quality of the oil is excellent, thanks to good weather and growing conditions. We … Read more

Olive Oil Primer: A Glossary of EVOO Tasting Terms

Wine connoisseurs have their own vocabulary to describe a wine. They might use the words chewy, jammy, or (hopefully not) flabby and corked. In the extra virgin olive oil business we have our own sometimes colorful vocabulary to describe an EVOO’s taste: fruity, pungent, fusty, and musty. Here’s a glossary of EVOO tasting terms, grouped … Read more

Olive Oil Primer: How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Nancy Ash says people give her a “funny look” when she tells them what she does for a living. She spends a lot of time slurping olive oil and biting into slices of tart green apple. “I’m an olive oil taster,” says Nancy. As a trained taster and owner of the consulting firm Strictly Olive … Read more

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