Do You Know How to Taste Olive Oil?

ABC 4 | WE OLIVE | DECEMBER 22, 2016

VIDEO: Do You Know How to Taste Olive Oil?

ARTICLE: by Tiffany Gulden


By: Tiffany Gulden | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 10:56 AM MST | Updated: Dec 22, 2016 11:53 AM MST

The best way to discover an oil's flavor is to sip it "neat" - meaning on its own without bread or other food.  This will allow you to savor the oil's flavor without distraction.

Chef Josh Garcia, co-owner of We Olive in Trolley Square joined Midday to talk all about olive oil.

He suggests the 4 S's when tasting.

  1. Swirl: This releases the oil's aroma molecules.  Keep the oil covered until ready to sniff.
  2. Sniff: Uncover the oil and quickly inhale from the rim of the cup.  Take note of the intensity and the description of the aroma.
  3. Slurp: Take a small sip of the oil while also "sipping" some air.  This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps to spread it throughout your mouth.
  4. Swallow: An oil's pungency is judged by a sensation in your throat so you must swallow at least a small amount to thoroughly evaluate it.

Chef Garcia also talked about how to host an olive oil tasting party.

First, select your olive oils.  It's important to choose different styles of EVOO to showcase the possibilities.  Chef Garcia recommends selecting a delicate and mild oil, a few medium bodied, fruity oils, and a robust and pungent olive oil. Any of their expert staff at We Olive can help with your selections.

Second, choose the foods you will serve with your EVOO.  After your guests have tasted the olive oils, they'll want to try the oils on different foods.  Consider setting up a DIY crostini bar with soft cheese, like ricotta and goat cheese, prepared tapenades and spreads, roasted veggies and fresh or dried fruits.  Don't forget some of the Aged Balsamic Vinegar! 

Third, make sure your setup is user-friendly.  Provide small disposable tasting cups and plates for tasting olive oil. 

Fourth, consider a wine pairing.  If you'll be serving wine, think about choosing wines that compliment the flavors of the olive oil. 

Get some delicious extra virgin olive oil and start tasting today!

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