How To Taste Olive Oil

From the time we plant our olive trees, each step in the process of making the oil will affect the final taste. Most notably including the variety of olive, time of harvest, climate, farming methods, handling, and the production process itself.

When tasting olive oil, it is important to also utilize your sense of smell in order to truly evaluate the organoleptic properties of the oil. Keep in mind that in order to experience all aspects of the oil, the aroma is just as significant and revealing as the actual taste.

a. First, cover and swirl a small amount of the oil in a wine glass. As this will release the oil’s aroma, you want to inhale deeply through your nose. Depending on the ripeness of the fruit when it was picked, you may smell hints of fresh greens or fruitiness.

b. Then slurp some of the olive oil so that you simultaneously take in air. This allows the oil to easily spread so you can taste throughout the entire mouth and tongue.

c. When you swallow some of the oil, you will be able to judge the pungency (peppery sensation). The more tingling you feel in the back of your throat, the more pungent the olive oil. The pungency and bitterness of olive oils can be acquired tastes.

d. Lastly, use the olive oil on your favorite dish and see it really come alive.