4 Tips to Make You an Expert Olive Oil Taster
Just like wine tasting, olive oil tasting is a special skill. Olive oils have a wide range of flavors determined by the type of olive used, the ripeness of that olive, how that olive was grown and how the oil is stored.
Tasting olive oils before buying is important in determining exactly what you’ll use it for at home. That is why we’ve seen up our shop to be a tasting room. We’re even named after the act of tasting. “Strippaggio” is the term used to describe the slurping noise made when you taste oil.
You asked, and we happily answered. We are now offering classes to learn how to Strippaggio! Join us for our next class on February 18th from 6:30 to 7:30pm. In the meantime, these tips should help you get started:
The first thing a taster wants to do is smell the oil to determine if there are any sensory defects. The oil should smell like fresh olives or fresh cut grass.
Taste the oil by taking a small amount into your mouth and sucking in air, (Strippaggio) so that you can taste all of the flavor nuances of the oil. Flavor profiles range from mild and buttery to very pungent, grassy and peppery.
Keep notes of the flavor profiles of the oils tasted. If tasting more than 4 oils, you will lose track of the various flavor profiles.
After tasting the oils, try tasting again with various food items such as bread, tomato, and salad greens. It’s amazing how different the oils will taste when paired with food!
Curious about what classifies olive oil as Extra Virgin? Wonder what “cold pressed” means? Our olive oil tasting classes, led by Celia Tully, will teach you the many fascinating facets of the world of extra virgin olive oil. Learn about the thousands of olive cultivars available worldwide that yield varying flavor profiles of the finished product. Delve into the growing, harvesting and milling techniques that results in a high quality extra virgin olive oil. After walking attendees though the details of producing extra virgin olive oil and tasting several varieties, simple food pairings will be explored. Attendees will leave with a basic knowledge of the intricacies of the world of extra virgin olive oil and receive a 10% discount on purchases made the evening of the class will be extended.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for our February 18th class.
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