Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
May 262011

In the articles Is It Tasty? Attributes and Defects in EVOO and Tips For Holding an At Home EVOO Taste Test I told you about the sensory delights and defects you would be looking for when tasting olive oil and how to conduct an Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test in your own home. Now it’s time to use the two senses you don’t use when taste testing olive oil: sight and sound. I reviewed several fine videos and found three I thought you might like to watch.

The first is Bill Sanders of Crush and Press showing “The Correct Way to Test Olive Oil”. In the second we’ll take a trip to Mouriès in the valley of Baux-de-Provence, France for an “Olive Oil Tasting at the Moulin Saint-Michel”. Finally, Jill Lee for Pottery Barn is at the McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, California. Jill shows us “How to Taste Test Olive Oil and How to Entertain at Home with Olive Oil”.

I recommend you watch all three. Note the sensory similarities and differences among the oils tested in the three videos. I thought one of the similarities was very interesting since it’s not a common food item and I can’t even remember what it tastes like. See what foods you can serve when you have your first Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taste Test at home. Jill Lee keeps it simple but delicious. Take note in the French video what is said about ripeness and taste.

I hope you enjoy the videos. Learning about olive oil taste testing is interesting and fun.

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