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Olive oil taste test (did you know there are hundreds of different flavors?)

Posted at 1:44 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 15:44:45-05

Chef Josh Garcia takes Britt through an olive oil taste test. He says it's important to remember the 4 S's:

Swirl: This releases the oil`s aroma molecules. Keep the oil covered until ready to sniff.
Sniff: Uncover the oil and quickly inhale from the rim of the cup. Take note of the intensity and the description of the aroma.
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. You should take note of the *retro-nasal aroma as well as the intensity of bitterness.
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. If the oil makes your throat scratchy or makes you want to cough, it is a pungent oil.
*Our taste buds discern only 5 flavors - salt, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami. All other flavor sensations come from retro-nasal aroma, which is the smell of the food while it is in our mouths.

How to Host an Olive Oil Tasting Party
• Select your olive oils. It`s important to choose different styles of EVOO to showcase the possibilities. We think four is a good number and we recommend selecting a delicate and mild oil, a few medium-bodied, fruity oils and a robust and pungent olive oil. Any of our expert staff at your local We Olive can help you with your selections.
• Choose the foods you will serve with your EVOO. After your guests have tasted the olive oils (using the 4 S`s of course!), they`ll want to try the oils on different foods. We like setting up a DIY crostini bar with soft cheeses, like ricotta and goat cheese, prepared tapenades and spreads, roasted veggies and fresh or dried fruits. Don`t forget some the Aged Balsamic Vinegar! Add a cheese and charcuterie board and a simple salad and you`re good to go!
• Make sure your setup is user-friendly. Provide small disposable tasting cups and plates for tasting olive oil. Olive oil drips are a job hazard for us, but your party guests may not have the same affinity for oil stains as we do.
• Consider a wine pairing. If you`ll be serving wine, think about choosing wines that complement the flavors of the olive oil. Use this handy-dandy guide to make your choices.
Get some delicious extra virgin olive oil and start tasting today!

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