Olive oil tasting

We are not sure if it is common practice to stock up on food, but it sure is for us. Every time one goes shopping one might as well buy an additional bottle of olive oil for example. After doing this a few times we have now reached a total of six different types of extra virgin olive oil, so we thought why not have a tasting and compare them?

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Some of the olive oils ready for the tasting.

Olive oil tasting framework

To have some kind of framework to compare the six varieties with we decided to use six different dimension, each of which we would rate the oils on a scale from 1-5. We made sure to rate them independently from each other and then added our collective score to form our final score of the oil in each of the categories. The categories that we decided to use were:

  • Fruitiness
  • Bitterness
  • Pepperiness
  • Mildness
  • Strength
  • Nuttiness
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The olive oil line up.

The tasting results

For the tasting we poured a bit of oil into a spoon and then tasted each one of them and rated them according to the parameters described above. The results are, starting from the left in the picture above:

Oil Fruitiness Bitterness Pepperiness Mildness Strength Nuttiness
Itigo 9 3 4 6 4 3
Monini 6 5 6 4 6 7
Urtekram 3 7 4 8 4 6
Herdade do Esporão 7 6 8 3 9 8
Kalamata olive oil 7 5 7 3 7 8
Olvia 7 5 7 5 6 6

It was an interesting experience to try to characterize the different oils, they are all very different and therefore good for different occasions. The Herdade do Esparto was possibly the one that felt most like a luxurious oil, but was not necessarily the best tasting one. Depending on what you like for the day one could definitely argue that all the six varieties might come in handy. We will probably try to keep a few different oils in the pantry, but maybe not as many as six… There are a few varieties in the store that we have yet to try though, so we will probably try them before buying the ones above again.

Enjoy the wonders of good food!

Cecilia & Magnus

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