We love Olive Oil at our house.
I use it for everything - even things that aren't Italian -
like Quesadillas and popping corn over the stove :)
It just gives everything a fantastic flavor.
So I was really excited to receive a bottle from Carapelli of their
Extra Virgin Olive oil to taste test.
Did you know that Olive Oil Master Testers test olive oil
much like wine testers test wine?
I had no idea.
So it was fun to learn about how to properly taste olive oil
and then try it out with Carapelli Extra Virgin OIive Oil.
The Olive Oil Master Testers use a small, stemless blue glass to taste
the olive oil. They use the palm of their hand to cup the bottom of the glass
and gently warm it and release the aroma. The blue glass also conceals
the color of the oil - which isn't an indicator of quality.
Then they use four S's - Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow.
1. Swirl – By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that
contain the aroma.
2. Sniff – Now inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. Is it intense or is it
3. Slurp – Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it
throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of
any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.
I tried out the four S's and when I sniffed the Carapelli it
had an intense and yummy aroma.
When I slurped I was immediately struck with a peppery
taste that was surprising and was not what I was expecting.
Then as I swallow there was a stinging peppery sensation
in my throat that left me exclaiming - WHOA!
I was impressed with the quality of the Carapelli Olive Oil.
It's a company that has been around since 1893
and I trust that they know their olive oil.
If you'd like to try Carapelli for yourself here's a $1.00 off coupon!