How to taste olive oil

Tasting olive oil is a great way to understand the full sensory experience that comes with good quality extra virgin olive oil.

It is also a good way to know if the oil you bought is extra virgin as it claims on its label. While you may view olive oil as simply an ingredient, and as such be hesitant to taste it on its own, sipping oils like this is best way to experience the unadulterated tastes and characteristics of your oils without the complications other foods bring.

Olive oil awards season is currently in full swing, and many consumers are right to trust these events as relative indicators of olive oil quality, taste and aroma. However, there are different styles of olive oil, ranging from delicate to fruity. In order to know which are your favourite and when to use them, you should taste them properly for yourself.