I’m Italian and LOVE Olive Oil. We use it quite often, when cooking. We also love to dip italian bread in olive oil as well. The girls take right after my husband and I, and love to as well. They drench their bread with it! It’s pretty funny.
I was super excited to receive a bottle of Carapelli Olive Oil for our review. It’s one brand I had not tried before so we were eager to give it a test run. Being the dippers that we are, I picked up some bread the day it arrived and made a meal, that we could have along with it. It’s funny how I planned my meal around dipping our bread in the olive oil.
The dipping result was…… My husband didn’t like it. He felt it had too much of an after taste. I didn’t notice it as much and really enjoyed it. The girls liked it, a lot!
Along with my sample, I received some information on the proper way of tasting olive oil. I had never heard of such a thing but figured I’d give it a try because after all, I wanted to give you my honest opinion of it! Little did I know, you are supposed to try Olive Oil as you do wine.
There are four “S”‘s to tasting Olive Oil…..
1. Swirl – First swirl the olive oil in your glass, to release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that contain the aroma.
2. Sniff – Next take a pick sniff and inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil.
3. Slurp – Take a sip and while doing so, you must sip in a bit of air. This will emulsify the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations.
4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste.
I will admit, it was odd doing this and my husband laughed at me as he dipped his Italian bread in some olive oil and I followed the tasting guidelines. The results were interesting. I’ve never sniffed olive oil and I thought it was a very powerful scent, which I’ve never noticed before. I then took a sip and tried to ‘sip’ in some air and it had more taste then I’d ever noticed before since I always have it with something. After I swallowed it i didn’t notice an aftertaste at all. It went down smooth.
Have you ever done the four “S”‘s of tasting Olive Oil??
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