How to Taste Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is chosen for its taste because it adds flavour and enhances the taste of your food.

It is very important to learn more about good quality olive oil and a good tasting technique, so that you can reawaken your senses, and make an educated choice when buying olive oil.

Points to remember

  • Peppery and bitter tastes makes the mouth very sensitive, so it is better not to taste more than six oils in one session. Start with the mildest oil, and progress to the stronger tastes.

  • Between tasting each oil, drink a bit of sparkling water, or eat a slice of apple.

  • Avoid drinking coffee, eating or smoking at least 30 min before tasting.

  • Use separate tasting glasses for each sampling.


  • Pour about 5ml of oil in a glass and rotate to wet the sides.

  • Warm the sides of the glass with palms of your hands to allow the aroma to escape, and cover the top of glass with your other hand to contain the aromas in the glass.

  • Wait for about 1 minute, then bring the glass to your nose. Inhale slowly and deeply about 3 times, savouring the flavour.


First note the intensity of the aroma and assess the distinctive fresh olive fruity flavour. The first impression should be the most distinctive. Other aromas are then noted. A Good quality, fresh oil should exhibit firstly a distinctive olive-fruity aroma, followed by pungent, green and bitter aromas.


  • Take a small sip, and roll over the tongue and round the mouth, making sure the inside of the mouth is covered.

  • With lips opened slightly, inhale 3 times rapidly through the mouth. This will help release the volatile aromas and it will pass up the nasal passages.

  • Memorize the flavours, and then spit the oil out.

Remember to clean your palate between each tasting.

Tasting Olive oil is similar to tasting wine. What is important in the end, is that you enjoy it. One should choose the oil that you like, as some people prefer light sweet oils; other prefer strong tastes with peppery notes.

Join the Club

If you would like to learn more about olive oil, the amazing health benefits that it offers, as well as learning to taste olive oil, and be able to distinguish between a good Extra virgin olive oil, and an inferior one, then join our club!

We will be sending you interesting information every month, that will expand your knowledge of this wonderfull fruit of the olive tree. We will also be holding monthly tasting events, as well as Home Spa days, where you can learn how to use olive oil in your beauty treatments.

On joining the Club, you will receive either 3 x 250ml, or 3 x 500ml bottles of Extra Virgin olive oil, specially selected from our participating farms, every 3 months. The first order you will receive in a beautiful wooden box, that can be kept as a display for your olive oils. You will also receive a booklet, that will give you all the interesting facts about olive oil, it's health benefits, recipes, and more.

You will also be able to place your order with us, for the best quality olive oils from our participating producers, as well as other olive products, like handmade olive soap, olives and olive paste, at discounted prices. We will constantly be sourcing additional products, and you will be the first to know about these great new products we offer.

We are also planning some great tours to Mediterranean countries, where you will be able to experience the art of olive oil production, as done in the traditional way for centuries! You will be able to immerse yourself in the culture, tasting the best olive oils, and learning more about these countries that once was the birthplace of the olive tree.

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