To help you taste, choose and enjoy a good extra virgin olive oil we are going to offer you a series of guidelines and advice to taste it.
Oil tasting with glass
First of all, tasting has an olfactory phase. The glass should be covered for a short time so that the aromas are concentrated while we turn the liquid inside with our hands, while it is warmed in a mild way, with our body heat. After about thirty seconds we uncover the tasting glass and inspire to capture all the possible aromas offered by the oil.
Once all the aromas have been recognized, it is time to taste it. Moment of evaluation of its intensity and the sensations that come to us. Without going into many technicalities, to do it well and try to capture everything, we will have to distribute the oil throughout the oral cavity, breathe fresh air to increase sensations. The most frequent experiences in the mouth are sweet, bitter, spicy flavours… Finally, when we have emptied the mouth, we must be attentive to those flavours that persist in the mouth, if any aftertaste appears that gives us new information about extra virgin olive oil.
The colour of extra virgin olive oil does not determine its quality.
As a curiosity, let’s talk about the look and color of the oil. It should be borne in mind that the colour of the oil does not determine the quality of the oil. For this reason the tasting of the oil is done in an official dark glass so that the taster is not influenced by the color of the oil. The International Olive Oil Council approves a regulation for the use of an official tasting glass, thus achieving a standard cataloguing for all countries and oils.
Buy blue tasting glasses and tasting glasses from elaia zait
The tasting glasses respond to the specific requirements of tasting, which are: adaptation in hand, accumulation of aromas in the interior and the impossibility of distinguishing the colour of the oil, the latter in the case of official glasses.
However, in Elaia Zait, they have designed hedonic oil tasting glasses. They are transparent and their ultimate aim is to enjoy the whole set: aroma, flavour and colour. We already needed in the oil such a perfect way to present them and we congratulate Elaia Zait for her success.
We hope that all this information has been helpful to expand your knowledge about the world of extra virgin olive oil. Furthermore, so that you can put into practice what you have learnt, in our shop you can buy the official blue tasting glasses approved by the IOC, the glasses, shot glasses and tasting plates of elaia zait and a multitude of quality oils, all with their representative sensorial description, so that you can be encouraged and start to have your own criteria when tasting extra virgin olive oil.