I’ve been hearing quite a bit of chatter about Carapelli’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Apparently they have developed a way to taste test their oil. I found it kind of confusing at first. If you’re anything like me you figure olive oil is olive oil. Is it really necessary to taste test it? Turns out that yes, it is necessary. If you do the test, you’ll find that there really is a difference between Carapelli’s and other virgin oils. Here’s how it works:
First, pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into your glass and gently warm it by covering the glass with one hand and holding the bowl of the glass in the other. You then do what Carapelli describes as “The Four S’s”. They are as follows:
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.
Now, you may think that all that is kind of a bit much for just olive oil, but that’s just the thing. This isn’t “just” olive oil. This, I can say after doing the taste test myself, is the best olive oil you are going to find anywhere. To really drive the point home, try the test taste with another brand’s olive oil, too. The difference will be astounding. After you become a believer, get yourself a $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com at their website.