Olive oil taste test (did you know there are hundreds of different flavors?)

Chef Josh Garcia takes Britt through an olive oil taste test. He says it's important to remember the 4 S's:

Swirl: This releases the oil`s aroma molecules. Keep the oil covered until ready to sniff.
Sniff: Uncover the oil and quickly inhale from the rim of the cup. Take note of the intensity and the description of the aroma.
Slurp: Take a small sip of the oil while also 'sipping' some air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps to spread it throughout your mouth. You should take note of the *retro-nasal aroma as well as the intensity of bitterness.
Swallow: An oil`s pungency is judged by a sensation in your throat so you must swallow at least a small amount to thoroughly evaluate it. If the oil makes your throat scratchy or makes you want to cough, it is a pungent oil.
*Our taste buds discern only 5 flavors - salt, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami. All other flavor sensations come from retro-nasal aroma, which is the smell of the food while it is in our mouths.

How to Host an Olive Oil Tasting Party
• Select your olive oils. It`s important to choose different styles of EVOO to showcase the possibilities. We think four is a good number and we recommend selecting a delicate and mild oil, a few medium-bodied, fruity oils and a robust and pungent olive oil. Any of our expert staff at your local We Olive can help you with your selections.
• Choose the foods you will serve with your EVOO. After your guests have tasted the olive oils (using the 4 S`s of course!), they`ll want to try the oils on different foods. We like setting up a DIY crostini bar with soft cheeses, like ricotta and goat cheese, prepared tapenades and spreads, roasted veggies and fresh or dried fruits. Don`t forget some the Aged Balsamic Vinegar! Add a cheese and charcuterie board and a simple salad and you`re good to go!
• Make sure your setup is user-friendly. Provide small disposable tasting cups and plates for tasting olive oil. Olive oil drips are a job hazard for us, but your party guests may not have the same affinity for oil stains as we do.
• Consider a wine pairing. If you`ll be serving wine, think about choosing wines that complement the flavors of the olive oil. Use this handy-dandy guide to make your choices.
Get some delicious extra virgin olive oil and start tasting today!

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