How to taste Olive oil.
Step 1: With the glass covered by the lid or your hand, cup and rotate the glass in your other hand to warm it up. Swirl the oil on the sides of the glass to increase the surface area for the oil to release the volatile scents.
Step 2: Before tasting the oil, uncover the glass and smell the olive oil. This will give you your first indications of the quality and type of oil.
Step 3: Put a small amount of oil in your mouth and let it warm up for a moment or two so the taste spreads throughout the mouth.
Step 4: Begin inhaling or sipping air in quick gasps. This helps to oxygenise the oil and intensify the aromas.
Step 5: After completing the tasting, allow a minute or two for the full flavour of the olive oil to rest and develop in your mouth.
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The New Seleccion Hojiblanca Olive Oil will be available in a 500ml bottle and a four litre tin at major supermarkets and selected independent supermarkets and delcatessens from late August 2012.
I attended the product launch at Bohemian bar and restaurant courtesy of Dig Marketing Group and Moro.