Does Your Olive Oil Pass The Taste Test?

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Did you know that there is a taste test for olive oil?  I didn’t realize that much like tasting wine, there is a method for tasting olive oil to test its quality.  We use lots of olive oil at our house so I was happy to learn about the “Four S” test.  Here’s how the experts do it:

1) Swirl – first you swirl the olive oil in a small glass to release the aroma

2) Sniff – next you inhale deeply to see if the oil has a subtle or intense aroma

3) Slurp – you slurp the oil to take in a bit of air while tasting it so that the oil emulsifies easily and spreads throughout your mouth

4) Swallow – as you swallow the oil you make note of whether it has a fruity or peppery taste, and it should leave no aftertaste in your mouth

Carapelli is not just a leader in olive oil, they were the first to promote bottled extra virgin olive oil in Italy, they are still Italy’s number one producer and they’ve been doing it since 1893.  They were kind enough to send me a sample bottle to try and I really enjoyed doing the taste test. 

The Premium 100% Italian variety that they sent me had an intense, robust flavor and aroma that I found to be pleasantly peppery with absolutely no aftertaste.  After performing the taste test I had to try it again with the other brand of olive oil that I’d been using, I was actually amazed at the difference and I’m glad to now understand how to test and be able to tell the difference!

If you’d like to try Carapelli Olive Oil, the best Italy has to offer, then hurry over and grab this $1.00 OFF coupon at  You can use it on any of the varieties – Premium 100% Italian, Il Numerato, or Organic.

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  1. WOW! I had NO idea there was a “taste testing” test for olive oil. The Carapelli Olive Oil does sound very good!

  2. I did not know that olive oil like carapelli’s could be taste tested. I have found that when I have bought a large can or bottle of olive oil that it’s gone off – has become almost rancid. I thought olive oil would last forever but I was wrong. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I just started using olive oil when cooking and I didn’t know there’s a taste test for it too! Good to know! 🙂

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