Thursday, November 10, 2011

Carapelli Olive Oil & The Four S's

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carapelli for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Olive Oil is a staple in our home and item I can't be without, yet something I clearly didn't' know much about. I was recently selected to taste test Carapelli Olive Oil and I figured it would be an easy task since that is the brand I almost always purchase.

What I didn't know was how much goes into the perfect olive oil and why would I, I have always selected the right brand. I didn't even know there was a proper way to taste test Olive Oil. Have you heard about the "Four S's"? Surely I can't be the only one who has not so let me explain. Much like wine, you should always taste test your olive oil. To do so you use a process better known as The Four S's. This is actually the test the masters in Italy use. You would think having a good Italian maiden name as well as married name I would know better.
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First get your self a stemless blue glass. Why a stemless blue glass? Well you see the stemless shape fits perfect in the palm of your hand so that the oil warms and releases aroma. You use a blue glass to conceal the color.  Let's faces oil isn't typically something that you think about drinking straight and you also want to hide the color, as color is never an indicator of the quality of olive oil.

Now your ready for the Four S's

You want to pour about a tablespoon of Olive Oil into your glass and gently warm it by covering the glass with one hand, while holding it in your other hand.
Are you ready to Swirl, Sniff , slurp and swallow? I have to admit as much as I use Olive Oil this process still seem strange but I was determined to carry it out ( I even purchase a comparable brand to see if I could tell the difference)

First you want to swirl it which will release the oil's esters which contain the aroma - again think wine.

Next give it a sniff to test the fruitiness. Is it intense or subtle?

Are you ready to give it a slurp? Sip the oil while sipping on a bit of air. Is it fruity, peppery. or smooth? Again I found this test similar to wine and really about an individuals taste buds and what you like.

Now swallow. A good Olive Oil should leave your mouth with no aftertaste and Carapelli's Olive Oil did just that., but take note of the oil your testing. Does it leave a peppery or stinging sensation in your mouth? Look at it this way if it leave a pepper sensation say in your mouth, what do you think it will do to the food your cooking it in? My guess is your going to be left with that flavor in your mouth.

As I stated earlier I have always been a fan of Carapelli,  it passed my own taste buds with flying colors and gave me something to compare other brands with. Carapelli Olive Oil comes to your kitchen straight from the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. Carapelli has been producing Olive Oil since 1863 and reigns as Italy's #1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The company wants to make sure it satisfies every consumer, so they instituted a quality certification program that meets and exceeds the extensive quality expectation required in not only Europe but the USA as well.
If you have yet to try Carapelli's Extra Virgin Olive Oil what are you waiting for? You can grab a bottle now and receive a $1.00 OFF coupon at Don't forget Carapelli's is 100% Italian and obtained only from organically grown olives. Making it certified USDA organic!
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Kelly L said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have never heard of taste testing olive oil... but it does make sense.
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Beeb said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'd be lost without my olive oil!

Anonymous said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I didn't know about the swirling test for esters!

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow some good information on olive oil, I've never heard of this brand before

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