FORMAL EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TASTING PROCESS
Source: from Nancy Ash, Strictly Olive Oil A mild stinging in your throat is a good thing and demonstrates that the oil is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. Bitterness at the back of your tongue is also a good thing and is a sign that what you are tasting is indeed an extra virgin olive oil.
HOW TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU’RE TASTING
Our tasting wheel is a great tool for how to accurately describe the intricate flavors you experience while sampling extra virgin olive oil. High quality extra virgin olive oil should taste like fruit and fresh herbs, ranging from mild to complex and diverse, whereas bad oil tastes like oil. The wheel below will help you build a vocabulary with which to describe extra virgin olive oil:
© Maia Hirschbein (adapted from Sue Langstaff and Richard Gawel)