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Until very recently, I didn't know a whole lot about olive oil other than the fact that it comes from olives & it tastes really great in certain pastas or for dipping bread. Then I was asked by Carapelli to try out their olive oil in an official taste test, using a special process to get the full experience, and I found out it goes much farther than that.
Who knew there are four specific steps, also known as the "Four S's" that should be followed in order to have a true olive oil tasting experience? Here they are, if you'd like to try for yourself...
For the test, pour a tablespoon of oil into a small glass.
1. Swirl – Swirling the olive oil in the glass releases the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that contain the aroma.
2. Sniff – The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. (This step got my mouth watering, reminding me of the aroma of a nice Italian restaurant.)
3. Slurp – Sipping the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it throughout your mouth. The Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil I tried was very smooth, yet had a full fruity flavor. Delicious!
4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. And not only was there no aftertaste when I tried it, I found it's great for moisturizing lips, too!
Chances are, you've bought Carapelli before, like I have. But you may not know that Carapelli has been making olive oil since 1893, and, with its headquarters in Florence, it is Italy's #1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Today’s distinctive line of Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oils includes three varieties:
Premium 100% Italian – made solely from the first cold pressing of the finest 100% Italian olives with an intense, robust flavor and aroma
Il Numerato – a supremely smooth and low acidity oil that is a result of a delicate cold pressing of olives
Organic – Obtained only from organically grown olives and produced according to organic farming standards; certified USDA organic
When you taste Carapelli Olive Oil, you know you are tasting Italy's finest. Try Carapelli's fine olive oil for yourself! Visit their site to receive $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com.