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Della Terra Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sensory and Chemistry Evaluation

Why It Matters

Although a product may be labelled "Extra Virgin", there is a chance that the contents may not be what they claim. A study by UC Davis found that 69% of products labelled extra virgin did not meet the minimum requirements to be labelled as such. For those seeking the health benefits found in a good quality, fresh extra virgin olive oil, this misrepresentation is troubling.

So as consumers, how do we know if we are selecting a quality product? At Della Terra rest assured that we take industry fraud very seriously. All of our Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils are third party lab tested to verify authenticity, quality and purity. We will always provide crush dates - far more important than arbitrary "best before" dates. The chemistry speaks to the condition of the fruit, production methods, storage and freshness of an oil.

In addition to chemistry, becoming familiar with a particular extra virgin olive oil’s flavour characteristics will help you make an educated decision about which olive oil is right for you. Each olive oil that we present to you has been sensory evaluated by Paul Vossen, one of the world's most renowned olive oil connoisseurs. His tasting notes will help guide you to finding the varietals that you will truly enjoy.


Olive Oil Chemistry Defined


Learn how to taste olive oil

Della Terra - How to Taste Olive Oil

  1. It's best to start your tasting experience with a ‘mild’ oil, working your way up to a more ‘robust’ varietals.
  2. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of oil into a tasting cup. Hold the cup in the palm of your hand to warm the oil. With your other hand, cover the top of the cup as you gently swirl the oil around. This helps release the aromas of the oil.
  3. Partially remove your hand covering the cup and bring the cup to the base of your nose. Inhale 3 separate times, with pauses in between. Note the aromas you experienced during the quick inhalations.
  4. Begin to taste the oil by drawing it into your mouth while at the same time taking air into your mouth to make a “slurpy” sound. Be careful not to swallow the oil at this point.
  5. Roll the oil around in your mouth, ensuring that the sides, tip and back of your tongue are thoroughly covered.
  6. Note the flavours, fluidity and consistency that you are experiencing. Are the flavours peppery? Fruity? Creamy?
  7. Once you are satisfied with your tasting, you can either swallow the oil in your mouth or spit it out.
  8. You can sip some water in between tastings if you plan on tasting multiple varietals.