The following have been recommended as the best extra virgin olive oils currently in the UK.
I can’t wait to try them. STAY TUNED!
Lesvos Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olive Oil Avlaki
Originating from Lesvos Island in Greece, this one is extremely light and mellow, but still really tasty and lively. Also in this Great Taste 2014-winning oil’s favour is that it’s only ever harvested in December, when the fruit is riper, and there’s never any mixing across the harvest season, which means that the fresh-milled flavour is undiluted.
Lidl Primadonna Extra Virgin Olive Oil
.Lidl Primadonna Extra Virgin Olive Oil costs £2.79 for a 500ml bottle.
This olive oil is smooth and nutty. It is creamy tasting with a light peppriness – and it comes at a great price too.
Morrisons M Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Morrisons M Extra Value Virgin Olive Oil costs £2.19 for a 750ml bottle.
This olive oil is robust with an authentic flavour. It is perfect for drizzling on salads or serving with bread, and it’s excellent value for money.
Tesco Finest Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tesco Finest Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil costs £6 for 500ml.
Tesco Finest Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil has an intense olive green colour, and a sharp pepperiness with good acidity. It has a rich creaminess which makes it perfect for dipping.
Specially Selected Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aldi
Top Italian chef Aldo Zilli believes this outclasses oils five times the price and we agree. It’s beautifully aromatic with a deep and smooth flavour that complements salads, pasta and fish and the use-by date is within a year – top marks. Others, though, hve said “Aldi’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a strong olive flavour, and a fruity aroma with a slightly bitter aftertaste.”
Organic 27C Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Oliveology
Another Great Taste 2014 winner, this beautifully delicate oil is made from the so-called ‘royal’ Koroneiki olives in the Peloponnese, which not only boast great flavour, which have the highest levels of antioxidants and polyphenols, known for boosting the immune system. It’s great with pretty much everything, but we particularly love it with fish and in baking.
… and then comes this …
Castillo de Canena Family Reserve
It comes in two olive flavours: Picual and Arbequina.
I tried the Picual version.
Its tasting notes describe it as a green, fresh, clean and fragrant olive oil with tasting notes of tomato, tomato plant, herbs and green wheat, almond and green banana but I smell, more than anything else, an astonishing powerful smell of … a newly mown lawn. And fresh grass clippings. And wild camomile. Extraordinary!