For the last 6 years, I have been spending my summer holidays in Crete and, each time I have always brought back olive oil for my own consumption. It is one of my favorite olive oils to date! So this summer, once again I have carried back about 5 litters (mostly organic) from different estates around the island. Last week when I was at Ophelie’s for our photo session, I took the opportunity to organise a little tasting session (the more the merrier!). I was wondering if we would be able to notice the difference between the oils despite the fact that we are not olive oil ‘sommeliers’! I had brought my Greek olive oils plus one extra bottle I found in my Mother’s cupboard. It is from another region of Greece: Peloponnese.
As you can see from the images below, we tried 8 different olive oils. Some are produced from small family estates and others from big groups that export internationally. I bought metal tins for ease of transport and rebottled the local one #1. They are extra virgin oils, five of which are organic and all are made from the Koroneiki olive, which is the most popular variety in Greece.
All oils have their own taste and among the 7 Cretan oils, we could distinguish their subtleties however they pretty much all have a fresh herbal taste in comparison to the oil from Peloponnese, which has a citrus flavour #8. Some are spicy (#1, 2, 4 & 7), some others bitter (#2, 6 & 8), herbal (#2, 5, 6 & 7) and/or fruity (#3).
Actually, I really enjoyed doing this informal degustation, being able to compare all of them at once and tasting the differences. Ophélie preferred the olive oil #4 from Creta Verde. As for me, I picked the one from Gaea Krista Fresh #5, which is a limited edition of olive oil, bottled from the first pressing within three hours of olives being harvested. All in all, they are of great quality; so if you are planning to go to Crete soon, make sure to allow for space in your suitcase to bring back a few bottles.
Please note that all opinions expressed in this post are independent from any of the mentioned olive producers. All olive groves photos were taken in Crete.
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