How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is currently taking place at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. Every year extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) makers from around the world submit their best oils for judging here at Fairplex.

More than 600 entries were submitted this year from 22 countries across the globe, and our judges are currently evaluating and awarding all the entries.

But how does one judge extra virgin olive oils? How to differentiate between one flavor and the next? It’s pretty simple: just remember the 4 S’s.

How To Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Entries from the 2014 Los Angeles International EVOO Competition

1. Swirl: First thing’s first, you have to make sure the EVOO is ready to taste. Our professional judges are provided with little blue glasses (see photo above). Swirl it around to release the aroma of the olive oil, but make sure to keep it covered until you’re ready for Step 2…

Fairplex Blog sniff How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2. Sniff: Sniff the olive oil from the rim of the container. Judges are looking for intensity levels (robust, etc) and taking note of the various aromas.

Fairplex Blog taste 300x214 How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3. Slurp: Finally, the actual tasting. If you’ve ever been to an olive oil competition, you’re probably familiar with the sounds of slurping from throughout the room.

The sound is distinct, as judges also make sure to inhale some air along with the olive oil.

This helps the flavor to spread evenly across the mouth and helps to identify bitterness levels along with other flavor details.

4. Swallow: Last, but certainly not least, is the swallowing. It’s not just a simple gulp from each sample. Judges are paying attention to the flavors and identifying pungency.

Keep these tips in mind if you visit us during the LA County Fair! You can sample the award-winning entries from this year’s competition at The Marketplace. Just remember your 4 S’s and you’ll be set.

For more information regarding the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition click here.

2015 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Judges from around the world have come together at the Sheraton Fairplex for the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) competition. Due to the high number of entries and the time needed for judging, the competition is divided into two: the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

Official judges and guest judges go through dozens of olive oils in a day. Contrary to popular belief, judging olive oils is not just about the taste; judges have to go through a process that consists of swirling, warming the oil for a minute or two, taking a good whiff of the aroma, tasting and spitting before finally putting pen to paper and doing the actual scoring.

Judge and sensory scientist, Sue Langstaff, shared with us the purpose of this competition:

Nancy Bates has helped at this event for the last 8 years, so check out what she had to say about the EVOO competition:

The Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere judging ensures that all oils are judged at their freshest and best.  The award‐winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils will be displayed at the 93rd anniversary of the LA County Fair, Sept. 4 ‐ 27, 2015, so stay tuned!

Are you a fan of extra virgin olive oil? Let us know in the comments section! 

Fairplex Snapshot: Los Angeles International EVOO Competition

The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) competition is in full swing at the Sheraton Fairplex right now. Entries from around the world have been gathered here at Fairplex and will be judged over the course of this week.

Judges go through dozens of EVOO entries in a day, tasting, swirling and spitting before writing down notes about each and every one. Entries are poured into small blue jars (as seen in the photo) and presented to the judges based on category. This process continues throughout the day.

Each entry is presented in a small blue jar – one per judge. 

For more information on the Los Angeles International EVOO Competition visit www.lawinecomp.com  

Los Angeles International EVOO Competitions Begin This Week

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately. From celebratory articles discussing health benefits and utilization as a beauty product (make-up remover, anyone?) to consternation over olive oil fraud, EVOO has been a hot topic.

The Los Angeles International Northern Hemisphere EVOO competitions begin Wednesday at Fairplex and you will be hard-pressed to find any scams among the elite. Hundreds of entries are sipped and swirled by an esteemed panel of EVOO experts. Submissions from Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Turkey, the U.S. and other countries will be ranked based on a number of factors including taste, texture and flavor.

Throughout the next couple months we will be posting tips on how to decipher whether your extra virgin olive oil is legitimate or phony, EVOO cooking tips and a look at what goes on behind the closed doors of the Los Angeles International EVOO competition. Stay tuned!

Are you a fan of extra virgin olive oil? Let us know in the comments section!