I first tasted this extra virgin olive oil at the olive groves in Chile. It was great in that exotic locale, but I always wait until I come home for the real taste test—the sobering grey of Ann Arbor adds a dose of reality to any rosy memory. Thankfully, tasting it at home was every bit as enjoyable, so good we have decided to have a special blend bottled under our label.
The latest bottling, from the summer 2012 harvest (because Chile's in the southern hemisphere, they pick in summer, not fall) is a great oil. It has a wonderful grassy aroma that reminds me of artichokes. The flavor is green, with only a hint of bitterness and a gentle pepperiness that slowly builds to warm the throat. It's lively, engaging, intriguing. Not strong but vital, alive. My mouth tingles long after I’ve finished eating it.
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