Our Tuscan friend, Sr. Grappolini, blends an array of Italian extra-virgin olive oils on his estate to create this great introductory oil. I can think of a hundred reasons to give this oil away—for one, the cartoon label designed by us makes it a lot of fun—but you'll definitely want to think about keeping a bottle for yourself. The smaller size and lower price will let you add it to your olive oil arsenal without the expense of buying a bigger bottle.
The 2013 harvest is quite buttery with lots of rich black olive flavors. The aroma is bright and reminds me of artichokes. There's almost no peppery kick on the finish making it incredibly smooth. A nice introductory oil.
Zingerman's Food Tours is visiting Tuscany in October 2014. Join us for a behind the scenes journey to traditional food makers like this.