On the Italian Riviera, delicacy, not strength, brings an oil acclaim and honor.
Roi is one of the best Ligurian extra virgin olive oils I’ve tried. It’s been made in the mountain town of Badalucco by the Boeri family since 1900, exclusively from the thumbnail-sized Taggiasca olive.
This oil is the favorite of many of our crew. I regularly recommend it to folks who are beginning their olive oil education. At home, I love to pour Roi on freshly baked whole fish (half an hour at 350 degrees for a fish that weighs a pound).
The latest harvest, from fall 2015, is lovely. The aroma is gentle, with notes of green olive and a tart fruitiness like peaches. The flavor reminds me of asparagus and is softly bitter. There's a mild bit of pepper that unravels in the finish. A very pleasant, approachable oil.