This is a really good extra virgin olive oil from just outside of Rome, near Tivioli (where the residents are called tiburtini). The farm is right up the road from Hadrian’s villa and relics of Roman walls run around and through it.
The olives are harvested just as they are starting to go from bright green to shades of purple from ancient trees, a couple of which have trunks fifteen feet wide. The aroma is bright and grassy, hinting at the peppery finish to come. The flavor is smooth and balanced with notes of dried grass and a subtle bitterness.