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 2015 harvest is balanced between a smooth bitterness and earthy notes like pine. The aroma is grassy and green, with peppery notes like arugula. The finish slowly builds to a nice peppery tickle across the throat.
Zingerman's Food Tours is visiting Tuscany in October 2017. Join us for a behind the scenes journey to traditional food makers like this.