Olive Oil Brand - Good or Not [Moved from SF Bay Area Board]
I was given a gift of a very fancy looking bottle of olive oil that also came in a designer box. I've never heard of it and can't find it anywhere on the web. I wonder if anyone has heard of it and/or used it? It's called Cucina Tuscana. The box says it's imported from and a product of Turkey. Thanks
Since your "Cucina Tuscana" has no website nor is there any easily available information from the International Olive Oil Council, because Turkey is not a member of IOOC, you'll likely have to decide for yourself if this is a desirable product. I agree with the other posters that it sounds like a wolf in sheep's clothing - "fancy looking bottle" & "designer box" are enough to scare me off.
I recently read an article which indicated that some importers are substituting cheap vegetable oil for olive oil and using an artificial flavoring agent, then labeling the product Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I'm not saying that's what you have, but I keep it in mind whenever I'm looking at a brand of olive oil I'm not familiar with.
As a general rule, foods packaged to be sold as gifts are pretty mediocre - it's a corrolary to the general rule stating that the amount of graphic design effort on a wine label bears an inverse relation to the quality of the wine inside.
Plus as the previous poster noted, anything from one country claiming to be from another is doubly suspect.
Still, unless it's gone rancid due to bad storage, it's probably harmless.
I'm suspicious of olive oil in fancy packaging with an Italian name but produced in Turkey. Not that there can't be good olive oil from Turkey, but if they were proud of its origins, they wouldn't be trying to pass it off as Italian.
That said, whether it's "good" or not is a matter of taste. Olive oils can have a wide range of flavor characteristics, and what really matters is whether the oil tastes good to you! So open it, taste it and either enjoy it or put it back in the cupboard to use in preparations where the flavor of the oil won't make or break the dish.