The 'best' imported olive oil..
- arktos Mar 23, 2011 05:24 PM
What, in your opinion, is the best imported olive oil you've tried for under $30.00?? And/or if you have a favorite import, what is it?? If I may ask.
I saw the America's Test Kitchen episode where COLUMELA was coronated as 'the best', I'm a little dubious as other polls have COLAVITA as the best, but I wasn't all that impressed with it. I also keep hearing good things about Lebanese OO, which along with COLUMELA, I have yet to try. At an OO tasting, I thought the Provençal oils were the most tasty, if that means anything.
Aria extra virgin olive oil from Crete is my favorite. You can get a 1/2 liter bottle for $24.95. I have never tasted an olive oil that is smoother yet also packs a huge olive heavy punch.
For a domestic oil Bariani makes the best I have tasted.
Under $20 for what volume? 500, 750ml, L? There's a wide range of very good and distinctive oils in this range. Two I adore are the Segreto DOP Monti Iblei form Sicily, ( about $25 for 750ml) and a strong second for Bariani's regular bottling extra virgin, at less than $30 Litre. Barbera's many labels from Sicily (Frantoia, for one) are excellent everyday oils, often as cheap as $21 Litre.
Volpaia. I have tried nearly all that others have named thus far along with many, many other labels and they all fall short when compared to Volpaia. You'll want to purchase oil made with the fall 2010 harvest olives.