What, in your opinion, is the best tasting olive oil out there?
In my opinion, it is the one _you_ and _you_ alone like best.
I use basic one for cooking, and I cycle between different olive oil from different countries for "better" olive oil (for salads and finishing touch); they are all different, and that is what makes it fun.
Like many, not all, things in life the more expensive an OO is the better quality it is. That's not to say you'll like the taste of every expensive OO. Buy a copy of 'Extra Virginity'. Probably the best book on OO so far. Visit Extra Virginity on line.
To illustrate my point compare the Bentley Mulsanne with the Chevy Aveo. LOL
I'd also like to hear from CHers choices for olive oil from the well-stocked grocery stores (not speciality stores). Would be interesting to hear (read?) the reaasons, too!
Zaytoun - an organic, Fair Trade, oil from Palestine. Fairly easily available (except when the Israeli blockade prevents exports)
I also particularly like "Fet a Soller" but it is probably impossible to find it off the island of Mallorca.
We only buy Greek, imported olive oil, which comes in big tins. There is one "chain" grocery by us that stocks one type, but I usually go to one of 2 greek markets nearby to purchase instead as there is more selection in types and brands. We usually have 2 tins at home; EVOO for marinades, dressings and finishing and regular OO for frying/cooking.
To me, the greek olive oil is just so far superior tasting than any grocery store olive oil I've ever bought, I would never go back. And much cheaper when you buy by the tin instead of those small glass bottles. We keep them in small pourer-topped carafes next to the stove and refill from the big tin as necessary. Have never had one go bad and the oil is very fragrant and delicious.