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Apr 7, 2013 02:01 PM

Olive Oil Tasting

I went to Lina Smith's Olive Oil Tasting at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education yesterday (part of a benefit).

I thought it was fun and interesting and learned a lot. She is trained as an olive oil taster/contest judge.

She does them a couple times a year, at CCAE and other places around town.

There's also an olive oil tasting club she coordinates--anyone know about this or been a member?

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  1. vox, just fyi, al capone has various evoos to taste in his shops. also, I think I read about some couple on the Cape who have 1 or 2 branches of an evoo shop, in malls iirc......

    also, if you ever go to the exciting and beautiful city of Portland ME, there is a long lived specialty foods and cookware shop on the main st by the waterfront- that has many/20? evoos to taste.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Thanks, opinionated.

      This wasn't just the chance to taste different olive oils, though. It's a whole education in olive oil production, transport, storage, as well as an education for the palate. I found it truly enlightening.

      1. re: femmevox

        Olive Oil Club 2nd meeting Sunday 4/28, at the Armory in Somerville. She charges $10 per meeting, and there's lots of things to taste.

        I probably won't be there, because I have another event at the same time. But I really recommend her.

        Dear Olive Oil Club Members,

        Our 2nd meeting will take place on Sunday April 28th at The Armory in Somerville, from 2:30 to 3:30pm.

        This time, we will explore the history of olive oil from Prehistoric times to Antiquity (10 min), followed by a tasting of 6 new oils. I will bring official score sheets to provide a reference point/structure for the tasting.

    2. what did you learn from the tasting?

      my impression about evoo is french is best followed by spain and california.

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      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        I've learned a lot about EVOO in the last few years. Location doesn't count as much as the harvest and pressing methods... add proper storage and oils can vary greatly!

        Giardini di Sole in Boston has a couple of small producer, award winning Italian olive oils. The Olivastro is my favorite.

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          Thanks for sharing! I've heard about things she's organized through the grapevine (or should I say olive branch?)

        2. There's a place named "O & Co" on Newbury St.(between Clarendon and Dartmouth) that has different olive oils.
          Seems expensive, but you get a nice range of flavors from buttery smooth (supposedly grassy but I can't taste it) to slighly olive tasting.

          I wasn't too impressed by the cost to flavor ratio...most are around $40 for 10oz :-O
          The 8yr aged basalmic vinegar they have is excellent though...