Olive oil is an essential ingredient in many dishes but it’s important to choose the right one.
Sheila Fitzgerald, owner of Esplendido Douro, walks through the steps involved in a proper olive oil tasting.

Steps:

  1. Swirl – heats the oil and aerates it for the next step.
  2. Sniff – helps taster get the full aroma of the oil – nose in the glass and a deep inhale is where you will feel the aroma of the oil.
  3. Sip – hold the olive oil on your front tongue and gently roll it around in your mouth; gently suck air into your mouth, moving the oil to the back of your molars - this aerates it which is when the olive oil takes on a life of its own.
  4. Swallow – The pleasurable part of the experience, enjoy!

Esplendido Douro's gourmet olive oils can be purchased at DeLaurenti, Metropolitan Market and Amazon.com.