21 August 2012

Product Review: Oliviers & Co Olive Oils

It’s no surprise to many of you, after watching my markethaul videos, that I love olive oil.  It’s so fragrant and delicious.  So someone asking me to review them is kind of like asking me if I want a job where all I have to do is tend my garden all day.

As far as I’m concerned, olive oil is one of the better things on earth.  So reviewing an olive oil is a frightening prospect for me.  I want to love them all and it is a huge disappointment if someone has muddled the purity of olive oil with some strange chemical flavor instead of the real thing.  Since you can next tell what they will taste like before you taste them, it can be nirvana at best or the mortal equivalent of kryptonite at worst.  But I took a deep breath and plunged in.

I had been expecting two oils.  So, when the box arrived, I was surprised to find that they had sent me two small tins of basil and lemon olive oils, as well as a bottle of Modena balsamic and a jar of something called black olive paste.

I wasted no time in popping open the jar of olive paste and dipping in a spoon.  It was magical.  The kalamata paste was rich and deeply flavored and briny.  Walt and I slathered it on bread, added some cucumbers and tomatoes and ooh’d and ahh’d over the flavor and texture.  Lunch has never been so simple or so satisfying.

The olive oils are delicious as well.  No pale or delicate flavors here, but bold and nuanced, striking the nose and palate in stages and ending with a clean finish and pleasant memory.  My fear of chemicals was for nothing since these flavors are undeniably real.  The balsamic is rich and sweet and utter bliss.

According to their catalog, these are only a few of many olive oil products Oliviers and Co. sells.  I plan to try one at a time.  Forever.

We made this Chunky Pesto Pasta Salad with the Basil Specialty Olive Oil.  It was delicious and added a kick of fragrant basil to the dressing.  Try a little flavored oil the next time one of your recipes calls for olive oil. 

All of the Oliviers & Co. products are available in their boutique stores as well as online at www.oliviersandco.com.

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New York City Fianna has been vegan for 36 years. She is currently working on a second M.A. in Human Rights from NYU. When she isn’t veganizing every cookbook she can get her hands on, she’s working her urban farm in New York City. She also writes extensively on veganism, running and green living. Her newest project is to trace everything she buys to find out if it’s cruelty-free (both animal and human) and eco-friendly. Fianna and her fiancĂ© are animal rescuers of dogs, cats and birds.

Photo credit: O&CO.

Disclaimer: A sample was provided for review by Oliviers & Co Olive Oils