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The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Our Taste Test Results

First Posted: 11/01/2011 5:51 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


Are you in an olive oil rut? If you're anything like us, you may tend to grab the same bottle over and over on rushed trips to the grocery store. And since very few olive oils taste offensive, that probably suits you just fine. But if you want to buy the best, we're here to help.

Extra virgin olive oil, the purest and most delicately flavored of all the types of olive oil, is not meant for cooking. It's meant to be tasted. Its aromatic qualities are best enjoyed drizzled over soups, dipped into by hunks of bread, or tossed in a vinaigrette -- but never, ever applied to heat. Commit this sin, and your oil will turn bitter, losing all of its best attributes.

We blind-tested the 10 best-selling brands of extra virgin olive oil in the United States. Which performed the best? Check out the slideshow below to find out.

As always, this taste test is not influenced or sponsored by any of the brands included.

#1: Pompeian
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Comments: "Very, very olive-y. Unusually pleasant." "Distinctively olive." "Interesting cured meat flavor." "Nice and fruity." "One note, but a nice one."
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