The 10 Best olive oils
Whether it's for drizzling over your pasta or knocking up a quick vinaigrette, we've got the oil for the job.
Thursday 11 July 2013
This award-winning Sicilian oil is made from three types of olives, cold-pressed almost straight after being picked, then left unfiltered to give an intense and fruity flavour. There's something satisfyingly rustic about the tin, too.
£10.99 for 1 litre, marksandspencer.com
This olive oil from Crete is pricy, but it's the champagne of olive oils and astonishingly good with fresh bread, or as a dressing for salad, or in cooking. It has been produced using traditional, cold-press techniques to create a perfectly balanced oil, high in Mediterranean flavour.
£39 for 500ml, ospreylondon.com
A chocolatier isn't the obvious place to buy olive oil, but Hotel Chocolat knows a thing or two about the cocoa bean. Here, they've taken whole roasted cocoa beans and tangy chillies and soaked them in rich olive oil and the result is perfect as a dip for warm, crusty bread.
£12.50 for 250ml, hotelchocolat.co.uk
This clear, bright, green-gold extra virgin olive oil feels light, but has incredible flavours including mint, basil and tomato vine. The bitterness is balanced by the buttery taste and the aftertaste is long and persistent.
Boasting robust fruity flavours of apple, citrus and herbs, this rich oil comes from the Taygetos mountain in Greece's southern Peloponnese.
£5.50 for 500ml, sainsburys.co.uk
Carluccio's, as you might expect, has an impressive range of olive oils. This one benefits from a complex combination of fruit and almonds and pepper and is produced from three different kinds of olives.
£11.25 for 500ml, carluccios.com
This provides you with an intensely nutty oil with a light toasty aroma and a touch of citrus fruits. Blended in A L'Olivier's atelier in Nice, France, it's unique and utterly fabulous.
£13.50 for 250ml, harrods.com
This award-winning oil comes from hand-picked olives from farms in the Iblei mountains of south-east Sicily. The flavour is intense and perfectly balanced.
£7 for 500ml, tesco.com
The Royal olive is an ancient native variety from Jaen, Andalucia, which is almost extinct. Damn shame as the flavour in this wonderful green oil is extraordinary, incorporating greengages, grass, green beans and pea shoots. Snap it up while you can.
£25 for 500ml, fortnumandmason.com
This husband-and-wife team produce lip-smackingly good olive oils from their groves in Le Marche, Italy. Their flavoured ones, particularly the lemon one, are particularly scrumptious, not least because they are made by crushing the fruit together with the olives at the time of harvest.
£6.99 for 250ml, nudo-italia.com
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