Now we can make extra virgin olive oil ourselves: here’s how – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

La Cucina Italiana


You warm each glass with your hands, smell it and that’s where we begin. And the first step, which serves to identify the olfactory scents of the oil: whether it is “green fruity”, typical of olives pressed at the beginning of maturation, or “ripe”. Then we move on to the actual tasting, to understand if the oil is “bitter”as often happens with young olives rich in polyphenols, or “spicy” when it gives a pungent sensation behind the long one (as happens with crushed olives when they are green). Then the oil is swallowed or expelled (as professional tasters more often do, who carry out hundreds of tastings a year), and finally is reflected in the aftertaste, which can be sweet, herbaceous, but also taste like apples, almonds, or tomatoes (this happens with spicy oils). Color? It is not a relevant factor and by participating in the experience you will also discover why.

The 5 cultivars

The operation is repeated five times, because There are five cultivars that Fratelli Carli grows directly or purchases from its trusted producers: the Taggiascatypical Ligurian, sweet and delicate, the Coratinavery rich in polyphenols and very intense in flavor which is instead typical of Puglia, the Sicilian one Biancolilla which is among the finest in Italy and loved for its balance. Finally the Greek Athinolia which is an ancient cultivar that gives very fresh and fruity oils rediscovered by the company, and the Spanish Arbequinawith a velvety and harmonious flavour.

Why try

Discovering them in a guided tasting will not only teach you to better understand the great world that revolves around one of the cornerstone foods of the Mediterranean diet, but it will even make you learn something more about your tastes, because you will have to think before choosing. In fact, your personalized bottle will contain a blend of your favorite cultivars. At the end of the tasting you will also return home with a certificate of participation, and above all much more awareness.

How to participate

«This project was born from the desire to share, in a simple way, the peculiarities and richness of the work of Fratelli Carli who, every day, creates oils with a unique and characteristic organoleptic profile, signing them with his own name and certifying every drop, writes Fratelli Carli in presenting it. There are 18 stages of the “L’Origine sei tu” event, between different cities in Northern Italy, each session lasts an hour and each date includes 4 sessions with these times: 10:00, 11:30, 15:00, 5pm.
The cost of the experience is 15 euros, and to participate you must book. All the details on www.oliocarli.it/lorigineseitu together with the dates and other useful information to participate.

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