Last updated on November 28th, 2016
If you’re looking for a good, high-quality olive oil to cook with or drizzle without abandon onto your favorite foods, I’m happy to tell you that I’ve finally found it, and I’ve even scored us a 10% discount!
I think I’ve admitted my salt obsession before, but what you don’t know is that I’m also addicted to olive oil. Is there anything more tasty than a plate of tomatoes with basil, salt and a healthy drizzle of olive oil? I cook with it. I pour it on the top of pasta. I saturate bread with it to make croutons. I poach things in it. I’d even drink it straight if that was acceptable. So when I was introduced recently to Aceites Abril brand of Spanish extra virgin olive oil, I was really excited to try it.
Did you know that almost 70% of all extra virgin olive oils sold in the store in the U.S. are fake? There was a study done by UC Davis to discern which of the top brands of olive oil were actually worth buying, and many of them are not. They are oxidized, refined or mixed with lessor-quality oils. That just makes it all the more important to understand how to identify good quality olive oil.
The harvest date, the region it was produced in, and the varieties used to make it are the most important factors. I would also add that it should be packaged in a dark-tinted bottle that won’t allow light in, which can spoil the oil.
When I received the Aceites Abril, I was happy to see that it was in a dark-colored plastic bottle. It is cold-pressed and non-refined — a blend of three Spanish varieties: Hojiblanca, Picual and Arbequina olives, obtained for a single source in Spain. (Read more about what makes Aceites Abril a trusted, high-quality brand).
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The true test of the quality of the olive oil, of course, is in the taste and smell. If it’s flavorless and boring, it doesn’t really matter what the bottle looks like. I like to try a spoonful of the oil before I decide if it will make the cut. I look for a strong young olive scent, like I just cracked open a fresh olive straight from the tree. From the first sip, I expect a lingering peppery burn in the back of my throat, which lets me know it’s fresh and packed with antioxidants.
Aceites Abril has all of those qualities. It scent is fresh and robust. The peppery burn lingers but doesn’t overwhelm. The taste is mild – slightly nutty with a hint of herb and apple. I got the feeling it would be a great cooking oil, as its flavor was mild, so it wouldn’t overpower the flavor of more delicate foods, and I was absolutely right!
I put it to the test immediate in two separate taste tests — one of my favorite snacks and a recipe that involves using olive oil to poach or confit green olives (I know, olives cooked in olive oil! Double yum!).
As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things to eat is tomatoes with olive oil drizzled over the top. This requires the use of only the freshest, best tasting oil. A bold olive oil enhances the acidity and brightness of the tomatoes. Aceites Abril was just peppery and aromatic enough to elevate the tomatoes, without stealing the show, as some more pungent olive oils do.
But how would it hold up as a poaching oil? I had to know, so I loaded a bunch of gorgeous, plump Castelvetrano olives into a sauce pan and poured the Aceites Abril over the top to cover them. On a side note, I love the pouring spout on the bottle. It wasn’t a tediously slow pour, but it didn’t come bursting out of the spout either. It had a flow regulator so I could pour it as slowly or as quickly as I wanted by squeezing the plastic bottle.
It takes about an hour to poach the Castelvetrano olives in the olive oil. When I finally removed them, I was glad to see that the Aceites Abril olive oil held up nicely after all that time. I was able to reuse it for other purposes, rather than having to throw it out. The olives turned out great! (Get the recipe for these citrus and herb marinated olives here!)
Aceites Abril passed all of my taste and cooking tests. It’s the real thing! I can’t tell you how excited I am about that.
To celebrate, I worked out a deal to offer you 10% off your order when you buy Aceites Abril. Here’s the link to order. When you check out, be sure to use the coupon code: SavoredJourneys to receive 10% off your order!
If you’re not convinced yet, here are the specifications that you probably want to know before buying:
- 100% Real Deal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Hojiblanca, Picual, Arbequina Olive Varieties
- Harvest Period: November to December
- 33.9FL Oz./Flexible Hard Plastic Bottle, Dark Colored
- Certified Kosher Star-K
- BRC,IFS,ISO 9001/14001 Quality Certifications
- Favored by Top Chefs around the World
The Aceites Abril olive oil company in Ourense, Spain, is a time-tested, family-owned company committed to producing the highest quality olive oils for over 50 years.
(Note: I was given a free sample of Aceites Abril for the purposes of providing this review. However, all thoughts expressed here are my own, unbiased opinions. I do not receive a commission or portion of any purchase you might make.)