A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Atlas Olive Oils on whether I would be interested in sampling and reviewing some of their high quality Olive Oils. Fancy Shcmancy olive oils? Sign me up!
A couple weeks later and I had almost forgot about the olive oils. That is until yesterday when I received a fairly beat up package containing two lovely bottles and a shipping slip that claimed they had journeyed all the way from Casablanca, Morocco. There was not messing around with these bottles of Olive Oil, they were legit, straight from the Atlas Olive Oils Estate itself.
Granted I know nothing about Olive Oils, but anything that has traveled so far and comes in a pretty bottle has to be good.
I was sent two bottles of their top of the line Olive Oils.
First the Desert Miracle.
From the literature:
Desert is known worldwide for being the extra virgin olive oil made in the Desert of Morocco. The oil is fruity (artichoke, banana), soft, sweet, and very pleasant in the mouth.It is one of the few olive oils in the world to have a low 0,1 – 0,2 acidity.
Second the Les Terrioirs De Marrakech
From the literature:
The Les Terrioirs De Marrakech oil is fruity (fresh herbs, apple, mint) but more robust as it is more peppery in the throat and bitterer in the mouth palate. It is only 0,2 acidity.
I like how the olive oil descriptions all reminded me of wine descriptions. I think it takes a certain trained tounge to really tell the difference. Just as I can not taste fruit, flowers or herbs in wine, I could sadly not detect them in the olive oils either.
That did not mean I was not excited to sample the Les Terrois de Marrackech in my lunch today.
I made a simple tomato salad of Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Feta, and Steamed Brussel Sprouts which I drizzled with some of the Les Terrois de Marrackech and Balsamic Vinegar.
This salad was basically amazing So refreshing and so perfect for the still hot summer weather e are experiencing.
Could I taste the difference between this olive oil and my standard Publix brand? Well, no. But, I think I it would be fun to do a side by side blind taste testing to really see if there is a difference.
Granted I can not tell the difference between a $6 bottle of wine and a $50 bottle of wine either.
I mixed and matched my seasonal favorites by pairing a very fall inspired Pumpkin Biscuit with Cranberry Apple Chutney with the summer salad.
And to round it all out I had some Cantaloupe.
Mid-morning I snacked on a Dark Mocha Almond Kashi Bar.
Have you ever had fancy olive oil? Could you taste the difference?