Olive trees and grape vines have an affinity for the same type of climate. Just as changes in weather conditions affect wine vintages, so too are olives affected. Extra Virgin olive oils possess similar nuanced aromas and flavours as wine and vary from one harvest to another. And, just like wine, aficionados of great EVOO have taken to tasting the oil similar to the way wine experts taste wines. The process is known as Slurping.

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How to Properly Slurp

Pour 1 ounce of Extra Virgin olive oil in to a red wine glass or similar.
Place one hand under the bowl of the glass to provide warmth to the oil and place your other hand over the glass to capture the aroma.
Gently swirl the oil for 20-30 seconds to increase temperature and release aroma.
Remove the hand covering the glass and sniff the array of aromas released from the oil - try to describe the oil’s aroma like you would wine, for example; grassy, fruity, banana, mild, buttery.
Finally, "slurp" the oil as you would wine by sipping oil and aerating the oil within your mouth, thus distributing the taste.

Note the flavours you experience as you did the aromas.

We have named an experienced slurper an Ollivier (Ol-iv-e-A). It is not recommended to slurp inferior oils