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High Quality Supermarket Olive Oil

Discussion in 'off topic' started by mandryka, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    I'm talking about an oil you use for a dressing, not for cooking. An oil which will not be heated.

    Anything special in the big supermarket chains?
  2. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  3. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Depends on how much flavour you want from it I think.
    Full flavoured, as in the best Italian oils, would be Waitrose 1 PDO Chianti Classico oil. Pricey, but really special.
    Tesco finest Sicilian is close and about half the price of the above. Best value 'special' oil by a way we thought.
    Some way below these in flavour, but a good all round dressing oil is Sainsbury's Toscano PGI.
    This info is all from Which mag, some time back. We tried all the above, and now buy the Sainsburys when we are near one. It's much lighter in flavour that than two 'winners' but a faultless 'basic' dressing oil, well balanced IMO.
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  4. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    We like the Aldi extra virgin Greek stuff. It’s delicious and a bargain to boot.
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  5. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    On the Independent list, we’ve had the unfiltered stuff at £7.50 and it’s very good. That’s in the context of us liking a more robust, rustic flavour. It’s very good dribbled over a classic bruschetta of roasted capsicum and a bit like buttered toast, it needs to be poured until it’s showing through the bottom of the garlic-rubbed toast.
    For cooking, Aldi EV is fine for us.
  6. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    just to note that that Indi list isn't really 'the big supermarket chains' that the OP asked about.
  7. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    There is no good supermarket olive oil, period.

    I buy it online from the organic farmers at La Fare des Oliviers in France. Not cheap though, at € 17 for 75 cl. But entirely worth it—I didn't like olive oil before, and now I love it!
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  8. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Only you can decide. Do you like the dark green stuff or the lighter yellow oils? Greek, Italian or Spanish? Buy a few and taste them.
  9. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Not in france maybe, but here in the UK we have much better food these days. Poor old France. Used to lead the world in all things food. What happened? :)
  10. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Er... nothing. Just being picky perhaps.
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  11. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    That's interesting. In fact, I don't think I've ever tasted really excellent French olive oil, even in France.
  12. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    I like unfiltered oils, new and old.
  13. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

  14. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Yes, I want something I can just pick up on the High street I guess. But it's interesting if something can be easily and reliably ordered online.
  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  16. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

  17. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Any new good experiences? The two I was using as a result of this thread were Waitrose Chianti and Tesco Finest Sicilian -- I was about to reorder some of the Chianti and it's not available. So I thought I'd revive the thread before going for the Sicilian.

    I just noticed Oliveira Da Serra recommended by Tuga, maybe I should go for that.
  18. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  19. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    As @stevec67 suggests up-thread - it is all down to personal taste.

    I have been buying Tesco own brand extra virgin for several years and it has changed little or not at all in taste - I could quite happily make a meal of that and some nice crusty bread, nothing else. Not bad as a salad dressing oil, but rubbish for cooking most things.
  20. martin dawson

    martin dawson pfm Member

    I like unfiltered olive oil ( Italian of course ) Il Casolare extra Virgin.


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