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Most people’s experience with olive oil is the relatively flavorless oil that comes out of big bottles from the grocery store. Recently there have even been issues with some of the big name olive oils found on the shelf that didn’t even meet the minimum quality standards for olive oil as set by the International Olive Council. So when Dianne Hinaris of The Olive Table contacted us about her company which features premium quality extra virgin olive oil from her family property in Greece, we were excited to try some samples of her products and write up a review about what we thought. Dianne sent us out a couple of free samples of their olive oils and some honey to try out.
The Olive Table imports premium quality, single estate extra virgin olive oils from their family property in Greece. Owned by their family for more than 100 years, the Hinaris family has been making olive oil for three generations, making olive oil a family tradition. Located in the southwestern part of Greece, the family plantations are in a climate renowned for olive growing. By controlling their supply source, The Olive Table is able to control every part of the olive oil production process, ensuring that the customer will receive a top quality product.
Olive Table offer two single estate extra virgin olive oils from 100% Koroneiki olives – a conventional and a certified organic early harvest. The conventional oil is a light, delicate intensity oil and the early harvest oil is a greener, sharper-tasting oil with a bit more bitterness. Both olive oils are richly flavored, which means these olive oils actually have a flavor that is delicious, and very much unlike those flavorless big name oils. The oils are cold extracted, unfiltered, low in free fatty acids and high in exceptionally high in polyphenols (a fancy naturally occurring compound that is supposed to help reduce the risk of a medley of health issues!) We enjoyed the olive oils, especially their early harvest olive oil, which had a very rich bold olive flavor that was amazing with a fresh baguette from one of our local bakeries, Le Petit Paris. Both oils were also delicious when mixed with a nice balsamic vinegar.