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The Olive Tap

Biscuit's picture

Ta-ta-da!!!!  I went to the farmers market a couple of weeks ago and found a man selling - of all things - olive oil and vinegars.  It's a place called "The Olive Tap" and he just opened a store here about 10 miles from my home:  http://www.theolivetap.com/


Of course I bought a fantastic EV olive oil and a tangerine balsamic vinegar, and I've been using both on everything - raw, of course.  I have one OO for cooking, but this one is so fruity and spicy I just dip things in it.  The Tangering balsamic is incredible, and I am generally not fond of flavored vinegars, but this is luscious.


I highly recommend their products.  They are really wonderful.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

sally ryan's picture

(post #37505, reply #1 of 16)

Tangerine balsamic sounds wonderful.  I have tried mango vinegar in the past and had forgotten all about it.  Sounds like it's time to go vinegar shopping!

Gretchen's picture

(post #37505, reply #2 of 16)

So which oil did you get?  It is interesting that you describe it as "fruity and spicy" since I usually find them to be "either/or".  I love the spicy oils.  ;o)

Gretchen

Gretchen
Biscuit's picture

(post #37505, reply #3 of 16)

I ended up getting the Proprieter's Reserve from California.  I surprised myself by finding it tasted the best to me - I tried about 10 different oils.  I thought I'd like the Spanish or Italian or Greek best, but I didn't.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Gretchen's picture

(post #37505, reply #4 of 16)

I love it when you can taste them all. We did that at O&Co. in Paris.  I have ordered some Picual from LaTienda in the past and it is nice. Surprisingly mild I think I found.

Gretchen

Gretchen
thecooktoo's picture

(post #37505, reply #5 of 16)

I just picked up a new EVOO at Sams Club last night, had not seen it before.  It is their brand (Members Mark) and is an organic Tuscan oil.  Really nice, peppery taste, smooth and buttery mouth feel...I think I'm going to like this one.


Jim

Gretchen's picture

(post #37505, reply #6 of 16)

I no longer belong to Sam's but I'm pretty sure I've had that. It may have originally been called "Star", which I thought was a truly unimaginative name for a really delicious oil.

Gretchen

Gretchen
thecooktoo's picture

(post #37505, reply #7 of 16)

Could well be...this is a liter bottle, tall, round and slender with an extended thinner neck.


Really good oil, I was impressed.  And particularly for the price!


Jim

Carole4's picture

(post #37505, reply #8 of 16)

Good thread. Friends and I make little road trips about once a month and last month it was to the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona. What a surprise! Who would have thunk!! It's about 45 miles from Phoenix.

<http://www.queencreekolivemill.com/>

Gretchen's picture

(post #37505, reply #9 of 16)

Yes, it is nice to get those. My experience with the Costco Italian oil is that it sells out in the early fall, so if you like this, you might want to get another bottle.

Gretchen

Gretchen
thecooktoo's picture

(post #37505, reply #10 of 16)

I always pick up one from Costco and still get three from Francisco in Tuscany...down from 12.  Boy, the Euro-Dollar exchange is killing me.


Jim

Gretchen's picture

(post #37505, reply #11 of 16)

Do you ever get the French oils?


Gretchen
Gretchen
thecooktoo's picture

(post #37505, reply #12 of 16)

On occasion, but I really prefer both Spanish and Greek oils for everything except salads.  The peppery finish in Italian oils is great for the salad, but for most other uses I like Greek, then Spanish.  A good inexpensive Spanish oil is Goya...it's from both Spain and Morocco and Tunisia, but a good general purpose EVOO that is not too expensive.


In fact I am doing a class next week featuring halibut poached in olive oil and I am using the Goya oil because  I don't want the overpowering flavors of the Italian oils to wipe out the flavors of the halibut.


Jim

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #37505, reply #13 of 16)

So is this what you'll be sending me for my birthday?

Biscuit's picture

(post #37505, reply #14 of 16)

(G)  Actually, I was thinking they'd make a great birthday present...

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #37505, reply #15 of 16)

my birthday is coming up!


tangent: where are the pictures of your new bathroom, woman?


~RuthAnn


~RuthAnn

Biscuit's picture

(post #37505, reply #16 of 16)

Bathroom is tiled, but not grouted.  So it's still a big empty at this point.  If you like I'll send you pics of what it looks like now, but know that it's still in the construction phase...


The glass tile is AWESOME, though! (G)


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw