myths and facts taste of olive oil

Myth – The presence of a bitter and/or spicy taste in olive oil is a defect.

Fact – The sense of a bitter taste in the mouth and/or a spicy taste in the throat are factors of a superior quality olive oil. The intensity of bitter and spicy taste determines the content of phenols in an olive oil, a valuable component for the health of the human body and the product itself. Detecting the intensity of the two characteristics in combination with the detection of the fruity aroma, constitute the organoleptic evaluation of an olive oil.