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Olive oils vary as widely as wine does. Each oil can taste different depending on where it's grown or when it's harvested: from mild to robust, gentle to spicy. Some are meant for cooking, while others taste best with zero exposure to heat.
With the hundreds of brands of olive oil on the market, it can be a challenge to decide what's best for each application. I picked 25 bottlings of some of the most popular brands on the market right now, and tasted each of them in the traditional style: swirled, sniffed, then sipped and aerated in the mouth, then used them in various cooking applications over the course of a month to see how they performed in real life.
The best olive oil in 2022:
Best olive oil overall: Corto Truly, $0.74 per ounce. Besides being a great olive oil in general, Corto Truly comes packaged in a well-designed 3-liter box that prevents its contents from oxidation.
Best Olive Oil Overall
Besides being a great olive oil in general, Corto Truly comes packaged in a well-designed 3-liter box that prevents its contents from oxidation.
- Origin: California
- Olive varieties: A blend of Arbequina, Arbosana, Koroneiki
- Tasting Notes: Hints of fresh hay and fruit, mild spiciness, and light mouthfeel
If you use extra virgin olive oil on just about everything, go through big bottles quickly, and want the best bang for your buck, then this option from Corto belongs in your pantry. This California-based company offers its Truly pressing in an economical 3-liter format that is packed in a "Flavorlock" box to protect your precious olive oil from air, preventing your stash from oxidizing prematurely.
Truly is a cold-extracted blend of Arbequina, Arbosana, and Koroneiki olives, and gives off fruity notes with a hint of fresh hay, and feels light in the mouth. The light flavor profile makes it suitable for use in cooking and baking, but it also has enough flavor to use for dipping or drizzling over pasta. It's a wonderfully versatile extra virgin olive oil, and once you have a box on hand, you'll have the ability to be super generous with how much you're using — perfect for my current olive oil cake baking phase.
Purchase a 3-liter pantry-sized box for $70.