Not too long ago I was sent a couple of little sample bottles of olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar from a company called Olive Tap. With all the moving and redoing of the kitchen that was going on, we were not cooking too many meals so it took some time to get to try it out. When we did though both the olive oil and balsa vinegar got rave reviews.
We tried the Tuscan Herb olive oil in couscous. All the kids loved the couscous that night and ate several helpings. We did plain couscous and only had the olive oil as the accent in it. Worked perfectly! There are a number of different olive oils available through Olive Tap. Regular Extra Virgin to flavored. I am a huge fan of flavored oils and love having them on hand for different tastes in a simple dish.
When it comes to balsamic vinegar I am no whiz. I do know the darker and thicker the liquid the better aged it is. So when we were sent the Aceto Balsamico Di Modeno, I was at a loss on whether I should do something special with it. In the end I decided that I would use it in my favorite salad dressing. The aged balsamic vinegar worked perfectly. Now the sample I was sent is a 4 leaf quality which translates to it was aged for 18 years. I was really happy with the taste of the vinegar. It wasn’t over-powering at all, and blended well with the oil and herbs in the salad dressing.
After peeking through the website and online store a little bit, I am itching to try out some of the spices and herbs they offer. You can also find gourmet olives to impress the boss at the next party, sauces and marinades (Chad would really love that Chipotle Roasted Garlic Grille Sauce), and even tapenades. If you are looking for something special to serve them in check out the selection of dip chillers and dip bakers.
Prices are affordable at Olive Tap and compared with the quality of the product you are getting, it is a steal! If you are always looking for new and different oils try joining the Olive Oil and Vinegar Club. You receive up to 3 bottles of flavored seasonal oils and vinegars, member only discounts, pour spouts with your bottles, and more. Along with the club, they offer gift baskets starting at $19.95.
Check out Olive Tap for your next gourmet oil purchase!