What Makes a Great Garlic Flavored Olive Oil?
Appearance: High quality garlic flavored olive oil should have a yellow oil appearance. Aroma & Flavor: The aroma and flavor profiles should include a pronounced level of garlic flavor notes, with the olive oil intensity lower to remain in the background. The garlic flavor should be easily identifiable and the olive oil flavor should be clean and simple – not muddled. A high quality garlic olive oil will include powdered and roasted garlic notes to round out any sharpness from the raw garlic present. Basic Taste: The taste profile will include a slight bitter intensity from the olives. Texture: The texture of the olive oil should have some viscosity. There may be some “heat” intensity present and there should also be a lingering intensity of olive oil and garlic in the aftertaste. Application: In application, the intensity of the olive oil and garlic notes should remain discernible when eaten with mixed greens and on chicken. As in the flavor profile, the olive oil intensity should remain lower than the other notes. View Star Basil Cooking Oil Winner View Star Soy & Ginger Cooking Oil Winner View Star Chili Pepper Cooking Oil Winner
The visual quality of a food. Used to organize attributes such as color and consistency of size, it is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate food. The other dimensions are aroma, texture, flavor and taste. Example: The appearance of green olives includes attributes such as color (pale to dark) and consistency of size (inconsistent to consistent).
The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.
A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.
The expected levels of each basic taste in any given food; defines the overall taste balance. Example: The taste profile of baking chocolate is led by bitterness that is balanced by a low amount of sweetness.
The measurement of perceived bitterness in a particular food. Example: Brewed coffee sometimes has a strong bitter intensity.
A dimension used to organize attributes like mouthfeel, graininess and initial bite, it is one of the five dimensions used by ChefsBest Master Tasters to evaluate food. Example: Glazed popcorn will have a crunch texture. The texture of milk chocolate should be creamy and smooth.
The intensity of spiciness or the perceived warmth of food in the mouth. Example: Hot sauce has a distinct flavor, but it also possesses a heat component that warms the mouth.
The taste remaining in the mouth after eating or drinking; sometimes associated with unpleasant flavors or bitterness. Example: Some diet sweeteners contain notes of bitterness.