18/06/2021 – 10:29
Spanish extra virgin olive oils have been those that have achieved the highest number of recognitions in the Olive Japan International Extra Olive Oil Competition 2021, delivered by the Olive Oil Sommeliers Association of Japan (OSAJ). Only Italy has managed to maintain the rate compared to the rest of the nations.
The organization of the awards received a total of 811 references of extra virgin olive oils from 27 countries, registering the highest number of contestants since 2012. A good reception that has allowed them to deliver 10 premier medals (the highest award), 10 ‘Toshiya Tada Special Olive Oil Sommelier’ awards (finalists for premier), 342 gold medals and 318 silver medals.
Of this large number of awards, Spain, which had presented 231 brands, has won 63 silver, 133 gold and 5 premier medals. Spain has been the country that has achieved the most medals in each category except for the premier, as Italy also added five flags. Here are the five Spanish extra virgin olive oils that received the highest recognition.
1. Castillo de Salvatierra Cornicabra extra virgin early harvest (Castilla La Mancha)
This extra virgin olive oil of the cornicabra variety stands out for its medium-high fruity, bitter and medium-high spiciness. The notes are clearly green, highlighting the leaf, wood and almond. However, it enters the mouth sweet, but ends in bitterness, astringency and a lingering spiciness.
RRP: 500 ml bottle, 10, 50 euros.
2. Cladivm hojiblanca (Córdoba)
This extra virgin oil of the hojiblanca variety stands out, explains its producers, for its intense green olive fruitiness. On the nose, apple, freshly cut green grass, tomato, alloza, aromatic herbs and banana stand out, the whole set being balanced. On the palate it is very aromatic, persistent, with a sweet entry with moderate bitter and spicy progress.
RRP: 500 ml bottle, 11 euros.
3. Knolive Epicure (Córdoba)
This extra virgin olive oil is a mixture of the hojiblanca and picuda varieties. It stands out for its green color with golden reflections, its explosion of fresh and fruity aromas of apple and ripe green olives and for a flavor of tomato, freshly cut grass and fresh almond. The end is characterized by bitter and spicy notes.
RRP: 500 ml bottle, 18.75 euros.
4. Premium composition Melgarejo (Jaén)
This extra virgin olive oil in a cutting containing the picual, frantoio, hojiblanca and arbequina varieties. Its aroma is fruity and its flavor stands out for its intensity and complexity, thanks to its sweet base with a slight bitter touch and a delicate spice: an elegant, balanced and complex combination that envelops the entire mouth.
RRP: 500 ml bottle, 12 euros.
5. Oro del Desierto Picual (Almería)
This limited production extra virgin olive oil stands out for its intense green color, with golden reflections. Herbaceous aromas predominate on the nose over fruit trees. In the mouth, for its part, it has a medium bitterness and an itch that appears gradually.
RRP: 500 ml bottle, 10 euros.