Catas - Denominación Origen Sierra Cazorla

What is a tasting?

A tasting is the organoleptic evaluation of the product. It is a description that comes from the smell-taste sensations the oil gives out. One of the positive qualities oil has is fruitiness, which is defined as the collection of sensations characteristic of the oil - depending on the variety of olives - that are similar to healthy and fresh, unripe or ripe fruit and perceived directly or through the nose.

Positive attributes

Fruitiness: Flavour reminiscent of the smell and taste of healthy fruit that has been freshly picked at its optimum ripeness. Bitter and Spicy fuse at different intensities in oils of the Picual variety.

Negative attributes which oils rejected by the Regulatory Board do not have:

- Fusty- Fusty taste specific to oil due to the piling up of the olives which causes an advanced degree of anaerobic fermentation.

-Musty-humid - Characteristic flavour of oil from olives in which large numbers of fungi and yeasts have developed as a result of storage for several days in humid conditions.

- Muddy sediment- Characteristic flavour of oil that has remained in contact with sediment in vats and/or tanks.

- Winey-vinegary- Characteristic flavour of certain oils reminiscent of wine or vinegar.

- Metallic- Flavour reminiscent of metals. It is characteristic of oil that has been in prolonged contact with metal surfaces that are not stainless steel, which transfers abnormal flavours and aromas to the oil, during crushing, mixing, pressing or storage.

- Rancid- Flavour of oils that have undergone a process of oxidation.

How and who performs a Tasting? 

The tasting or organoleptic assessment is performed by a panel consisting of at least eight people. These people, who in our case are from this region, undergo training until their senses are able to identify these different attributes. Several weekly tastings have been held where different oils coming from registered entities are evaluated in a location conditioned for that purpose and with the appropriate materials. A blue glass is used to ensure colour does not influence the process, as colour is not a parameter that defines quality.