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    Smile Premium Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

    So here in Richmond, we have a business called, The Tap Room.

    For my birthday, my best friend gave me several very nice gifts, but one thing she gifted me with was a particular 12 year aged balsamic vinegar that came from The Tap Room. I have been meaning to get there, but to be honest, just basically forgot about the place.

    So I have known for quite some time that "extra virgin olive oil" usually wasn't first pressed, pure, olive oil. But I didn't know how good "premium" olive oil is, or the flavors you could get (other than truffle oil). So the balsamic vinegar blew my mind. I had never tasted anything like it, ever.

    I went to the Tap Room website and started reading and the butter olive oil sounded incredible. I knew then that I had to go to the Taproom and see what they had. Ok....soooooo....my mind was blown! The butter olive oil tastes EXACTLY like butter! I got some blackberry/ginger balsamic vinegar, and some peach white vinegar. But I tasted many more and they were all mind-blowing. My son purchased the expresso flavor vinegar. I have been using the vinegar over a large chocolate raw cookie I make and also I just used it on some fresh peaches and figs.....unbelievable stuff; like syrup. You could literally use the stuff on pancakes, it's so good.

    My son got the wild mushroom and sage olive oil....phew! I could go on and on, but if you can think of a flavor, I'm sure they have it (they have a Thai and Mexican flavored olive oil!).

    If you guys don't have one of these places, you're missing out. It's not cheap, but probably cheaper than most "premium" olive oils you'd find in a specialty food place that sells gourmet food.

    Check out their website: http://theoliveoiltaproom.com/

    DEFINITELY educate yourself and read all about premium olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars!

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    I'm a huge fan of olive oil and balsamic vinegar...though I prefer not to use the premium stuff unless it's for salad dressings, or a dip of some sort applied directly to the food. When you cook using the premium oil it loses some of it's flavor, and if I'm going to pay that much I DEFINITELY want to be able to taste it.

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    Me too....I have used what I thought was EVOO for years, but we read a consumer report a few years ago that broke the news to us, but what can ya do? So glad I found out about the Tap Room. Do you guys have a place like that where you live, Lista? It's really like night and day, compared to what you find in the grocery store, though Trader Joe's has a great Tunisian olive oil they have in a metal canister, which The Tap Room says is how it's supposed to be stored until you are going to use it. When you do a tasting, everything is in metal canisters, on tap. After you decide what you want, that is when they bottle it and label it. But you can taste as many as you want. They literally have at least 50-75 different oils and vinegars. This is not what you find in the grocery store. Premium is not what is called, "extra virgin"!

    The butter flavor olive oil is unbelievable. I even put some in my oatmeal!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lista View Post
    I'm a huge fan of olive oil and balsamic vinegar...though I prefer not to use the premium stuff unless it's for salad dressings, or a dip of some sort applied directly to the food. When you cook using the premium oil it loses some of it's flavor, and if I'm going to pay that much I DEFINITELY want to be able to taste it.

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    I LOVE olive oil.

    I especially love to put some in a small saucer, pepper, and dip rosemary bread in it. Also drizzled over mozzarella with some pepper and fresh basil. Drizzled over pasta too. And whatever else it works on. :)

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    I buy the extra virgin organic olive oil from Costco because I use so much of it. I haven't bought any really nice oil in a LONG time. Nothing like what you're talking about here...we do have a Trader Joe's, a Whole Foods, and a few other "specialty" shops.

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    I'm trying to explain to you guys...if you have never tasted the "premium" olive oil, then you havn't had the good stuff! If you think the grocery store stuff is fantastic, you havn't tasted anything yet!

    Having said that, what sent me to The Tap Room was coming home from meeting my best friend for lunch, opening the balsamic vinegar, mixing it with some EVOO, and dipping some bread in it. I was really blown out of the water. I had NEVER tasted balsamic like that. EVER.

    I'm going back this week sometime and do some more sampling.

    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    I LOVE olive oil.

    I especially love to put some in a small saucer, pepper, and dip rosemary bread in it. Also drizzled over mozzarella with some pepper and fresh basil. Drizzled over pasta too. And whatever else it works on. :)

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    The Trader Joe's stuff is super cheap. Their kalamata EVOO is unbelievable! Love that stuff!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lista View Post
    I buy the extra virgin organic olive oil from Costco because I use so much of it. I haven't bought any really nice oil in a LONG time. Nothing like what you're talking about here...we do have a Trader Joe's, a Whole Foods, and a few other "specialty" shops.

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    Okey Dokey Catchy, we will HAVE to go to one of the stores the next time I'm thataways

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    What about "Extra Virgin" Olive Oil?

    Is that like Olive Oil nobody has ever thought about using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Truck View Post
    What about "Extra Virgin" Olive Oil?

    Is that like Olive Oil nobody has ever thought about using?

    That was Olive before she married Popeye

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