Every year, after the end of summer, we excitedly wait for the Great Taste Awards. This year’s Great Taste Awards have been quite extraordinary and we are incredibly happy to share with you our awarded products! We were very touched by the judges’ kind and generous words of love, and we would like to extend our gratitude to all those who spent time tasting our food and offering thoughtful comments. Mostly, we would like to thank our producers, whose passion, love and care has created these wonderful Greek products. Of course, we wouldn’t be here without your love and support, especially during those challenging times of the last year. So as we share all these sparkly stars with our producers, all of our customers and our hard-working team, let us wish for a peaceful year ahead, with bright stars leading our way.

Without further ado, here are the awarded products and some of the judges’ comments!

3-Stars! Vanilla Fir Greek Honey

What a wonderful flavour, instantly transporting us to the hillsides of Greece!

This honey has an intriguing translucent appearance. The texture is thick and smooth, almost fudgy. The flavour of rich honey is complemented by lovely caramel and orange notes. At the end there are notes of orange and pine. A delicious honey.

The honey is exceptionally well balanced …this is a honey of the highest quality.

A good golden appearance and clarity, deep viscosity and an intense sweetness, despite the stated low concentration of sugars.

Rich velvety textured honey with a smooth flavour delivery.

Check out our recipes with honey!

 

2-Stars! Olive oil with apple, cinnamon, honey & sage

Fantastic aroma, full of character with hits of apple, walnuts and cinnamon on the nose. The complexity in the taste is good, with plenty of layers from the ingredients. Really enjoyable, full of flavour.

What a wonderful combination of flavours. The flavours are well balanced. We can think of many uses for this.

A beautifully complex oil, smooth and creamy and the palate goes through many phases discovering each of the different levels of flavour. An exciting product.

Check out our recipes with Apple Oil!

 

1-star! Unsalted Kalamata Olives

What an interesting proposition – we’ve not experienced unsalted olives before. ..we enjoyed the gentle nuances – at last we see how olives qualify as a fruit. A great bonus is that we could consume a lot of these with our glass of wine without reaching for water. And we can imagine fresh perspectives on a range of dishes these might complement in their gentle softness.

These olives have a mild, unchallenging flavour owing to having no salt. The flavour is natural and the fruity, meaty and oily notes from the olive come through nicely.

The description of the olive is appealing. The eat is dry and hard however and there is a strong bitterness without any fruitiness.

Check out our recipes with Olives!

 

1-Star! Greek Pistachios

Attractive, pink lipped shells with lovely nuts inside. Crisp, rich green kernels, generously salted, crunch enjoyably in the mouth to provide just the kind of snack experience that can really satisfy. Very nice.

Salty and moreish. Delicious pistachios with a slightly charred shell and a soft pink red hue. Green inside and a great snack.

A well rounded, lightly salted pistachio. Very enjoyable.

Check out our recipes with Pistachios!


We were so proud to receive the news for the Great Taste Awards! Every year we participate in Great Taste, the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards and we are always very excited when the results come in!

A panel of over 500 experts spent time tasting our lovely products and we are very proud to announce that we have five products with star ratings! Below are the awarded products and some of the judges’ comments. We can’t wait to celebrate!

18°C organic extra virgin olive oil *1 star*

This is the first olive oil of the season, made from unripe olives when they are still small and green. An olive oil with intense flavour and a unique grassy taste. Some of the judges’ comments:

Beautiful, richly coloured, green-gold olive oil with its warm, fruity and peppery aromas. Smooth and silky in texture, the oil dissipates on the palate to reveal its flavour profiles. Sweet meadow hay, buttery artichoke and fresh green almond notes are quickly followed by peppery, feisty young fruit flavours, daring and bold. An astringency plays around the edge of the palate leaving a natural vibrancy. This oil is fresh, lively and spirited.

This buttery light oil has a gentleness suitable for light salads.

Young, fun and delicious!

 

Ginger, Lime & Basil Olive Oil *1 star*

This special oil is made from semi-ripe olives crushed with ginger, lime and basil. It has a vibrant flavour and intense aromas. Some of the judges’ comments:

A deep golden coloured, clear oil with a warm ginger aroma. The flavours of ginger and basil are quite soft and mellow, well balanced with the richness of the oil. The oil has a gentle fruity flavour and is soft and smooth.

The basil was fresh and fragrant, and there was a lovely warmth from ginger followed by a little pepperiness from the oil. The texture was rich and smooth.

 

21°C organic extra virgin olive oil *1 star*

This special oil is made from semi ripe olives crushed with walnuts, purslane, and wild aromatic herbs giving a fresh taste that is full of flavour. Some of the judges’ comments:

Thick and buttery on the palate, it has a strong, lingering herbal flavour.

A gorgeous rich green olive oil positively glistening with natural goodness and tantalizing the palate with its aromas of sweet and aromatic fennel. Smooth and silky in the mouth…Brisk walnut flavours are followed by woody, resinous heady notes from rosemary…The peppery fruit flavours are present and bring a feisty little kick on the finish.

An interesting and intensely aromatic oil – the flavours are so clearly Greek. The fennel seeds provide a striking sweetness with a little bit of nutty bitterness from the walnuts.

 

Plain Kalamata olives *1 star*

These are the classic Kalamata olives. They have a great flavour and fleshy texture. Some of the judges’ comments:

A really rich reddish brown and plump, these olives pack a punch. The salt level is excellent and balances well with the bitterness. There’s hints of sweetness towards the end of the olive profile also present in the marinating oil.

Your Kalamata olives have such a wonderful black purple shine, and truly do look inviting… your olives are fruity in texture and flavour and deliver a truly traditional Kalamata taste.

These olives have a beautiful blackish brown colour, a shiny firm looking skin and a fruity aroma. The flesh is meaty but tender in the mouth and there is lots of upfront fruity sweetness and acidity followed by a pleasing touch of bitterness.

 

Kalamata olives with ouzo *1 star*
Kalamata olives, marinated in extra virgin olive oil, ouzo, lemon peel, star-anise and fennel to produce a unique Greek olive taste. Some of the judges’ comments:

Beautifully shiny Kalamata olives. There is a distinct aniseed/ouzo aroma. The olive flesh is soft and giving, coming off the stone well…the combination is very reminiscent of sitting at a harbour side bar with a bowl of olives and a iced glass of cloudy ouzo. The balance at the finish is long and good.

Wonderfully plump, glossy looking olives with a distinct aroma of ouzo. The olives are soft and juicy.

 

Have a look at exciting recipes with olive oil, flavoured olive oils, and olives all around our blog.

 


Today we are extremely proud and excited to share with you some wonderful news! We are thrilled to announce that this summer of our 10th anniversary, we have received our very first 3-star award in Great Taste 2019! Our favourite 17°C organic extra virgin olive oil has been rated as a 3-star product, the highest accolade in Great Taste 2019. From a record 12,772 entries only 208 products achieved a 3-star award, so as you can imagine this feels like the most beautiful anniversary present!

Our 17°C extra virgin olive oil is a limited production olive oil made from unripe olives, crushed with fresh lemons, oranges and thyme. It is single estate and single variety, made exclusively from Koroneiki olives, in our farm in Sparta, Greece. It is hand-harvested in early December every year, cold extracted and unfiltered.

Awards of the past include the LA International Olive Oil Competition of 2015 and of 2017 (Silver Medals), The Great Taste Awards of 2015 (1-star), and the Olive Japan in 2017 (Silver), gaining the second place in ranking for the Best Flavoured Olive Oils 2017 Worldwide.

We love pairing this olive oil with fresh white fish, roasted colourful vegetables and use it to create wonderful dressings for our summer tomato salads. We will have more recipes on our blog very soon, so watch this space!

And some of the judges’ words:

The epitome of what is possible when a product is made honestly with the highest quality ingredients. Simply superb. The lemon, and orange come through separately, but with symbiosis, to deliver a long silky citrus aftertaste.

The explosion of the individual flavours is really attractive, and yet the oil is piquant but also balanced and smooth, lacking the peppery hit at the end. This oil gives a flavoursome experience…The aromas are clean and a good length on the palate.

This oil has a beautiful golden colour and a smooth, rich buttery texture with clear discernible aromas of lemon and orange rather than any generic citrus. On the palate it’s a delicious, complex oil with the same citrus notes clearly apparent as well as the presence of thyme. There is a pepperiness that is well-balanced and not overpowering, so the other flavours can still be enjoyed. A true flavour journey and a great product that is long on the palate and leaves you wanting more.

And we are even more proud to share that this is not the only awarded produce!

Two of our olives received a two-star award! Our Kalamata Olives with Herbs and our Kalamata Olives with Lemon and Herbs received two stars each.

The judges’ words for the Kalamata Olives with Herbs:

Good shiny appearance and a pleasing aroma of herbs…The vinegar used with its addition of herbs adds fragrance and acidity, offsetting the olives’ richness…Beautiful soft texture with a pleasing meaty natural texture and flavour complemented by notes of herbs. A delight!

And for the Kalamata Olives with Lemon and Herbs:

…appealing to look at, uniform in size and a nice colour. We liked the zesty aroma in the oil. …they have an enjoyable texture and a juiciness and bite. We loved the zesty lemon flavour, the aromatic herbs and notes of honey blossom.  The kalamata olives here are tender, plump, and delicious, and worth an an award in their own right. The olive oil in which they sit, is simply delicious, and delivers a really authentic citrus edge. Overall a quite wonderful flavour combination. 

Have a look at exciting recipes with olives all around our blog.

And last, but definitely not least, our Orange Blossom Honey was also awarded with one star! Read a few of the judges’ own words below and find exciting recipes with honey here.

A beautiful texture, golden colour and a very elegant floral aroma of the orange blossom. The texture was smooth and melted in the mouth nicely. The flavour was rather beautiful, with lovely balance – plenty of the orange blossom flavour comes through, and there is a rich sweetness making for a very rounded and delicious honey.  

We promise to continue to offer you unique foods of exquisite taste, crafted with respect for the land and the people.

 


We are over the moon!
Our new season 22C evoo has just been awarded with a SILVER medal in the BIOL Prize 2019 – International Prize for the best organic extra virgin olive oil in the world. The olive oils were judged on their chemical analysis results and as well as their organoleptic characteristics.

This international organic olive oil competition took place in Bari, Italy in March 2019. We are extremely happy that for another year one of our oils was selected amongst hundreds of olive oil samples from around the world. This was a fantastic achievement for our harvest 2018/19 as we had to face some of the most challenging weather conditions in the lat 50 years.


This week we’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

The World Association of Journalists of Wine and Spirits announced a few weeks ago their World Rankings for extra virgin olive oil. These are based on a system in which each olive oil amasses points based on analysis of 28 international competition awards.

We are very proud that our Lemongrass and Tarragon Olive Oil received the highest ranking in the 2018 Condimento – Flavored Evoo category. And you have to consider, this was amongst more than nine thousand samples of olive oils from 30 countries! This is the first time that a Greek olive oil lands on the first place in this category. This is also the fifth international award that our Lemongrass and Tarragon Olive Oil receives in 2018.

Our Lemongrass and Tarragon Olive Oil is a special oil is made from semi ripe olives crushed with fresh lemongrass and tarragon. We use 1200g of semi-ripe olives to produce 100ml of this cold extracted oil. It is produced in Sparta using exclusively koroneiki olives, kalamon olives and koutsouroelia olives.

It has a very fresh flavour and intense aromas. And it pairs perfectly with fish and green vegetables. We have already prepared a vibrant zucchini, corn and feta salad with Lemongrass and Tarragon Olive Oil. Stay tuned for many more recipes using our newly awarded Olive Oil!


This week we’ve got some exciting news to share with you! Four of our wonderful products received Great Taste Awards! We are very proud to share them with you, as well as some of the judges’ comments. We look forward hearing your own comments –or tell us which of our products is a winner for you!

Pistachios – Roasted & slightly Salted
2 stars **

Greek pistachios are renowned for their wonderful flavour, their beautiful pink exteriors and vibrant green kernels. The area surrounding the island of Aegina combines optimal soil conditions and a perfect maritime climate. A pistachio growing zone par excellence, Aegina offers fresh, vibrant flavoured nuts. The judges commented on the rich, full, long lasting flavour and were impressed by their pink and green colour.

Some of our judges’comments write:
An unusually pink nut. The flavour is creamy and well balanced with just the right amount of salt; soft on the palate with the expected pale green interior’
‘Lovely charring which gives character and the fresh vibrant green of the nuts is very enticing..delightful crunch into a perfectly salted almost meaty nut was a sheer unadulterated pleasure’

Kalamata Olives with Ouzo
1 star *

These olives are from our single estate farm in Sparta, Greece. They are hand picked, unpasteurised and cured in fresh water. They are marinated in extra virgin olive oil, ouzo, star-anise and fennel to produce a unique Greek olive taste.

Some of our judges’comments write:

Very unusual innovation, and one we enjoyed. The olives are good quality and the ouzo goes right through the fruit until the last drop. The aniseed is very complementary and we loved them!’

22°C Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 star *

This mid harvest olive oil is made from semi ripe olives. It comes from our single estate farm in Sparta, Greece. It is single variety (koroneiki), and harvested by hand. Cold extracted up to 22°C and unfiltered, this olive oil has a mellow quality and a silky smooth texture.

Some of our judges’comments write:

‘A creamy mouthfeel. The flavour was subtle but with a good balance of spice and some herby, woody notes’
‘Lovely cut grass aroma; you are almost transported to the olive grove just by the nose’

Wild Thyme Honey
1 star *

Our wild thyme honey comes from the Taygetus mountains in Greece. It is a monofloral nectar honey from predominantly wild thyme flowers. It is, of course, raw: unfiltered and unpasteurised. With a lovely, golden colour, its intense, aromatic flavour lends it to a wide range of culinary uses.

Some of our judges’comments write:

‘Rich dark caramel colours with a herbaceous nose’
‘The palate is sweet with citrus notes running through it with a depth of flavour that transports you to the dusty depths of the bee keepers shed!’

 

We look forward to stocking up our pantry and cooking up wonderful recipes with these (awarded!) Greek products. Join us!

 


This week, our oregano oil producer Michalis Georgaras is writing about his new product, the amazing organic, extra virgin olive oil & oregano essential oil, awarded by the Health & Nutrition Committee of the World Olive Center for health with the Bronze standard of Excellence Award. We are very excited to read his story!

Sharing food is a ritual in Greece. It is a sacred time when family and friends gather around the table, share large platters of food, talk, fight and joke around. Indeed, food brings people together here in Greece. But we don’t just share food. Around the table we share feelings and ideas, our joys and sorrows. The most important social events, the warmest family gatherings, all of these happen over hearty meals. Food is the social glue that brings people together…and this is exactly how our new product came into being. We were inspired by this togetherness of people -and oils as a matter of fact.

The initial idea originated three years ago. We wanted to make a fine culinary product, an olive oil flavoured with the unique aroma of our oregano. Something that would be both tasty and with health benefits. It took us two years of intensive research to create what I consider to be the finest culinary oil I could possibly put together.

And it was food once again that brought people together. My wife Anastasia and myself started meeting olive oil producers from all over Greece and trying their best varieties of olive oil. After tasting over thirty different types of olive oil, some of the best our country has to offer, we found just what we were looking for:

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OLIVE JAPAN International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is one of the premier olive oil competitions in the world, bringing together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe. It takes place in the region of Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

The process of selecting and awarding olive oil has very strict quality criteria based on the International Olive Oil Council’s regulations and standards. The tasting selection was done by blind tasting from expert panel tasters of international prestige and stature. There was a large participation of olive oil from many oil producing countries worldwide such as Australia, China, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, U.S.

We are very proud to announce that our 18C evoo acquired a very high score (9,00 -9,50 / 10 points) and was awarded the GOLD MEDALIt is a great honor and recognition for our producer Sakellaropoulos Organic Estates.



We are over the moon as 6 of our products have been awarded stars at this year Great Taste Awards. Great Taste Awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. They have been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’.

We are really grateful for the wonderful feedback. Big thanks to the judges and of course our wonderful Greek producers that make us proud every year with their consistently superior quality and unbeatable flavours! Below you can read some of the judge’s comments.

18C evoo “Deep green unfiltered oil with a curiously creamy as well as green herbs, grass aroma. Greek mountain herbs on the palate; the bitterness does not overwhelm, despite the ‘green-ness’ . The pepper spike is sound. There is sweet fruit present also. This is intriguing. We do love the wealth of herbal flavours here. It’s certainly complex and balanced.”

21C “Really good aromas of rosemary and fennel on the nose, the oil has good texture, balanced flavours that marry well, the oil is fresh, interesting and very versatile.”

Apple Oil ‘Apple and cinnamon notes on the nose, the sage is well judged and doesn’t dominate. Smooth texture and well balanced flavours.”

Kalamata Olive Plain “Deep black and shiny in a lovely deep green oil with pepper and vinegar on the nose. Juicy yet firm with easy to pit fruit..”

Kalamata Olives with Lemon  “Beautiful, clean fresh lemon, delightful..”

Chestnut Honey  “A powerful yet subtle flavour that’s a welcoming difference from the norm, plus a really appealing appearance.”