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Taste Test: The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Photo: Randy Mayor
We tested 14 well-priced EVOOs that pass the authenticity test of Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity, meaning they are not cut with cheaper oils.


California Olive Ranch Arbosana Extra Virgin Olive Oil $12 (16.9 fluid ounces)

This oil boasts a strong and slightly aggressive bite, but it's balanced beautifully with a deep, creamy richness. It's bright and buttery—like a firm avocado—and it ends with a faintly floral finish. It's a go-to oil for everything from salad dressings to soup drizzles, even dessert.


Corto Olive Co. 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil $8 (17 fluid ounces)

This one has loads of character packed into the tiniest of pours. It starts bright, even green-grassy. A stout peppery punch shows up at the end. It was by far the most pungent oil we tasted—it begs to have crusty bread dipped in it—but is balanced enough for a simple pasta or seafood dish.