An Oil of Great Character
This year, among the very good olive oils we made, Tehama Blend is the one that seems to me the most achieved. It’s an olive oil of great character and unusual vividness.
Picual and Mission Shine with Proper Milling Techniques
Also, it’s an interesting case in terms of its two cultivars, Picual and Mission (present in the blend in equal parts), which have come into their own just recently with proper milling techniques.
Picual is an Andalusian cultivar. Its presence in Southern Spain is enormous. Picture that just the province of Jaen alone makes approximately 20–25% of the olive oil of the entire world and almost 90% is Picual. When mass made, with no care, with over-ripe olives and milled with high temperatures (an extended practice to maximize yields), Picual tends to have initial degrees of fermentations and can be very unpleasant.
In the past, Mission, our Californian variety, was not seen with much esteem either. Most of the olive oils made out of it were unpleasantly bitter or plain flat and often with not elegant aromas and short shelf lives. Continue reading Enjoying Pacific Sun Olive Oils / Tehama Blend