Oro Bailen Arbequina is featured in the Times Selection of the Best Olive Oils in the UK buy the best olive oil in the UK online

Oro Bailen Arbequina is featured in the Times Selection of the Best Olive Oils in the UK

We are delighted to see Oro Bailen's arbequina extra virgin olive oil, one of our most popular premium olive oils featured in the list of the best olive oils in the taste analysis by the Times published in January 2022.

Oro Bailen's arbequina extra virgin olive oil is an early harvest single estate, single variety cold extracted olive oil produced near Jaen in Andalusia in October 2021. It is a delicious mild to medium fruity olive oil with a slightly spicy finish which is very versatile. It is particularly well-suited for salads, grilled fish and chicken.

The early havest arbequina has won Great Taste Awards in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 in adddition to many international recognitions. 


January 31, 2022 — Admin account
New harvest olive oil by the Artisan Olive Oil Company, buy the best extra virgin olive oil online uk

A Buyer's Guide To New Season Olive Oils

Most of our early harvest oils are produced between October and early December. The timing is driven by the region of Provenance, the olive variety as well as weather conditions. In Andalusia, our partner Oro Bailen, one of the world's most awarded olive oil producers, starts with a mini mill, extracting a small quantity of oil every day from the beginning of October to find the optimal profile. Once it has been identified, the harvest happens very quickly and the oil is cold extracted within a few hours to capture its full freshness.

For our review of the 2021/2022, we have selected a few of our early harvest olive oils.


Frantoio Franci, our partner from Tuscany, has launched a new delicate early harvest extra virgin olive oil: Bella. Delicate, fresh, fruity with a slightly spicy finish, it is a delicious Italian olive oil which can be used on most dishes and in particular salads and anti-pasti. 

Franci Delicate Bella Extra Virgin Olive Oil New Harvest 2021/2022
We have also brought in Anteprima 2022, which is the very oil produced by Frantoio Franci. It is a medium to to intensely fruity oil, created from the Frantoio,  Moraiolo and Leccino varieties. This is perfect Tuscan oil for dipping or drizzling on tomato and mozzarella. 
We have been busy tasting the new olive juices from Andalusia by Oro Bailen. We wanted to highlight two of their monocultivars in particular: the 2021/2022 arbequina with a beautifully fruity flavour which has made one of our most-popular premium olive oils ; 
Oro Bailen arbequina 2021 harvest Spanish extra virgin olive oil
the second one is the picual, the flagship premium olive  oil of Oro Bailen, elegant and complex taste with herbal and fruity aromas and a spicy finish.


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The Independent review of the best olive oils 2022

We are delighted to see two of our oils featured in the Independent review of the best olive oil oils 2022: 

Oro Bailen Arbequina: has been ranked the best for subtle fruitiness

Franci Villa Magra Grand Cru was ranked the best for intense fruitiness

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Best book on olive oils, see the recommendation of the artisan olive oil company

The best books on extra virgin olive oil

Given the vast number of brands, farms and producers available to the British consumers, we have selected 3 of our favourite books about the world of extra virgin olive oil. 

The first one is Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller, an American journalist who lives in Liguria and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and National Geographic and who has done extensive research about the production and marketing of olive oil. A truly fascinating book. Here is a review by the Guardian.  

Extra Virginity book by Tom Muller
The second is the Olive Oil Diet: Nutritional Secrets of the Original Superfood by Dr Simon Poole and Judy Ridgway. Written by two of the most respected olive oil specialists in the UK, the book analyses the impact of diverse olive oil varieties, farming and production methods on health benefits and flavour profile, with many delicious recipes. 
Olive Oil Diet by Dr Simon Poole and Judy Ridgway
The last one is the Flos Olei guide by Marco Oreggia. Published every year with a review of over 700 extra virgin olive oils from over 50 countries. The guide is a gold mine to discover new olive oils, learn more about olive oil farms, varieties and food pairing suggestions. 
August 18, 2021 — Admin account
Olives harvest at Frantoio Franci in Tuscany

Buy the world's best olive oils 2020 / 2021

The new 2020/2021 harvest is finished and we had the opportunity to taste many news oils. Whilst there have been significant changes in volumes of production around the Mediterranean, we continue to find real gems of carefully crafted premium olive oils from our partners. 

Frantoio Franci, the award-winning artisan producer based in Tuscany, with the highest score of 100 points in the 2021 edition of Flos Olei, has launched a single variety coratina which we highly recommend for lovers of intense olive oils. It displays a powerful and elegant taste, complex with well-defined bitter and spicy notes of long persistence and good harmony. We have thoroughly enjoyed it drizzled over a butternut squash soup. The Toscano IGP has won another Gold Medal at the 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition. This medium fruity Tuscan is particularly well suited to a tomato and mozzarella salad. 

In Spain, our partner Oro Bailen is back with their 4 monocultivar extra virgin olive oils, hojiblanca, arbequina, picual and frantoio. Whilst picual continues to be regarded as one of the world's finest olive oils, winning year after year gold medals in the most prestigious competitions, we have been delighted to discover the new 2020/2021 hojiblanca, the mildest oil in the range. It has a beautiful fruitiness and is great to embark on a journey into the world of premium olive oils. 

Oro Bailen frantoio extra virgin olive oil used in Michelin starred restaurants

In Tunisia, after a particularly warm fall, our partner Domaine Fendri had to wait until the second half of November to start the harvest. A drop in temperatures is crucial to give the mild chemlali variety its fruitiness. We found the new 2020/2021 oil to be balanced, complex in flavours with a long finish and a slight degree of bitterness. We enjoyed it on fresh vegetables and sourdough bread. Domaine Fendri was a finalist in the 2020 edition of the Mario Solinas International Olive Oil Competition.