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2 November 2020

What’s the Difference Between Blended and Mixed Olive Oil?

The words “blend” and “mix” may seem like two terms that describe the same thing, but for olive oil, they have very different definitions.

When it comes to finding the perfect olive oil flavor, Deoleo works with experts who can detect subtle notes that occur in different oils. Blending them together results in a carefully balanced taste profile.

At Deoleo, blending is an important process that yields a reliable flavor profile that consumers have come to expect. Paula Lopes – Chief Quality Officer explains the process: Initially, her team receives around 20,000 olive oil samples a year from suppliers from across the globe. They sample the various oils and quickly identify—and reject—those that may contain defects such as a rancid smell or musty taste. Then they analyze the highest-quality oils that remain and determine each one’s distinct flavor profile. “We have a procedure in place that defines what’s needed for a blend,” she says. “For example, some oil may be characterized by high fruitiness and green flavor. Others are more bitter with a cooler body.” The team combines different portions of oils for different blends.

“What is really fascinating and complex in the master blender activity is that we are able to discern and combine different oils to obtain a consistent profile all year long,” says Lopes.  Deoleo flavor experts can, for example, blend oil pressed from hojiblanca olives in Spain with oil from ogliarola olives in Greece to develop just the right combination of sweetness and bitterness.

Blending oils from different origins also means that Deoleo’s brands are not susceptible to detrimental weather or pest invasions that may influence a crop in one area of the world. By sourcing olives globally, the company can select from only the best crops. Deoleo has relationships with farmers in both hemispheres, and thus has access to high-quality olives year-round—not just during harvesting season in Italy or Spain.

Now, you may be wondering, how does this differ from an olive oil that is mixed?

Mixed oils are often a combination of different oils, for example vegetable oils could be combined with olive oil or a grapeseed oil could be combined with another vegetable oil.

Deoleo’s olive oils are made from only olives, and the label lists their countries of origin.

Blends are an excellent option that represent quality and consistency.