December's New Oil - Katz
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2013 Harvest, to ship in Dec, 2013
Katz's December Oil - 375 ml Napa, California - 2012 CCOF Organic
Albert's oils are truly a work of art. He labors over every bit of the process, testing and tasting, feeling his olives. His December oil is perhaps the hardest for him to create. It means he must make a decision, the very first of the new year on the blend and thus, the taste. It sets the standard for the rest of the year.
2013 Tasting Notes
Perhaps the distinct shape of the bottle and it’s long neck accelerates the aroma from this oil into your nose. You can smell the olives and if you can say this, you can smell the oil.
There is no indication of what it will taste like. But it does draw you in. With a nice green and a bit of yellow creates the pallet of the oil this year.
The tip of the tongue sends information to the brain as if the oil is dancing on it. Swirl the tongue in the oil and you can discern at least two or three distinct olive shapes.
The oil dissipates quickly yet remains on the lips to tingle them like the tongue.
When first opened (and tasted) the oil had sharp edges that round down the sides of the tongue, not uncharacteristic of Katz’s December's oil.
Now a couple of days later that sharpness has mellowed, yet you know it is a new oil with distinct sharp edges and at the back of the tongue. Just before you get the cough.
It has a wonderful pleasant burning sensation once the oil has completely dissipated. It makes me wish for pasta and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
2012 Tasting Notes:
A good spoonful of Katz Decembers New Oil fills the mouth and stays. Lingering on the tip of the tongue as a clean bitterness rises and then rolls down the sides of the tongue. The oil stays on the lips and in the front of the mouth leaving a distinct flavor.
It takes some time for the flavor to dissipate, and then when you think it's over in the mouth, and all is clear, the peppery kick punches you in the back of the throat and you cough. Katz oil is not for the fainthearted. Tingly on the tongue and coughing in the back this oil is in your face and wants to stay there. Aggressive in nature, it is like a great conversation. This oil rocks!
2011 Tasting Notes:
The first to arrive of the two thousand ten pressings, we opened our sample with great anticipation. If you are quick with your nose you can get a wonderfully full whiff of the oil vapor just after you open the bottle for the first time.
Like last year, the oil is a beautiful green - mesmerizing as you stare at its sheen. It has a full, smooth feel in the mouth. With less pronounced "early" olive and more sophisticated mature olive feel. Almost salty in taste on the edges of the tongue and without the harsh ripe olive taste that sometimes comes with new oils. Taken in small sips, it is intoxicating and one wants to have more. If you want fire in the throat, take a big sip to get the desired burn! Nature is an interesting partner and this year has been kind to us through Albert and Kim Katz's December's New Oil!
2009 Tasting Notes:
This year we are rewarded with a splendid oil, his very best December Oil ever!
You can never ever have too many new oils .
Always powerful. Always strong. A Californian with personality, blended to perfection.
Nothing like fresh lightly toasted bread drenched in new oil and sea salt! Check out the other oils for other lip smacking ideas!