Olive Oil

In the Warehouse District, a block north of Jasper on 104 St, there’s a relatively new store called Evoolution. (EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil… get it?) They sell flavoured and unflavoured olive oils, some other specialty oils, a wide range of balsamics, and some other odds and ends that are probably really cool even though I didn’t really pay attention to them.

As soon as I walked in the store, a staff member invited me to start sampling the products. Each oil is in a vat with a little spigot, and they provide little cups so you can pour out a little oil and/or vinegar. Then you can either drink it straight up (which seems pretty hard core) or you can take a cube of french bread for dipping.

Vats of olive oil at Evoolution.

Vats of olive oil at Evoolution.

It’s fun trying different flavour combos, and they have cards by each vat recommending combos for you to try.

I can attest to the Evoolution staff being both knowledgeable and polite even when you ask dumb questions like what is balsamic made from. (Answer: grapes. Which is completely obvious once I thought about it. Grapes -> wine -> vinegar.) The staff are the perfect combo of being welcoming and helpful, and then getting out of your way so you can explore the products.

In the end I bought two oils: walnut, and blood-orange infused olive oil. And two vinegars: cinnamon pear dark balsamic, and pumpkin spice white balsamic. Each 200 mL bottle is $12, except for the walnut oil which is $14. They’re definitely not cheap but they’re high quality and they’re luscious – I can’t think of a better word for them. They’re worth the splurge, and I already want to go back for more. (I tried, but didn’t buy, a red apple flavoured balsamic, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Must go back and get!)

I’ll post the results of some taste tests in the next couple days. In the meantime, here’s a delicious preview:

What's left after a taste test

What’s left after a taste test


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