Choosing a good extra virgin olive oil is difficult, not just because there are so many brands to choose from, but also because they are all so expensive. You could easily spend more than £20 on a bottle only to find that it isn't what you're looking for. On top of this, many olive oils are mislabelled as 'extra virgin' when they actually aren't, leading to even more confusion.
Despite all this, we're very fortunate here in the UK to have lots of excellent extra virgin olive oil brands which sell trustworthy products. We thought it would be useful to round up the best extra virgin olive oil that we've found and tried, let's get into it:
LIÁ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Made exclusively from the Greek Koroneiki olive, this Extra Virgin Olive Oil from LIÁ is a premium product and is considered to be one of the best olive oils you can buy. The olives used to create this oil are sourced from olive groves in the town of Filiatra. The dark bottle helps to preserve the oil for longer, and the oil is filtered which helps to preserve the healthy properties of the oil, such as the high polyphenol content. It's a versatile oil which can be used for everything from drizzling over food to cooking. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com
The olives used to create this beautiful extra virgin olive oil are sourced from the Molise in the South of Italy. It has notes of grass and a real freshness and lightness to it, which make it great both as a dressing but also for frying. If you're looking for a versatile oil which does a bit of everything, this is an excellent choice. Learn more and buy it here - oilmerchant.co.uk
Lorenzo N°5 oil
The interesting thing about this extra virgin olive oil from Lorenzo is that it is made from a single variety of olive - Nocellara del Belice. This was decided by the team at Lorenzo after much research to determine which variety of olive would create the best oil possible in terms of taste. We'd say it has a creaminess and even a slight spicy kick to it, which is really pleasant. Pair this oil with tomatoes for a match made in heaven, but even just served with simple bread, this oil will elevate it. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Belazu Cornicabra & Early Harvest
We decided to include 2 of the extra virgin olive oils from Belazu because we believe they are both worthy of a spot in our list. The Cornicabra oil is made from olives grown in Andalucía in the south of Spain, and the Early Harvest oil is made from Arbequina olives. The Cornicabra oil is ideal for cooking and dipping, whereas the Early Harvest oil has notes of grass and banana which makes it ideal for splashing over a salad. We love both of these, learn more and buy them here - belazu.com
Nicolas Alziari cuvée prestige
You don't often see extra virgin olive oil sourced from France, but we really believe that the country produces some excellent olive oil, and Nicolas Alziari is an example of a French brand doing just that. And like all good French food, this olive oil has a real richness to it, to the point where it almost tastes buttery. This olive oil is perfect for dipping and splashing over salad. Uniquely, this olive oil comes in a can, which according to the brand helps to preserve the quality of the oil. Learn more and buy it here - nicolas-alziari.com
Morgenster Cold Extracted Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This oil is sourced from the Morgenster Estate Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, which is also home to a wine farm. The uniqueness of this olive oil comes from the fact that the team at Morgenster uses Italian olives grown in South Africa. The Italian founder of the brand, Giulio Bertrand, decided that the climate of South Africa was perfect for growing olives, so he imported trees from Italy. The result is an oil with lemon notes, and a finishing kick of cayenne pepper. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com
Castillo De Canena
Made from Arbequina olives, this award-winning extra virgin olive oil from Castillo De Canena has a distinctly sweet and fruity taste which makes it perfect to use as a summer salad dressing. You probably wouldn't use this olive oil for cooking, but that is not how it's best enjoyed - we think it's perfect mixed with a touch of balsamic vinegar and served with crusty bread. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Hopefully, this guide helps you to find an excellent extra virgin olive oil. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations!