Castillo de Canena First Day of Harvest Picual olive oil is always highly awaited by top chefs.
Trees are hand selected for the First Day of Harvest. This year’s harvest was Oct 16, 2016. The harvest occurs in strict temperature control (often in the dark) and the olives are pressed within four hours!
This years pressing has hints of green grass, green almonds, thyme, and rosemary.
The mouthfeel is initially smooth, with a moderate and balanced bitterness and spiciness, and an aftertaste of almonds, artichokes, tomato leaves, and apple.
The color is a beautiful, intense green.
This year’s special label was designed by Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia. See artisan information below for more detail.
Every year the company works with a different artist to design a unique label to adorn its iconic cherry-red bottles. Alex de la Iglesia, a popular Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer, and comic book artist, created a whimsical new label that reflects his love for Castillo de Canena’s First Day Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Alex tells us that “working on this project has not only been good fun, as the production of the First Day of Harvest brings the same magic, emotion and passion to the world of extra virgin oil as the characters in my films and books convey."
The iconic cherry-red glass bottle is notably a striking presentation on your counter, but also protects the treasure inside from the harmful effects of sunlight. Do not "save" this lovely oil for a special occasion. Olive oil is a live ingredient and does lose potency and nutrients over time. Enjoy and create a special occasion.
Professional chefs love this vibrant oil. It has grassy notes and a peppery finish. Drizzle on broiled fish or sturdy vegetables (like Brussels sprouts). My personal favorite is to liven a fresh gazpacho. Smoked olive oil is also wonderful in gazpacho but this Picual adds real depth of flavor.