Painter Deborah MacMillan and broadcaster and writer Natalie Wheen decided to start producing olive oil after moving to Greece where they bought up small pockets of land boasting olive trees. Their olive oils come from two separate estates on the Greek island of Lesvos - Avlaki and Agatheri. The two estates have different terrains producing two distinct extra virgin olive oils which are bottled unfiltered within a few weeks of being picked and milled, giving them a fresh flavour.
The Avlaki oil is said to be robust and rich with fruity flavours, peppery notes and a round buttery finish and is suggested as an accompaniment to Mediterranean foods such as sliced tomatoes, ratatouille, roasted vegetables, pasta and soups and can also be served on its own with bread. It uses ‘Kolloví’ and ‘Andramytianni’ olives native to Lesvos.
The Agatheri oil has a milder flavour, with a smooth and delicate first taste, but a long finish that brings out the notes of fruit, grass, flowers and some citrus.
Both oils are certified organic by Bio-Hellas.
MacMillan and Wheen spent a great deal of time researching and evolving their own production methods and believe they have created oils that will appeal to high-end restaurants. Their method of milling the olives immediately after they have been picked and then bottling them unfiltered within weeks, they believe, ensures that as much of the aroma, taste and nutrients are captured in the bottle. Each bottle is also dated to ensure freshness.
SRP: £18 - £20+ per 50cl bottle
Minimum trade order 12 bottles at £12 per 50cl bottle
£144 per case plus £10 delivery
Avlaki will include a pair of 100ml promotional bottles with each order
Avlaki organic olive oils are available in the UK through fine food distributor, Samways or directly from firstname.lastname@example.org. Avlaki is also stocked in various independent retailers across the UK.
Why you should buy it:
"Avlaki organic olive oils are the exceptional taste of fresh olive oil - milled and bottled within weeks of picking," say its producers, "Try it and find out what olive oil tastes like when it's fresh from the milling process."