Sensory Evaluation of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) including the quality factor `harmony`

; (). Sensory Evaluation of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) including the quality factor `harmony`. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, A1. 422-435. Peer reviewed.

Sensory evaluation of olive oil, meaning the official organoleptic assessment of olive oil respectively the ?Panel Test?
(PT), is based on the standards of the International Olive Council (IOC), as well as on the Regulation (EC) 640/2008 of the European
Commission. These regulations lead to the classification of olive oil as ?extra virgin? (EVOO), ?virgin? (VOO) or ?lampant?, which
however is not sufficient to clearly discriminate between different quality levels within the grade EVOO. The objective of the study
at hand was to develop and validate an objective sensory evaluation method for the quality certification of olive oil within the grade
EVOO. A new rating system, including a detailed description and evaluation of the complexity and persistence of flavour, was
established. First, a comparison between different profile sheets from various olive oil competitions (Ercole Olivario, Premio Biol,
Leone D?Oro Mario Solinas Award, among others) and the official profile sheet from the IOC/EC for the panel test (PT) took place.
In consecutive steps the basic test procedure from the panel test (PT) then was extended with additional sensory descriptors. Two
trained olive oil panels (the German Olive Oil Panel (DOP) and the Swiss Olive Oil Panel (SOP)) were further educated to profile
various green and ripe aroma components and to evaluate the complexity of the perceived aroma components and their persistency
(descriptor: ?harmony/persistency?). This extended methodology was cross-validated over a time period of 3 years between the two
panels (DOP/SOP).
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