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We Olive has delectable food and a wonderful wine bar. But the undisputed star of the show is the high quality olive oil, which must be tasted to be believed. / Address: 33 East 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 / Image: Brian Planalp

Apparently There Is More To Tasting Olive Oil Than We Thought...

Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Swallow.

These are the “four S’s” of olive oil tasting – swirl to release the aromatics, sniff to identify the flavor notes, sip while inhaling to disperse the oil across your palate, and swallow to determine its pungency.

That’s a bit more technical than you were anticipating, right? But it turns out olive oil, like wine, is a complex ingredient that requires an immersive and educational introduction.

You can get it at downtown’s We Olive. And believe me, you freaking should.


“Wait, I thought we were talking about an olive oil store?”

We were, and you’re on the right track. But We Olive is more than a place to buy olive oil; it’s a place with a mission, too. It accomplishes that mission through its products and its menu, but also through interactive classes. Like November 21’s cooking demo with local chef Jordan Hamons, who will show you how to use We Olive oils and wines to take your holiday dishes to the next level.

Check out We Olive’s event webpage for more info on this and other upcoming events.


So, what is We Olive then? Is it a restaurant? Is it a wine bar? Is it an olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop?

Tell you what, We Olive is all of those things. But it’s perhaps best to think of it in terms of the mission I referenced above. We Olive’s team wants you to use healthy, tasty, sustainably sourced, and domestically grown ingredients. Call it the Epicurean ideal: Live the Good life by cooking with good ingredients.

But oil is the undisputed king at We Olive – specifically, olive oil certified by the California Olive Oil Council (that’s a big deal).

And it’s spectacular. Like, remember when you first tasted craft beer after a lifetime of Bud Light? And you promised you’d never go back because with craft beer you can drink something delicious while supporting a great cause?

This is like that. Swirl, sniff, sip, and swallow... and you’ll never go back.

So stop in for a tasting, a bite to eat, or a bottle of the good stuff – that is, a bottle of olive oil, fine wine, or balsamic vinegar. Then put them to use, and start living the Good life.

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Want to learn more about We Olive? (And trust us, we’ve only scratched the surface here.) Check out their website.

We Olive is located at 33 East 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 and is open weekdays 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.