This oil was recommended to me by my local cheesemonger, who said that it had some of the flavors he expected in much more expensive French and Italian oils. He said that it has been used by Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, and that it was one of his own personal favorite oils. How could I say no? Well, that oil has disappeared very fast. It had a buttery yellow color, as you can see above, with just the slightest tinge of green in some lights. It had a floral, grassy flavor up front, which reminded me ever so slightly of fresh sweet corn. But then it finished with a pungent wallop of black pepper, tingling down the back of the throat. It was wonderful on bread, pasta, and salads. I loved the peppery finish, and its lightness up front. It was so good, in fact, that I may wait to try another sort of oil, and just buy one more bottle of this stuff.
• Find it: Chef's Pick Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $25 at the Katz online store, or at LocalHarvest Have you found a favorite finishing oil lately? Related: What Is Your Favorite Finishing Olive Oil? (Images: Faith Durand)