New Texas Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars from The Texas Hill Country
Apr 28, 2021 11:07 AM EDT | By Ernest Hamilton
The Texas Hill Country Olive Co. is a small farm that has earned a big name for itself through constant change and innovation. A dynamic, versatile product marketing and merchandising strategy have expanded the business's offerings from simple, traditional Texas olive oil to a variety of services, oil blends, and vinegars.
The Texas olive oil company now offers walking tours, event catering, bistro lunches, wine menus, and infused olive oil blends sourced from its olive orchards. The chefs, olive farmers, millers, and business merchandisers at the company are intent on further expansion for greater quality and variety.
The following are two new offerings at the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. in 2021.
Bourbon Reserve Balsamic Vinegar
The Texas Hill Country Olive Co. has a new variety of balsamic vinegar on sale in the company's gift shop and on its website. The new variety of vinegar is rich in taste and has subtle spicy notes for more depth. The Bourbon Reserve Balsamic Vinegar is an aged version of the company's traditional balsamic variety.
The new type of vinegar is achieved by aging normal balsamic vinegar in Bourbon barrels. The finest quality Bourbon is sourced from the Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas. The traditional balsamic vinegar is produced on-site at the Texas olive oil company and is aged in barrels.
The traditional balsamic is a regular feature at the family-run farm in honor of the family's Italian heritage. Balsamic vinegar originated in Italy and the dark, rich variety at Texas Hill is considered a versatile, healthy ingredient in most dishes.
The sweet, natural, full-bodied traditional balsamic is made from grape must and grape wine vinegar. Its natural 4% acidity is made more complex with the bourbon aging process as the Bourbon Reserve Balsamic is made.
The Texas Hill Country Olive Co. is an organic farm that does not use artificial flavoring or sugar in the processing of its balsamic vinegar. The nutritional value information of the Bourbon Reserve Balsamic Vinegar states that a single serving of the vinegar only has 40 calories and as a result can be a healthy addition to dishes.
The organic product is produced naturally so it needs to be stored in a secure location to avoid exposure to hot temperatures and light. Any prolonged exposure to heat and light can damage the quality of the product. However, the Bourbon Reserve Balsamic Vinegar has a long shelf life and can be kept and consumed for up to six years if stored safely and properly.
During those six years, the vinegar can be used for multiple purposes as an ingredient in cocktails, salads, marinades, glazes, and desserts. The product pairs well with salad dressings, grilled chicken or steaks, and even non-traditional pairings like ice cream.
The experts at the Texas olive oil company also recommend exploring the complex balsamic with pairings of olive oil blends. The most recommended olive oil blends for the Bourbon Reserve Balsamic Vinegar are the company's Garlic Infused Olive Oil, Sola Stella Olive Oil, and the Texas Miller's Blend Olive Oil. The balsamic vinegar and the olive oil blends can be used separately in different dishes or tasted alongside each other as in an olive oil tasting menu, as offered by the Texas olive oil company.
Olive Oil Flight
The Texas Hill Country Olive Company's variety of locally-grown, organic Texas olive oil blends is now offered on a single tasting menu. A new Olive Oil Flight was introduced in early 2021 to allow a richer, better gourmet dining experience at the company's bistro and olive oil tasting bar.
The new Olive Oil Flight offers four of the company's prominent Texas olive oil blends and one serving of the farm's special balsamic vinegar. The first blend is the Sola Stella Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is single-varietal, delicate, and comes from the Arbequina variety of olive trees. The next blend is the Terra Verde Extra Virgin Olive Oil blend that has medium-level intensity in terms of flavor. It is sourced from the three olive tree varieties of Arbequina, Mission, and Pendolino within the company's orchards.
The third blend can be robust or mild and is called the Super Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a single-varietal olive oil sourced from the Koroneiki olive tree. The fourth and final olive oil blend on offer is the Miller's Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The flavor intensity of the fourth blend is noticeably robust and the olive oil is sourced from Arbequina and Mission olive trees. The final offering on the Olive Flight tasting menu is the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. The dark vinegar is barrel-aged, full-bodied, sweet, natural, and made from grape must and grape wine vinegar.
Each of the offerings is meant to be eaten together in a tasting where the taster progresses from the first blend to the second. Each tasting is similar to a wine tasting where there are rules and techniques for swirling, sniffing, slurping, and swallowing each serving of the olive oil blends and the traditional balsamic.
An olive oil tasting is an educational experience where the true quality of extra virgin oil blends is explored. The Texas olive oil company offers olive oil and balsamic tastings at its tasting bars to encourage an appreciation for the versatile, complex, and rich blends sourced from the mills on-site.
An olive oil tasting can be a social experience if a visitor attends with a friend group, a family member, or a significant other. The tastings are also a way for the customers to try out the Texas olive oil products and check their quality before they buy the authentic Texas olive oil blends from the company's on-site gift shop.
Customers can order the Bourbon Reserve Balsamic Vinegar online; however, they will have to visit the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. premises to get a taste of the authentic Texas olive oil varieties on the Olive Flight tasting menu. The two new additions are the first of the exciting ventures on offer by the local Dripping Springs farm for 2021.