The relationship between total phenol concentration and the perceived style of extra virgin olive oil


  • Richard Gawel Recognose Pty Ltd, Unley
  • Deborah A.G. Rogers The Olive Press, Sonoma, CA



Olive oil style, Phenols, Taster agreement


The degree of bitterness and pungency of a virgin olive oil largely defines its style, and therefore how it is most appropriately used by consumers. In order to assess how Australian olive oil producers interpret the style of their oils, 920 Australian virgin olive oils were classified by their producers as either being mild, medium or robust in style. Although in general, the classifications by producers were associated with the oils’ total phenol concentration, significant variability in phenol concentration within each style category was observed. The perceived styles of a subset of these oils were further assessed by panels of expert tasters. The expert panels were more discriminating when assigning oils to style categories based on total phenol levels. The producers and the expert panels were in moderate agreement with respect to oil style, with the interpretation of what constitutes a mild oil being the most contentious.


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Gawel R, Rogers DA. The relationship between total phenol concentration and the perceived style of extra virgin olive oil. Grasas aceites [Internet]. 2009Jun.30 [cited 2024Apr.12];60(2):134-8. Available from: