This is a very special oil. This top quality extra virgin olive oil has a full fruity flavor balanced, but not overshadowed, by a subtle smokiness. It is a natural partner for seafood, especially grilled fish. We enjoy it on a spinach salad with raisins and currants - the contrast of the sweet and smoky flavors is delicious. This smoked oil is perfect on barbecued meats and a tasty addition to roasted potatoes.
Carlos Piernas del Amor smokes each of his products by hand in a small town near Barcelona. With a gruff voice belying years in the smokehouse, he explained to us that he pours the oil onto a shallow pan and slowly shifts it back and forth over smoldering pine cones from the local forest for seven hours, allowing the smoke to slowly penetrate the delicate oil.
The result is a complex and balanced oil, with the aromatic smokiness balanced by sweet first cold pressed Arbequina olive oil from the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. You would think such a quality oil would be overwhelmed by the smoke, but the result is sublime, balanced and delicious.