In 2006 Scottish couple Callum and Ann Marie Henderson bought a derelict ruin in the countryside near the village of Algarinejo in Andalucía, Spain and so began a huge adventure and the start of their love affair with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The house, set on the western hills of Andalucía and adjacent to Priego de Córdoba and Jaen has the perfect conditions for growing fantastic olives – high rainfall, a large temperature variation, high altitude and soil with a high lime content. It’s an area dependent on olive farming with a co-operatively owned mill and the whole village working together to preserve traditional methods.
Initially bottling under their own label, Callum and Sue now work closely with the local farmers co-operative to develop the Orodeal brand. It has distinctive packaging and a name that reflects the term ‘liquid gold’ which is often applied to EVOO: Oro De Algarinejo – Gold from Algarinejo. Olive growing in the area can be traced back to Roman times and the two main varieties of olives grown (Picudo & Hojiblanca) are native to the area. Orodeal olives are grown, harvested, extracted and bottled by the farmers co-operative in the village of Algarinejo.
Available in both the award-winning golden yellow bottle from the first few weeks of harvesting and the distinctive black bottle, Orodeal enjoys Designated Protection of Origin Status (DPO) The Farmers Co-Operative is audited by the DOP Poniente De Granada to guarantee quality and traceability.
The yellow (early harvest) bottles are featured in the EVOOLEUM Guide of the World’s Best 100 EVOOs 2017 and 2018 and the team won three awards for the design of their bottles at 2017 London Olive Oil International Olive Oil Competition: Gold for Innovation, Silver for Overall Image and Silver for Labelling.
Tasting Notes: Yellow Bottle
Aroma: Fruity, medium intensity, with green notes of freshly cut grass and green almond.
Taste: Initially an intense almond and dried fruit flavour predominates, with a bitter taste and a light intensity spicy sensation.
Great for: Dressings, dipping, and cooking. This oil is ideal for making bread, pasta, and pastries due to the consistency and flavour it gives to the dough. It also pairs beautifully with cheese.
Tasting Notes: Black Bottle
Aroma: Intense fruity green olive, with ripe notes, in which the freshly cut grass and green almond predominates.
Taste: Initial fruity hit of ripe tomato, apple, and fresh herbs. These light sweet notes are followed by a spicy and slightly bitter aftertaste.
Great for: Dipping, dressings, cooking, drizzling on your muesli or porridge in the morning and baking.
(As Orodeal oils are unfiltered, remember to shake the bottle before pouring and expect some cloudiness – this is perfectly natural.)