This rare early harvest extra virgin olive oil captures the unique occasion when the very first olives of the new harvest are milled on the estate of Castillo de Canena. A result of the season's first 24 hours of milling, this full-bodied Picual extra virgin olive oil has a sweet yet slightly spicy taste with hints of tomato, almond, artichoke and apple. Its fruity aromas are reminiscent of banana, almond and ripe apple, producing a wonderful oil for dressing salads, tomato or pumpkin soups, cheeses and grilled meats.
Each year the labels for the First Day Harvest oils are redesigned by a prestigious Spanish artist. This year, the 14th year of their limited edition collection, Castillo de Canena has selected actor Juan Echanove to design the labels. With his labels the actor hoped to capture the feelings of an actor before, during, and after the experience of acting on stage.
“The curtain rises. Butterflies turn in your stomach. You feel the warm wash of the stage lights. The world focuses its gaze on your essence, your movement before them. Everything is so fragile. You fear you might let them down. You raise your soul up to the heavens, closer and closer still. You seek perfection; you give your life for it. The curtain falls. And then… only then… you rest. Perhaps you dream. Am I referring to the theatre? Of course. But also to oil. From Jaén. From Andalusia.”
Pairs Best With
Bitter Green Salads, Roasted/Grilled Veg (peppers especially!), Red Meat, Aged Cheese, Soups & Stews
Recent International Awards
2019 Olive Japan - Robust - Gold
2018 Olive Japan - Gold
2017 Olive Japan - Premier Medal
2016 Flos Olei - Farm of the Year
2015 Flos Olei – 98/100 Points