ALDI – Carlini 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Food Review

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ALDI – Carlini
EVOO

This is surprisingly one of the best olive oils I’ve tried.  It’s about the equal of my favorite, Trader Joe’s Spanish extra virgin olive oil.


February 27, 2016

Soft, buttery, not bitter, with a gentle taste of olives, this is an exceptionally good olive oil.  Previously, several olive oils were compared head-to-head.  Trader Joe’s Spanish extra virgin olive oil came out on top.  It is then natural to do a head-to-head comparison between this and the Trader Joe’s  (TJ) olive oil.

Carlini is a shade lighter in color.  The TJ oil seems to be slightly more viscous.  They’re about equal in mouth feel.  Both have a very nice buttery smoothness.  Neither is really bitter at all, especially when compared to some other oils.  Both have nice gentle faint olive tastes.  I’ve had the Carlini olive oil in salads with a balsamic vinegar, in tomato sauce and on bread.  For this comparison the oils were compared straight up, that is licked from my clean finger (I was the sole licker).

Which one should you pick up?  To me, they’re so equal, it doesn’t matter.  Carlini comes in a 500 ml bottle, half the size of the TJ olive oil.  Per 500 ml, Carlini is about 80 cents less (the TJ oil is currently $7.99 per liter).  If you don’t use a lot of olive oil, the 500 ml bottle is probably a better size to buy, as it won’t sit in your cabinet or refrigerator for extended periods of time.  Although it’s never been a problem for me, olive oil (in fact any oil) can go bad during storage.  The other potential consideration is that according to the bottle label, the Carlini olive oil is sourced from Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.  Will the oil change from bottle to bottle if the proportion of oil from each country changes over time?  Only a few more purchases will give us that answer.

Calories  120 per Tbsp (15 ml)    Price  $3.19 (500 ml)

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16 Responses to “ALDI – Carlini 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Food Review”

  1. MZ Says:

    Since Aldi and Trader Joe’s are owned by the same company …they could be the same only different labels for each store….

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  2. iam he Says:

    whereas the label has changed… no longer says 100%, I don’t know that contents have changed… I have some of the old bottles in the basement… I will compare them.. so far I have not noticed a change in taste or anything else other than the label change.

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  3. rman56 Says:

    steveo, i appreciate your thanks. I posted my second one because I didn’t notice the picture the first time around. I only wish people on other sites could point out a mistake as politely as you did and I mean that seriously.

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    • steveo Says:

      Cool. No problem. Sometimes I think the manufacturers put out all these variations just to add confusion. It’s pretty easy to overlook the smallest thing and end up taking home something we didn’t want. I know I’ve done that more times than I’d like to admit to. And then add to that some of the terms they use have no real standards behind them and where are we? Bottom line however on this olive oil, it was better than most I’ve tried and reasonably priced.

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      • rman56 Says:

        I’ve used Carlini quite often. I’m a fan myself. I’m not a brand person like I once was. Mostly due to a fixed income now. I find the oil good and affordable, two things that work really well for me!!!

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      • steveo Says:

        Me too! ☺️

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  4. Margaret johnson Says:

    Bought Carlini olive oil at Aldie’s last week. Arriving home, I realized that my new bottle did NOT say, “100% virgin olive oil”. 100% was not on the front. Also, it did not have cold-pressed. Please explain. Thank you.

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    • steveo Says:

      First, I’m just an ALDI customer. I have no connection with ALDI. I believe Carlini is just their store brand for several types of oil they sell. If you haven’t opened it, the store may take it back? They can also help find the 100% extra virgin olive oil I wrote about or explain if they don’t have it.

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    • rman56 Says:

      Many olive oils are blended oils. You are responsible for checking whether it says 100% olive oil or not. Blended oils vary in composition of olive and any other oil(s). In a blended oil, there can be a very small amount of olive oil. This is not a case of ALDI being duplicitous, every store sells blended olive oils. If it contains olive oil, it can be sold as olive oil, it just can’t be sold as 100% olive oil.

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      • steveo Says:

        Thanks for commenting. The review was for a bottle labeled as 100%. See the picture included in the review. ALDI sells several different grades of olive, as most stores do. Some of those may not labeled 100% or extra virgin. As consumers, based on the label and other information we may come upon, we make decisions for what best fits our needs.

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    • rman56 Says:

      However, if the bottle said 100% virgin olive oil and you know it is not 100%, it’s an issue I would take up with the company and possibly the FDA if you want to waste your time, literally, but ALDI is wonderful about returning and all other aspects. The vast majority of my shopping is done there. I live on a limited budget and you can’t beat their price and quality. I have found many things I prefer from them than from stores such as Mariano’s, which I love. I won’t even get into my feelings about Whole Foods. I’m sure they don’t allow the language.

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  5. litadoolan Says:

    Awesome find. I was looking at designer olive oil at a celebrity restaurant this week – it was a crazy price !! This will work. Will check it out. Thanks for the tip.

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  6. Barbara Says:

    I saw Dr. Oz program 5/12/16 showing that the buying public is not getting Olive oil but a mixture of oils. We trust Carlini Olive oil and want verification we are getting pure unadulterated olive oil. What say Carlini?

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    • steveo Says:

      An interesting question. I don’t know. I just shop at ALDI and write my own reviews of their products. Here’s the ALDI customer contact url, https://www.aldi.us/en/contact-us/ If you’d like to write them, they are pretty good about answering quickly.

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      • sam marino Says:

        I am 63 year old Italian American and never thought much about olive oil, until my wife brought home some carlini olive oil,it was so good I had to find the bottle to investigate more. I was a little disappointed because it was from Spain and not Italy, but it was udeniable the best tasting Olive oil I ever had,.

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