Hidden away on a busy through street, just off of Marine Drive in North Vancouver, you’ll find a bright little shop where the walls are lined with stainless steel keg-style vessels and rows upon rows of bottles just waiting to be filled. What’s special about this shop is that you’re not filling the bottles with wine or beer, you’re filling them with olive oil. And not just any olive oil, oil with names like Harissa infused, Mild Manzanillo, Robust Picholine, Persian Lime and Butter (it really tastes like butter). This is Olives on Tap and these are not your run-of-the-mill supermarket olive oils.
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Opened by owner Andrew Cameron in 2012, Olives on Tap educates visitors about the complexities of olive oils and the balsamic vinegars that pair so well with them. All of the oils and vinegars are available for sampling, and tasting is encouraged. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to share their knowledge about the process of creating olive oil. Did you know that authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil goes through strict testing and can be consumed as early as three weeks from their “crush dates”? In fact, unlike wine that gets better with age, olive oil loses it’s flavour and health benefits over time.
Photo: Olives on Tap
The vinegars for sale at Olives on Tap are equally special and selected specifically for how they pair with the olive oils. Imagine Aged Coconut Balsamic Vinegar paired with Persian Lime Olive Oil, or try Strawberry Balsamic with Basil Olive Oil.
Small bottles of oils and vinegars cost $12, medium bottles are $20 and large bottles are $30.
Olives on Tap is located at:
928 West 16th Street, North Vancouver