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In the summer of 2018, Dimitris & Nikos, two young men with entrepreneurial spirit decided to turn their love & knowledge for olives & olive oil but also for history & environment into a business venture… & “klēa” was born in Nea Tenedos of the Chalkidiki peninsula, where their olive groves are also located. The name derives from the ancient Greek words “κλέος” (kléos), meaning glory, & “ελαία” (elaíā), meaning olive (tree or fruit).
“Elaiolado Kritis” is a monovarietal extra virgin olive oil from the renowned Cretan olive variety “Koroneiki”. The olives are meticulously selected & harvested in November & the olive oil extraction process takes place within a few hours from harvest & at temperatures below 25°C. The result is an extra virgin olive oil with harmony, medium intensity aromas (fruity tomato undertones & a hint of black pepper) & high concentration in phenolic compounds.
It is offered in a handmade ceramic bottle inspired by the “αλάβαστρον” (alabastron). “Alavastron” was the pottery used by affluent people in ancient Greece (since 600BC) as a vessel for olive oil since it could maintain its quality the best. Clay is the best material for preserving extra virgin olive oil’s since it is neutral to the content & it protects it not only from light & oxygen but also from higher temperatures due to its high specific heat (thermal inertia).
Enjoy this glorious extra virgin olive oil!