(5 votes) This cheap olive oil, the only one made entirely from Spanish olives, won the title of best olive oil with its "citrusy" flavor and hint of pepper. It even impressed one Israeli taster who insisted that no supermarket oil could stand up to those of her home country.
Goya proclaims its extra virgin olive oil ($3.99 for 250 ml, or 47 cents per ounce, Amazon) bold and intense on its website, and tasters concurred in our Goya olive oil review. Panelists found that this brand had the most olive-y taste among our selections. They described it as "grassy" and said it seemed "greener" and "less filtered" than the other oils. At the same time, tasters in our Goya olive oil review did not find it heavy or cloying; rather, it was "light" and "lemony." While some said it would be "good for cooking with," others thought it best suited to a role that would highlight its flavor -- for instance, drizzled over fish or vegetables. One declared it delightful on bread (although it should be noted that this particular taster was crazy about the bread we used).
Goya olive oil has a single country of origin: It comes from Spanish olives. (Spain has actually surpassed Italy as the biggest exporter of olive oil, according to the web magazine Olive Oil Times.) Founded by Spanish immigrants to the United States, Goya has been feeding the Hispanic community for decades. Olive oil is one of the first products the company distributed.
Goya was one of the cheapest olive oils in our tasting, so it came as a bit of a surprise when the brand won the most votes from our panel. Tasters declared it equally good for cooking or for dipping.