I travel to Tuscany several times every year and know what great "estate" olive oil should taste like. In the past I tried to pack several bottles of olive oil in my carryon bag, but its heavy and could break. so tried star extra virgin olive oil and compared to other great oils . Star olive oil has a nice peppery finish in the back of the throat. In my opinion this oil is more for consuming raw rather than for cooking. but a the end it is your choice how you want to use it.