A row of oils is inside Big Horn Olive Oil Company

Where your olive oil comes from doesn’t matter as much as when it was picked (green off the tree) and how it was processed (two to four hours after harvest).

“There’s also a shelf life, 12 to 14 months,” said Mercedes Burkavage, who was in town to open Big Horn Olive Oil Company, a retail olive oil and balsamic tasting room. She owns the business with her husband, John.

Big Horn recently opened at 2110 N. Rampart Blvd. Burkavage said the new store comes with a learning curve as Las Vegans rethink olive oil.

“As Americans, we’re so used to consuming … olive oil that’s rancid,” she said. “Most Americans don’t know what really good olive oil tastes like.”

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Big Horn Olive Oil and Damon Industries are launching a new balsamic vinegar drink this month, but it’s not what you might expect.

“It’s really good. I love the flavor,” said a customer trying the drink for the first time.

Mercedes Burkavage launched Big Horn Olive Oil with her husband John in 2012 out of a desire to bring ultra premium olive oils to northern Nevada and Las Vegas. They’re building on their success with this new drink.

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How did Big Horn Olive Oil start? Love at first taste — and then a slippery slope from there

Olive oilsMercedes Burkavage covers the bottom of the tiny cup with a drizzle of liquid gold. Like a patient foodie mentor, she demonstrates for yet another uninitiated consumer in her Summerlin store how to savor and distinguish subtle tastes as only the sophisticated can.

Her tutorials are full of phrases such as “dominant notes” and words like “musty” and “fusty.” But she’s not talking about wine. It’s extra-virgin olive oil. And if you consider the supermarket stuff in your pantry olive oil, think again.

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Where your olive oil comes from doesn’t matter as much as when it was picked (green off the tree) and how it was processed (two to four hours after harvest).

“There’s also a shelf life, 12 to 14 months,” said Mercedes Burkavage, who was in town to open Big Horn Olive Oil Company, a retail olive oil and balsamic tasting room. She owns the business with her husband, John.

Big Horn recently opened at 2110 N. Rampart Blvd. Burkavage said the new store comes with a learning curve as Las Vegans rethink olive oil.

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