Last Updated: April 2021

Savoring The Benefits of Brightland's Olive Oil Blends

Why We Love Brightland Olive Oils

In the vast and vibrant world of culinary flavor, olive oil, it seems, is a little misunderstood. It is often denied the spotlight — deemed an essential sidekick or supportive enhancement to nearly every ingredient on the culinary spectrum.

Brightland believes that it’s time for olive oil’s big debut and is on a mission to make its consciously-crafted, California-made, all-natural olive oil blends the next showstopper and star of every dish.

For this review, I tried Brightland’s Artist Capsule Collection, which features the brand’s LUCID, ARDOR, and ARISE olive oil blends.

Pros

  • Incredibly bold flavors — the difference is clear and each olive oil blend is distinct and delicious
  • Brightland olive oil instantly elevates whatever it touches. Blends are elegant, complex, and sophisticated
  • Way better for you than what you’ll find at the grocery store (full of antioxidants and healthy fats, with none of the bad stuff)
  • Made without the commonly-used additives or adulterants that can damage quality and overall flavor — Common defects from these additives include rancidity (ew) and contamination with lower-grade oils (not just olive!)
  • Sourced from family-run, California vineyards
  • All-natural, organic blends
  • Hand-crafted production process eliminates dangers present in commerical olive oil production (poor storage conditions, mold, larvae contamination, exposure to damaging light, heat, or air)
  • UV-protected glass bottles
  • Honest — Bottles are labeled with harvest date
  • Labels designed in collaboration with prominent artists
  • Website includes a fantastic collection of recipes

Cons

  • Sells a spout-stopper separately, but would love if it were included. You won’t want to waste a drop.
  • Hits a higher price point, but the craftsmanship and quality is well worth it

Brightland Olive Oil Features

The Artist Capsule Collection ($115)

ARDOR – 100% Chili Olive Oil

ARISE – 100% Basil Olive Oil

LUCID – 100% Lemon Olive Oil

375ML/ 12.5 fl oz UV-protected glass bottles

Labels features custom artwork created by prominent artists and designers

Organic, hand-crafted olive oil blends

Brightland olive oil: Artist Capsule Collection
Brightland Artist Capsule Collection

About Brightland

Brightland olives and fruits are sourced directly from family-run farms in California’s Central Coast. These organic, natural ingredients are then custom-blended into Brightland’s olive oils and vinegars. They contain no fillers, additives, or artificial preservatives, resulting in a distinct difference in quality and bold, unforgettable flavor and with every bite.

Ratings Breakdown

quality

Incredible, lasting flavor, versatile, full of health benefits

value

Generous bottle size, a little goes a long way, quality and care are evident across the entire experience, multiple bundle/collection options

customer experience

Delicious olive oils, Quick, convenient shipping, beautiful and protective packaging, website full of recipes and educational resources, honest and transparent (harvest date and sourcing), no returns or exchanges — but that makes sense

brand

Top-quality, thoroughly-considered product, passion for the community is apparent, supports the arts

perks

Very high in health benefits, Brightland olive oils double as skincare (can be used as moisturizer/ body oil), bundle/collection options

Brightland olive oil: pouring olive oil over vegetables in a dutch oven
Brightland olive oil: Ardor bottle
Brightland olive oil: vegetable arrangement

Unboxing Brightland

Across the Brightland customer experience, one thing is consistently clear — this brand does not cut corners. My Artist Capsule arrived securely packaged in beautifully-branded, Brightland-blue display boxes, accompanied by booklets, stickers, and informative cards, featuring artist information, recipes, and flavor notes for each bottle.

The Bottles

The UV-blocking bottles themselves are durable and gorgeous pieces, providing the perfect functional, flavorful, displayable addition to your kitchen countertop collection.

And you will want to have these on hand while cooking — the versatility of Brightland’s blends means that these olive oils work across multiple meals and cuisine types (but more on that later).

Brightland olive oil: Arise bottle in Brightland box
Brightland olive oil: Arise bottle in Brightland box

Brightland’s Brilliant Blends

So, let me begin by saying that until I tried Brightland’s olive oil blends, I thought I’d had good olive oil before. I enjoy using olive oil in my cooking, and even incorporate it into savory snacks and smaller plates throughout the day. Until now, I had a few “gourmet” go-to’s at the grocery store and a couple, more indulgent options from local markets. I thought I had a solid understanding of the amount of flavor olive oil could carry and the range of flavors olive oil could express.

I went into this review thinking I knew, roughly, what to expect.

But I’m here to tell you that I was very, very wrong.

Each of Brightland’s flavors was incredibly bold and distinct, expressing unique notes of the individual ingredients respective to each bottle. While I do have a favorite, all three were fantastic, enticing, and an absolute pleasure to experience. Here are my notes on each blend in Brightland’s Artist Capsule.

ARDOR

Brightland’s Notes:

ARDOR is a 100% Chili Olive Oil from Brightland. ARDOR is lovingly blended with red chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, chipotle peppers, and paprika, and heirloom Frantoio olives and harvested early by a master miller onsite in a certified organic mill.

My Notes:

ARDOR is a light and peppery blend with a slight smokiness and a dry, slow, low-intensity heat. It’s a mild heat that you can feel, but it doesn’t take away from any of the other flavors present.

This blend is great paired with bread for dipping or drizzled over a salad, but in my opinion, ARDOR truly shines on the stovetop. ARDOR’s spice and core, savory flavors add a complex and notable depth to any dish. In fact, I found myself using this more like a seasoning; incorporated into marinades, sauces, and rubs, or used alone as a flavorful, healthy sauté for veggies and meats alike.

What I found most interesting is that while this blend enhances the other elements on your plate, the flavors of other ingredients and the warmth of the stovetop also enhance the oil itself, making lighter notes much bolder. The intensity of this blend increases with heat, so I enjoyed it most when served warm. I’ve used ARDOR in everything from omelets, to Italian dishes, to asian-inspired plates to bring some heat, highlight ingredients, and guarantee that my recipe packs a punch.

ARISE

Brightland’s Notes:

ARISE is a 100% Basil Olive Oil from Brightland, made for lush and verdant feasts, lovingly blended with basil and heirloom Frantoio olives and is harvested early by a master miller onsite in a certified organic mill.

My Notes:

ARISE is a rich, smooth, full-bodied, herbaceous blend with traces of mint and clove, enhanced with light, sweet undertones.

For all of the more delicate flavors present within ARISE, the blend itself is anything but. ARISE’s bold, impactful flavor was a surprise for me, as I’ve never encountered an olive oil that tastes this indulgent before. The strength of the herbal flavors in this blend makes it perfect to use as a salad dressing or dipping oil, while also offering the perfect enhancement to sauces and spreads.

Brightland olive oil: Arise bottle
Brightland olive oil: Arise bottle

LUCID

Brightland’s Notes:

LUCID is a 100% Lemon Olive Oil from Brightland. LUCID is lovingly blended with lemon and heirloom Frantoio olives and harvested early by a master miller onsite in a certified organic mill.

My Notes:

Light, intensely refreshing, flavorful, and surprisingly, by far my favorite of the three. LUCID’s bright, dreamy, easy, lemon flavor and herbal notes of chive, black pepper, and sage is the perfect, practical olive oil blend.

Personally, I’ve never tried anything so light that is also so full of flavor. It is one I’ve come to crave, and I haven’t grown tired of it at all. Great for summer salads, snacking and charcuterie, sauces, and sautéing, LUCID is versatile and absolutely delicious in any recipe.

Brightland’s Artist Capsule

Meet The Artists

The Artist Capsule collection features three of Brightland’s signature olive oil flavors with limited- edition labels designed by prominent artists. Here is the information on each artist as described on Brightland’s website:

ARDOR – Label designed by Marleigh Culver

The artist Marleigh Culver and Brightland have collaborated on a special, limited edition artist label. Marleigh Culver is a Brooklyn-based painter. Previously, she worked with Gap Inc. in New York, New York and Need Supply Co. in Richmond, VA. She has done projects for Sweetgreen, Academy Jewelry, and Teen Vogue. Marleigh’s art had actually been on Brightland’s inspiration page prior to the original brand launch.

 

ARISE – Label designed by Peter Som

The designer Peter Som and Brightland have collaborated on a special, limited edition artist label. Peter Som is an award-winning designer whose clothing has been worn by such notable women as Michelle Obama, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Beyonce and Scarlett Johannson. Peter is also widely known for his love of entertaining and food with his recipes featured in Vogue, Elle, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. Peter lives in New York City where he can often be found in the kitchen covered in flour.

 

LUCID – Label designed by BD Graft

The artist BD Graft, known for his thoughtful series “Add Yellow”, and Brightland have collaborated on a special, limited edition artist label made with oil pastels, and acrylic paint. BD Graft’s focus is primarily collages, which reference images from architecture, art history, and nature.

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