Extra virgin olive oil is an authentic living organism, which evolves over time. In addition to storage conditions, which directly influence the evolution of the oil and its quality, the variety of olives and the shape of the bottle can also play a significant role in the long-term preservation of the oil.
As for extra virgin oils, it is advisable to use them within the first year of harvesting. However, some oils that are particularly intense and rich in polyphenols could maintain their characteristics almost unchanged even after more than a year.
Prolonging the storage of bottles could cause significant changes in flavour, color and aroma. Therefore, the final result could be completely different from what the manufacturer intended to express and share with consumers.