Whenever Ana is shopping in a discount department store like T.J. Maxx, Tuesday Morning, etc. she makes sure to check the gourmet foods aisle. Many times she will find really good Spanish olives at rock bottom prices.
Her most recent finds were La Masrojana olives at the Maxx. They were a steal at $5 dollars for a big jar, and they're good olives--very close in quality to what you could find at an olive stand in Spain.
We tried the gazpacha olives--cracked olives in a thyme- and pimentón-spiced brine, packed with small pickled cucumbers and carrots (a typical Spanish combo). They're slightly tangy and great with beer or vermouth.
We also tried big, fat gordal olives (a favorite table olive in Spain).
My favorite were the black empeltres. They had deep complex flavor, with lots of oak- and leather notes. They're fantastic with sherry.