This sensory service is offered to allow an independent evaluation of a product, providing an indication of perceived quality level and the presence of any taints or faults. A panel of highly trained and experienced judges are instructed to comment on colour/condition, aroma and palate, scoring for general quality out of a maximum of 20 points. The judges are also asked to assess the products for the presence of any taint or fault, and if observed, to describe the taint/fault and rate its intensity.

Minimal information is provided to the tasters prior to the assessment, so as not to influence their assessment. The mean of the scores for general quality is calculated. All tasters’ comments and ratings are provided in a written report. Note that judgement of beverage quality is subjective and depends on each judge’s physiology, background, experience and style preference.

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