Sensorial Analysis: A Complete Guide

Chapter 7: Sensory Analysis Methods

Now that we have explored taster training, it's time to delve into specific methods of sensory analysis. In this chapter, we will cover descriptive and discriminative sensory analysis.

Descriptive Sensory Analysis.

Descriptive sensory analysis involves detailing the sensory characteristics of a product. Trained tasters use precise sensory language to describe nuances of flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance.

Sensory Analysis: A Complete Guide

Sensory Profile

At the core of descriptive analysis lies the sensory profile. It is a detailed sensory map describing the attributes of a product. Tasters use standardized sensory terms to score the intensity of each attribute.
Sensory Analysis: A Complete Guide

Descriptive Panels

Descriptive panels consist of tasters trained in descriptive sensory analysis. They go through a phase of developing sensory vocabulary and practice using this language to consistently describe products.

L'Analyse Sensorielle Discriminative

Sensory Analysis: A Complete Guide

The Triangle Test

The Triangle Test is one of the most common methods for discriminative sensory analysis. Tasters must identify the different sample among three samples (two identical and one different). This test helps determine if tasters can perceive a sensory difference.
Sensory Analysis: A Complete Guide

The Difference Test

The Difference Test is employed to assess tasters' ability to detect a specific difference between two samples. Tasters must identify the attribute or characteristic that differs between the samples.

Choosing the Method

The choice between descriptive and discriminative sensory analysis depends on the evaluation objectives. If you aim for a detailed description of a product, descriptive analysis is appropriate. If you simply want to determine if two products are different, discriminative analysis is more suitable.

In the upcoming chapters, we will explore additional methods of sensory analysis and discuss how they are utilized in various industries, from food to cosmetics to pharmaceuticals. Stay with us to deepen your knowledge in sensory analysis.

Chapter 8: Recruiting Tasters and Organizing Tests

Now that we have explored sensory analysis methods, it's time to understand how to recruit tasters and organize sensory tests effectively.

Recruitment of Tasters

Recruiting suitable tasters is crucial for high-quality sensory evaluations. Here are some steps to recruit the right tasters:

Test Organization

Once your team of tasters is ready, you can organize sensory tests. Here are some key elements to consider:

By following these steps, you can recruit competent tasters and organize rigorous sensory tests. In the upcoming chapters, we will explore examples of applying sensory analysis in various industries to better understand its real-world impact. Stay with us to learn more.

Chapter 9: Interpreting Results and Making Decisions

After conducting sensory tests and collecting data, it's time to interpret the results and make informed decisions. In this chapter, we will explore this crucial process.

In conclusion, sensory analysis is a crucial step to understand the sensory characteristics of products and make informed decisions across various industries. It optimizes product quality, meets consumer expectations, and ensures competitiveness in the market. In the upcoming chapters, we will explore concrete cases of sensory analysis application in different industries. Stay with us to learn more.