Aroma Academy 
Sensory Training Courses

The Aroma Academy Sensory Training provides the key practical skills, together with the background theory to allow participants to be able to identify, distinguish and articulate the aromas and flavours of the finished product.

It is a significant advantage, as you travel on your Sensory journey, to not only be knowledgeable about the key aromas and flavours associated with a particular drinks category, but to have the confidence that you are able to identify and articulate them.

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Aroma Academy Sensory Training Programmes

The Aroma Academy Training Programmes are based on the development of Sensory Skills with a particular focus on Aroma Recognition Skills.

They provide the key practical Sensory Skills, together with the background theory, to allow participants to be able to detect, identify and articulate the aromas and flavours of the finished product.

Both generic and category specific programmes are available. As an example, the Drinks Sensory Training courses cover specific categories - for professionals and enthusiast customers alike - with the development of Aroma Recognition skills as the fundamental foundation of Wine training, Whisky (and Whiskey) training, Gin training, Beer training, Bourbon training and Rum training.

Training Options

Introductory Sessions

The Aroma Academy 2 hour “Introductory Sessions” are not only fun informative sessions but also serve as the perfect introduction to the full Aroma Academy Training Programmes.

Participants are introduced to the importance and role of Sensory Skills as well as an insight into how their skills can be rapidly developed in an enjoyable and educational format.

Phase 1: Foundation Level  (1 Day Programme) 

Some participants are very content to only undertake the Foundation Level, the initial programme that provides a fantastic introduction to Sensory Skills, the Sense of Smell and to the basic methodologies and tools to allow the development of your Aroma Recognition Skills.

Phase 1 includes an introduction to aroma/flavour recognition, aroma/flavour vocabulary, calibrating your nose, how aromas/flavours behave, aroma profiling, aroma/flavour faults and competency systems. It is suitable for all audiences.

There is an optional assessment at the end of the programme.

Phase 2: Intermediate Level (1 Day Programme) 

Phase 2 – the Intermediate Level - builds on the foundation of Phase 1, providing more depth and detail regarding the aromas/flavours, their sources (including some chemistry) and how this affects the aroma/flavour profiles. You learn more about the subtle nuances of the sub categories of aroma families, and how to build this knowledge into a more useful identification pathway. Articulation of Flavour profiles is also covered together with a review of typical Aroma/Flavour Faults and their sources. There is an optional assessment at the end of the programme. This course is suitable for the enthusiast connoisseur and for all levels of the drinks, food and hospitality industries.

Phase 3 : Advanced Level

The Aroma Academy also offers Advanced Level Training and an expert Mentor Programme. This is typically tailored to individuals and companies who have completed the Foundation & Intermediate Levels and who wish to further their Sensory Training & Education. Please contact us for more details.

Training Programme Summary

The Aroma Academy Sensory Training, be it generic or category specific, should be considered as the foundation on which your route to knowledge and expertise in your chosen field of interest is constructed and developed.

Sensory Skills are vital whether you are engaged in drinks creation, production, quality control, sales & marketing or are a drinks enthusiast or connoisseur. They are the key to understanding flavour profiles - and the influence of raw materials, the production process and the maturation process - and the basis for maximising the enjoyment of flavour.