Phenolic (Coffee)

Phenolic (Coffee)

The Phenolic (Coffee) Flavour Standard is used to assess the ability of trained tasters to detect phenolic notes in food and beverages. Phenolic flavours and aromas are often described as 2-methyl phenol, hospital, mouthwash, chlorinated phenols or antiseptic cleaner and are considered off-flavours in most beer styles.

Imparted via poor cleaning in the process (CIP) systems – cleaning agent is run through beverage processing systems and is not effectively removed by rinsing. Contact with raw water, raw material and finished product to the residual cleaning agent will impart medicinal-like flavours.

FlavorActiV Phenolic (Coffee) Flavour Standard can be added to almost any liquid to impart a real flavour, off-note, or taint that’s safe to smell and taste.

£72.50 GBP

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Minimum Order: £275

WCR Sensory Lexicon Remarks
The aromatic described as damp, musty, and like animal hide. Reminiscent of a tack room.

FlavorActiV Sensory Terms
– 2-methyl phenol (o-cresol)
– Mouthwash
– Hospital
– Antiseptic cleaner
– Chlorinated phenols

Cause of Flavour
Imparted via poor cleaning in process (CIP) systems – cleaning agent is run through beverage processing systems and it is not effectively removed via rinsing. Contact with raw water, raw material and finished product to the residual cleaning agent will impart medicinal like flavours.

Medicinal like flavours can also be imparted at the consumer delivery level – via poorly cleaned lines at fountains and other dispensary systems.

This can occur in any beverage alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike.

Other Information
Medicinal is one of a number of taints that can occur due to poor cleaning and hygiene processes. Please contact us for more flavour information.

WCR/SCA Phenolic is referred to as Medicinal by FlavorActiV

FlavorActiV GMP Flavour Standards

Only Pharmaceutical Quality GMP Flavour Standards provide sufficient quality for professional sensory panels to train and validate with.

We produce encapsulated GMP (Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practice) Flavour Standards that are safe to both smell and drink. The compounds within our capsules impart the aroma, taste and mouthfeel of a specific defect or positive flavour into a beverage for the purposes of taster training, calibration and quality control.

Our individual flavour GMP Flavour Standards are sold by flavour, each flavour pack contains 5 capsules, each separately blister packaged. Our sensory kits contain a mixture of flavours, each separately blister packaged, read the product description for flavour details.

We ship globally, and have over 20 years of experience at it. Our GMP Pharmaceutical Flavour Standards are produced to the highest standards, and as such, their shelf-life is strong and their quality consistent.

FlavorActiV’s flavour centre is the world’s only pharmaceutically run facility dedicated to the production of flavour reference standards. The Flavour Centre is a state-of-the-art facility housed within the campus of world-renowned Quay Pharma near Liverpool in the U.K.

The Flavour Centre was designed by FlavorActiV from the ground up at the direct request of global customers as they looked to move away from inferior food grade ‘certified flavour standards’ to GMP Pharma, a standard that ensures safe, stable, traceable, consistent and long shelf-life products.

All FlavorActiV’s industry-leading encapsulated flavour standards are manufactured following GMP at our Flavour Centre. All aspects of manufacture are overseen by Quay Pharma who are audited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory agency (MHRA). We also welcome customer audits.

Only FlavorActiV GMP flavour standard capsules bear our mark of authenticity.

We brand each of our capsules so that our customers know they’re getting the Pharmaceutical GMP Quality that only FlavorActiV provide.

Industry leading packaging and shelf-life

FlavorActiV flavour standards are blister packaged, which extends shelf-life and protects capsules from potential contamination. The average shelf-life of FlavorActiV flavour standards is 18 months to 4 years, depending on the flavour compounds.

We will never ship in pots or plastic packaging, here’s why…

Blister packaging protects capsules from the environment until they are ready for use. Blister packaging greatly reduces the amount of headspace for possible flavour escape. As each capsule individually blister packaged, making use of one capsule still leaves all others protected. FlavorActiV Flavour Standard packaging is 100% recyclable, as opposed to polypropylene which is not widely recycled.

Pots are semi-porous, they allow molecules to pass through and flavour to be lost, their significant headspace also adds to substantial flavour escape as a gas, even when using just one capsule all those remaining in the pot are exposed.

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