The Whisky Open Proficiency Program is designed to train, enhance and maintain your whisky sensory abilities. Enrol onto our annual program to benefit from all 4 rounds, full access to our TVS platform and make a 10% saving!
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The Whisky Open Proficiency Program is designed to train, enhance and maintain your whisky sensory abilities.
No of Rounds
Cost per round
Pay as you go
Round 1 – April
Round 2 – July
Round 3 – October
Round 4 – January
Some of the benefits for joining:
– Certification received for all participants in the program
– Reduce risk of undesirable product release
– Sensory feedback from across whole organisation or distillery
– Reduced specialised sensory training costs for panelist
– Learn strengths and weaknesses to hone skills accordingly
– Encourages staff retention and attracts new talent
– Improves product awareness
Proficiency is the next step after you’re trained to recognise the 14 flavours included in the scheme (available to purchase from our online store). As well as the Control sample, the program also features the following flavours:
Regular calibration uses FlavorActiV‘s proprietary proficiency software and Pharmaceutical Quality GMP Flavour Standards to benchmark, troubleshoot and develop individual tasting abilities.
The Whisky Open Proficiency Program involves 1 calibration pack received quarterly. Testing packs will be IN / OUT scheme, which tests the ability to identify defects outside of product quality specification.
Once the tasting is complete, you need to log your results on our Whisky Open Proficiency Program TVS2 platform. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and hone your skills to track your improvement over time. The Whisky Open Proficiency Program engine is mobile friendly and can be accessed anywhere in the world. Certification is received for all participants who successfully complete the program.
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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