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ASTM E1879-21

Standard Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Beverages Containing Alcohol

1.1This guide provides guidelines specific to the sensory and consumer evaluation of alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to beer, wine, coolers, cocktails, ready to drinks, liqueurs, hard ciders, hard seltzers, and distilled spirits.

1.2This guide covers assessor selection, sample preparation, serving protocols, and evaluation recommendations for specific alcoholic products.

1.3This guide addresses safety, regulatory, and legal concerns, but does not cover all legal rules for alcohol and sensory evaluation around the world. It is the responsibility of the user to be aware of their current local laws and regulations, corporate policies and procedures, and confirm they haven't changed since publication.

1.4This guide does not cover the evaluation of raw materials or specific test methods.

1.5This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


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