Participants needed for sensory study on hard cider aromas

From: Food Science and Technology

The Virginia Tech Sensory Evaluation Lab, Department of Food Science & Technology, is conducting a study into the aroma properties of hard ciders. We are recruiting volunteers who are 21 years or older, have previously consumed alcoholic beverages, and are interested in smelling hard ciders to participate in a cider quality project. 

Participants will be asked to smell hard cider samples, and describe their impressions, which should not take longer than 30 minutes.

Subjects will not receive compensation but are eligible to have a nice snack after each session, and will enjoy the experience of smelling and describing hard ciders.

The results of this study will support the sensory evaluation field associated with hard ciders. Additionally, its methodology will contribute to the fields of sensory evaluation, food science, and agriculture. This recruitment is part of a research study, and the results may be published. Participation is voluntary and will not affect your relationship with Virginia Tech or the VTSEL.

Login to your Compusense account at to take the “Cider Aroma Screener” or if you don’t have one, you can sign-up for a new Compusense account at You will also have the option to opt-in to announcements of our studies, so you can be the first to know about future sensory-evaluation opportunities.

WHEN: Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, 2019. From 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. each day.

WHERE: Sensory Evaluation Lab, Room 205, HABB1, Virginia Tech (1230 Washington St SW). Parking passes are available upon request.


QUALIFICATIONS: You must be 21 years or older to participate in this study. Please bring government-issued photo ID with your birthdate to verify age. You should not participate in this study if you are allergic to alcohol or fermented beverages. You must be willing to smell hard ciders.

CONTACT: Amy Moore at