Cheese Tasting

To fully appreciate a cheese and its myriad of flavours requires a systematic approach to tasting: from palate cleansers to sensorial analysis.
We’ve gathered all the information in this 101 guide to download and use offline.


This 101 guide for Cheese Tasting contains:

  • How We Taste Cheese

  • The Five Simple Flavours

  • What Are Complex Flavours?

  • The Affineur's Role in Tasting Cheese

  • How To Describe Cheese Flavours


Frequently Asked Questions

Who wrote this information?

The Academy of Cheese has been set-up to promote cheese knowledge and provide career development, both within the industry and amongst the wider public. It culminates in the industry-accredited role of Master of Cheese.

Where can I learn more about cheese tasting?

Cheese Tasting is a fundamental part of the content in our certifications. So, if you’re looking for a place to start studying, we recommend our Level One Associate Cheese accreditation course.

Otherwise, check out this learning resource, where we have collected our regulations and good practice resources in one place.

Can I join the Academy of Cheese?

Yes, the Academy of Cheese is open to everyone! If you aspire to become more knowledgeable and develop a great understanding of all aspects of cheese, then welcome aboard. Register for free.