Sensory Training in Honey

Dear Friends of the AHTS community,


We have been carefully following Covid-19 across the globe and now in the U.S.

As you may know, Italy has been under a strict national quarantine and since our

co-instructors travel from Bologna, Italy we are keeping a vigilant eye on developments over the next few months. There is nothing more important than keeping everyone safe and comfortable when traveling to participate in our

sensory evaluation courses.


At this time the AHTS has decided to postpone both our May 21- 24 and July 30 - August 2 courses until we are able to comfortably travel and engage in social events. It was a difficult decision to make but the right one. If you have registered and paid for a seat we are offering to hold your reservation until a new date has been agreed upon or if you prefer, we can offer you a full refund. Simply email us your full name and date of course you registered for and let us know which option you prefer. 


We hope you stay safe during until these unprecedented times and hope to see

you in classroom sometime in the very near future.


We are offering Learn at Home On Line Course.


If you have any questions please email us at


The AHTS's sensory training courses in honey offer students a rare opportunity to be fully immersed in the complex world of honey. Through interactive, self-testing exercises students will be guided through the methods of sensory analysis to taste and evaluate honey at an academic level. Our instructors are beekeepers and have been trained by Italian National Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey

The art of being a honey tasting expert is as complex as being a wine or olive oil sommelier.





MORNING 9:30-13:00

  • Introduction to the course, presentation of speakers and participants

  • Sensory analysis: general criteria, elements of sensory physiology, the environment, the materials, and individual variations

  • *4 basic taste trials, checking the limits of individual sensory perception

  • *Perception of flavour, aroma and other chemical perceptions

  • The Honey wheel(s)

AFTERNOON 14,30-18

  • *Olfactory trials to recognize common odours

  • *Olfactory trials on unifloral honey samples (memorization)

  • Honey origin & composition.

  • Discussion



MORNING 9.30-13

  • The tasting technique

  • *Tasting of 17 single origin honey samples: description and memorizing of olfactory and gustative characteristics

  • Honey properties, nutritional properties and its use in the kitchen

AFTERNOON 14.30-18

  • *Olfactory trials to recognize unifloral honey samples

  • *Tasting of crystallized honey samples (with different structures)

  • Crystallization in honey: natural process vs technology.

  • Discussion



MORNING 9.30-13

  • *Tasting of 17 single origin honey samples: description and memorizing of olfactory and gustative characteristics

  • Defective honeys: origin of the most common ones

  • *Tasting of defective honeys

AFTERNOON 14.30-18

  • *Trials to recognize the unifloral honey samples

  • Honey Lab Analysis for market assessment.

  • *Triangular discriminatory tests (2)



MORNING 9.30-13

  • Honey, Regulation and Labelling

  • *Trials to recognize the unifloral honey samples in a blending

  • *Triangular discriminatory tests (3)

AFTERNOON 14.30-18

  • Possible usage of the sensory analysis

  • Evaluation methods (evaluation forms)

  • * Evaluation trials on honey provided by the participants

  • * Mock honey contest

  • Conclusion of the course and distribution of the participation certificates

• Certificate of completion awarded at the end of course.

Fully accredited toward advancing to Level I and Level II in Italy.

Seats are limited for each course, travel and accommodations are not included.

Travel information.