Associated Sensory Terms:

Vanilla Pods, Cream Soda, Ice Cream, Custard-like


Vanilla is referred to as 'Vanillin' in the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon.

GMP Flavour Standard

FlavorActiV GMP Pharmaceutical Quality flavour reference standards can be added to alomst any liquid to impart a real flavour, off-note, or taint that's safe to both smell and taste. The flavour standards are sold individually in packs of 5 capsules, each capsule separately blister packed to provide flavour protection and prolonged shelf life.

Production adheres to strict pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) quality controls. FlavorActiV's dedicated GMP Flavour Centre is certified and regulated by the UK Government’s Medicine Regulatory & Healthcare Product Agency (MHRA) to a standard which far exceed ISO 9001, ISO 17025 or any food grade certification.

Beer Sensory

Cause of Flavour

In alcoholic beverages vanilla is formed by phenolic compound changes (conversion of guaiacol) in aged beer, being imparted during production in spirits and being added in as a flavouring. Barley can also impart vanilla flavours - due to the breakdown of cell wall materials.

In non-alcoholic beverages vanilla is generally seen as an off-flavour that can occur due to carryover between products during different bottling runs.


+ Beer Flavour Wheel Number: 1003
+ Flavour Level Seen: 40ug/l
+ Recommended flavour standard / sensory reference standard of the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and the European Brewing Chemists (EBC).

Coffee Sensory


An extremely sweet, non-natural aromatic associated with vanilla, cotton candy, and marshmallows.

FlavorActiV's GMP Flavour Reference Standard Vanilla has undergone evaluation by the same research team behind the first World Coffee Research Lexicon, and has been approved for inclusion within the latest World Coffee Research Lexicon as a validated coffee flavour reference.

In early 2014, together with two of the coffee industry’s leading organisations, FlavorActiV developed and launched an advanced Calibrating Coffee Sensory Plan to provide cupper training, cupper calibration and coffee tools throughout the coffee supply chain. In 2016 FlavorActiV partnered with World Coffee Research to validate the use of FlavorActiV's GMP Flavour Standards as reference standards within WCR's lexicon. FlavorActiV's Vanilla is of the 24 validated flavour reference standards.

View all FlavorActiV GMP Coffee Flavour Standards.