Visualization of flavor of sake using taste sensor and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

Yoichiro Kanno, Miyo Hirata, Keiichi Mitani, Shiho Shirota, Takeshi Onodera, Kiyoshi Toko

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In the alcoholic beverage industry, expressing “flavor” of sake in an easy-to-understand manner is one of the important issues. So far, we have been conducting equipment analyses using taste sensors and sensory evaluation when people actually drink sake in order to easily understand the “taste” of sake felt by the tongue. By combining them statistically, we have developed the “Sake Flavor Chart.” However, the map does not include data on the “scent” of sake. The scent of sake is composed of various ingredients such as banana and apple-like scent called “Ginjo” scent, aged scent, and aldehyde odor, and is a very important factor in expressing the “flavor” of sake. The purpose of this study is to improve the accuracy of the existing sake taste map by comprehensively analyzing the “flavor” of sake using a taste sensor and GC-MS. In this research, “Sake Flavor Chart” becomes a tool that can express not only the “taste” but also the “scent” of sake in an objective and easy-to-understand manner by approaching the flavor of sake from more diverse perspectives than before.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12299
JournalElectronics and Communications in Japan
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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