Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University seeks 150 stout drinkers for taste panel

The team is recruiting 100 people who are already stout drinkers as well as 50 people who have not drunk stout before but are keen to try it.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 2:15 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:27 pm

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Run by the University’s Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, recruitment for tasters starts now with the trial set to begin later in May.

Each participant will receive a £10 John Lewis or Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part.

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Testers, who must be 18 or over, will be asked to pick up samples from the university’s campus and will be given two sample stout recipes to taste at home and then fill out a 30-40 minute online questionnaire highlighting their preferred drink.

Head of Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation the university Catriona Liddle said: “Our consumer tasting panels are extremely popular with foodies and people from the local community who enjoy sampling and talking about food and drink.

“It’s open to people who are already part of our existing consumer panel, but it’s also an opportunity for new people who might like to get involved in further food and drink tasting panels.

“We normally have multiple sessions running on campus each week across all food types. The only consideration is that sadly we cannot accept any applications from those with food allergies or food restrictions.

“The samples on this trial will be blind tested, so participants won’t know which type of stout they are tasting, and we will be using the results to help create Scotland’s favourite stout.”

Those interested should contact the food team on [email protected] to apply.

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