taste of (something)

taste of (something)

1. Literally, to elicit the same sensations of flavor in one's mouth as something else. This cake tastes exactly of the one my grandmother used to make when I was a kid. I've heard that certain insects taste of shrimp, but I still wouldn't be caught dead trying one.
2. By extension, to elicit, evoke, or be associated with a certain kind of sensation, emotion, or experience. I love sipping a cold beer out on my porch in the middle of summer. It tastes of freedom to me. With how ludicrously expensive the whole meal was, everything just tasted more of regret than anything else.
See also: of, taste

taste of something

 
1. to have a taste similar to something; to have the hint of a certain flavor. This ice cream tastes of apricots. Why does this wine taste of vinegar?
2. to take a taste of something. (Typically southern.) Here, taste of this pie. Can I taste of your apple?
See also: of, taste

taste of something

an experience; an example. Bill gave Sue a taste of her own rudeness. My friend used a parachute and got a taste of what it's like to be a bird.
See also: of, taste