acquired taste

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acquired taste

Something, especially food or drink, that is unpleasant at first, but which becomes (or will become) more enjoyable over time. I once thought sushi was totally gross, but I've found that it's something of an acquired taste.
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acquired taste

Something one learns to like rather than appreciates immediately. For example, Because it is so salty, caviar for many individuals is an acquired taste, or With its lack of decorative detail, this china pattern is definitely an acquired taste. [Mid-1800s]
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an acquired taste

If someone or something is an acquired taste, you do not like them at first but may start to like them when they are more familiar. Tibetan tea is most definitely an acquired taste. This author is an acquired taste and even her most devoted admirers will find A Spanish Lover difficult to read.
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an acquired ˈtaste

a thing which you find unpleasant or do not appreciate at first but which you gradually learn to like: Whisky is an acquired taste.
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First, note that acquired taste and counterfeit taste are inextricably linked.
When she manages to overcome this, the quirky quality of her vocals puts her in the same company as women like Tori Amos and Rickie Lee Jones, both incredible singers considered by many to be an acquired taste.
Her confessional, piano-based pop, however, is something of an acquired taste.
While minimalism is often dismissed as an acquired taste of the architectural cognoscenti, the appointment of David Chipperfield and the broad public support for this spare and uncompromisingly modern building suggest otherwise and confound the notion of a conservative American Midwest.
Some grubs are reported to have a nutty flavor, but they're undoubtedly an acquired taste.
Caviar is an acquired taste," he adds, "but it's one that's easy to acquire.
Thomas has chartered the Bella Vista for both business and pleasure trips from San Francisco to Denver and from Chicago to the Greenbrier in West Virginia, and he asserts that riding the Bella Vista isn't an acquired taste.
88 Not one of the world's smoothest -- something of an acquired taste, with hints of plum my fruitiness at the finish.
Perception, whether through vision or any other sense, is an acquired taste.
Rare are those people unable to feel the brief, sudden vertigo of that very moment when what one sees is suddenly reconfigured by one's mind into something wholly different: Sandback's art needs no explanation, it is not an acquired taste.
Part of the explanation lies in his gritty and sometimes strangled-sounding voice, which is something of an acquired taste, one best acquired by listening repeatedly to his instrumentally spare and emotionally ri ch Bring the Family (A&M 75021-5158-2 [1987]).
While Chaminade's works may, for some, be an acquired taste, there is plenty of historical and musical value in them.
It's safe to say that traditional lambic--real lambic, if you will--is an acquired taste.