taste of

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
References in classic literature ?
In the former case, it is well known that the entertainer provides what fare he pleases; and though this should be very indifferent, and utterly disagreeable to the taste of his company, they must not find any fault; nay, on the contrary, good breeding forces them outwardly to approve and to commend whatever is set before them.
With this nation of artists in emotion, the taste of the tea is a thing of lesser importance; it is the aroma which remains and delights.
Children generally think they will not like the taste of a medication simply because--it's medicine
They also found that people with a high sensitivity to the taste of fat tended to eat less fatty foods and were less likely to be overweight.
To test their hypothesis, they have been exploring the taste of metal.
3 : a small amount tasted <Do you want a taste of the ice cream?
Taste: This lasagna had the rich, pleasing taste of fresh tomatoes, but the pasta was a bit tough.
Matsunami speculates that researchers may someday exploit this research to change the taste of foods--for example, by increasing a soda's sourness without upping its tooth-degrading acidity.
When ice cream is served warm, the reaction of TRPM5 in the taste buds is much more intense and the taste of the melted ice cream is sweeter.
Moreover, these same people perceived no difference in the taste of the irradiated product compared with the non-irradiated.
If you don't like the taste of unsalted pretzels (they can be pretty flat, especially the whole wheats), buy the regular kind and scrape off most of the salt with your finger.
Scientists have found that the taste of calcium is distinct from the more basic tastes of sweet, salty, sour and bitter but it's definitely not appealing: A US study has found that there are special receptors on our tongue meant to detect calcium, and these are more developed in some of us: This may be why this group of people don't like calcium- rich food such as milk and tofu.