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.
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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.
"It is surprising that we know so little about how taste is affected by obesity, given that the taste of food is a big factor in determining what we choose to eat," said Patricia Di Lorenzo, professor of psychology, Binghamton University.
BECAUSE OF THE INHERENTLY bitter taste of many active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), developers of oral dosage forms use taste-masking technologies and/or flavoring excipients to create products that are well received by patients and consumers.
We generally surmise that umami, the taste of L-glutamate and a few other L-amino acids, reflects food's protein content.
In thinking about taste of this sort, I was reminded of William Wordsworth's poem "I wandered lonely as a cloud." In it, the poet describes walking aimlessly outdoors, then," all at once," finding himself confronted by a field of daffodils.
Children generally think they will not like the taste of a medication simply because--it's medicine!
We are left with just the bitter taste of the orange juice.
The unique taste of every food is made up of some combination of salt, sweet, sour, bitter or savory, just as you can make any color of paint by mixing together bits of red, yellow and blue.
Scientists have thought that the taste of carbonated beverages emerges from the physical bursting of bubbles on the tongue, says study coauthor Charles Zuker, a neuroscientist at Columbia University who did the work while at the University of California, San Diego.
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.
"Often de scribed as savory, rich, meaty, mouth-filling or brothy, it's the major reason people like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, oysters, braised meats, Asian fish sauce, ketchup and MSG, among other umami-loaded foods and seasonings."
A Taste Of Nostalgia: Tales And Recipes To Nourish Body And Soul, collectively authored by Rabbi Abraham J.
The findings, in conjunction with previous work on sweet, bitter, and umami (savory) taste, suggest that people differ in how they perceive the taste of foods; these differences are determined in part by their taste genes.