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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.
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In addition to the five basic tastes of salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami, electronic tongues can also detect metallic or astringent components.
The authors suggest that this blunted ability to distinguish all five tastes of bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami (savoury) may prompt them to eat larger quantities of food in a bid to register the same taste sensation.
Mean liking ratings of the five basic tastes of CKD patients compared to control group.
Recent research shows that the tongue has special receptors for calcium aside from the other more basic tastes of sweet, salty, sour and bitter
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.
Comments: Simply outstanding, with intense tastes of tightly wound fruit and rich earth.
"There are different levels of acidity, and different types of salt are suited in different preparations." Among the many salts stocked in his kitchen are: fleur de sel from Breton; fleur de sel from Ile de Re; tonton salt from the South of France, which is good with starchy ingredients, deep sea Japanese salt, which works well for curing or salt crusting ingredients; purple salt from South America that tastes of limestone; and Maldon sea salt from England, good when used with frozen items like ice creams or sorbets.
Animals prefer the tastes of foods which grow readily in their environment, which is why part of their research includes making zoo diets more palatable.
With liberal intellectuals cast as a "class" unto themselves, the entire post-1929 history of the United States becomes a nightmare of "elitism," of hateful snobbery toward the ways and tastes of The People.
But these databases do contain something vital to a successful reading culture: reliable information about the preferences and tastes of a growing segment of the book-buying public.
A patient may also be asked to compare the smells or tastes of different chemicals or to note how the intensities of smells or tastes grow when a chemical's concentration is increased.