taste of (something)

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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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"When we do a tasting of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino, our customers learn the difference between them.
A flight may include four J sparking wines, paired with appetizers like lobster canapes and seared foie gras crostini, or a vertical tasting of Nicole's Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with wild mushroom frittata and duck breast crostini.
The interaction of the oral and nasal senses further augments the tasting of food; most people don't notice this until a head cold prevents them from appreciating the flavors of the foods they're eating.
There is a charge of $1 for a tasting of five wines, which gives consumers an opportunity to learn about the wines inexpensively.