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To taste vs To the taste

to taste —(in recipes) in the amount preferred:

  • Combine the cottage cheese with the egg and season to taste with salt.

to the taste

1. said of the particular sensation in the tongue:

  • The malt is decidedly sweeter to the taste then the original barley.

2. to a person’s liking:

  • Her neck and all about her is of that comeliness which is most to the taste of a man of my age.