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"Taste" and "flavo(u)r"

In American English, "taste" is a verb. You can taste food, but what you taste is its flavor. Food can "taste good," but cannot have "good taste."

In European English, a food can have good taste. The word is loosely interchangeable with "flavour" (in the
European spelling.)

In American English, a person can have "good taste" — a fine appreciation of superior quality. Food cannot. Food can have good flavor, and it can taste good.