bitter taste

bitter taste

a taste quality produced by quinine and many other substances.
References in classic literature ?
On that occasion the bitter taste of a stranding was not for my mouth.
Drink it and I'll give you a lump of sugar to take the bitter taste from your mouth.
Simply because strychnine has an unusually bitter taste.
Coffee has a bitter taste of its own which would probably cover the taste of strychnine.
The slanting rays of the sun were still hot; his clothes, soaked through with perspiration, stuck to his body; his left boot full of water weighed heavily on his leg and squeaked at every step; the sweat rain in drops down his powder-grimed face, his mouth was full of the bitter taste, his nose of the smell of powder and stagnant water, his ears were ringing with the incessant whir of the snipe; he could not touch the stock of his gun, it was so hot; his heart beat with short, rapid throbs; his hands shook with excitement, and his weary legs stumbled and staggered over the hillocks and in the swamp, but still he walked on and still he shot.
Rudeness affected Margaret like a bitter taste in the mouth.
It was dusk when she got home, and as she sat in the firelight eating her bread and milk, several tears bedewed the little rolls, and even the home honey had a bitter taste.
A bitter taste it is that such poor cattle always have in their mouths, and hard lives they live, Jacques.
The word "Delay" entered the secret chamber of my brain, resounded there like a tolling bell which maddens the ear, affected all my senses, took on a black colouring, a bitter taste, a deadly meaning.
The tubers were generally small, but I found one, of an oval shape, two inches in diameter: they resembled in every respect, and had the same smell as English potatoes; but when boiled they shrunk much, and were watery and insipid, without any bitter taste.
But now he had seen that world, possible and real, with a flower of a woman called Ruth in the midmost centre of it; and thenceforth he must know bitter tastes, and longings sharp as pain, and hopelessness that tantalized because it fed on hope.
It's bitter taste is balanced by malt and citrus from hops and yeast - and if you're a fan of stronger brewers, best bitter is for you.