The Taste of His Skin…

Continuing with blogging through the senses – I’ve arrived at the sense of taste. This is often a difficult one to include in writing, as you have to be able to conjure up the particular taste in a reader’s mouth and allow them to imagine having the taste experience you have in mind through mere words.


There are of course many different types of taste, good, bad, sweet, sour, salty, savoury and if you live in my household very very hot chilli! We all have our own particular favourites and writing about them can be complicated by individual preferences. Some people’s comfort foods are chocolate and cake, but if you are trying to give a positive taste analogy and someone hates sweet things, it might not work too well in your novel.

Taste is closely linked with smell and sight, as a complete package, which makes imagery even more complex. Taste can also be used for references away from food and these present particular challenges to a writer. However, I feel it is worth persevering to get the right words for a taste as it adds another dimension.


In writing romance taste might be used in a sensual manner – the taste of a lover’s skin, tongue, lips….

In suspense, it might refer to atmosphere too – She could taste danger/fear.

Your challenge today is to give me some good examples of the use of taste in writing or even a taste you would like help to describe, so that you can include it in your own work.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.


  1. True, taste is difficult to describe in writing because we often use one taste to describe another or we describe it with vague adjectives (“The mint tea was sharp, pungent.”)



    1. Thank you for the comment. Yes, I must admit to struggling a bit to describe taste in writing. I shall challenge myself to include more references to it in my work in progress. Mx


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