taste (n.)
trial, testing, proof
2H4 II.iii.52[Lady Northumberland to Northumberland] fly to Scotland, / Till that the nobles and the armed commons / Have of their puissance made a little taste
KL I.ii.45[Edmund to Gloucester, of Edgar's supposed letter] I hope ... he wrote this but as an essay or taste of my virtue
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2020 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL