I went through several lists trying to find a word describing a specific food taste to it.

Like this one.

Or that one.

I am trying to find an appropriate word for the following taste description:

With some 'oomph!' to it but delicious / strong but delicious.

In that context, 'oomph' would be like "leaves a strong initial impression on your taste buds, but tastes delicious overall"

What would be the best word fitting that description?

I couldn't find it in lists above.

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    Spicy? Strong? Aromatic? You can help by describing the kind of oomph you have in mind. Or perhaps it’s just on the tip of your tongue. :) – Lawrence Sep 7 '18 at 15:19
  • @Lawrence Like, leaves a strong initial impression on your taste buds, but tastes delicious overall (e.g afterwards the initial "oomph"). – Vadzim Savenok Sep 7 '18 at 15:22
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    Please edit with some examples. Wasabi? Garlic? Vinegar? Cheese? – Lawrence Sep 7 '18 at 15:24
  • @Lawrence I took another looks at lists. Will "Zesty" fit the description? – Vadzim Savenok Sep 7 '18 at 15:26
  • Not if it’s hot chilli peppers you’re thinking of. – Lawrence Sep 7 '18 at 15:31

This vinegar gives the dish some kick or pizzazz.

Oomph is really for energy, kick is for taste.

I don't have any oomph today.

Of course, one can say all sorts of things about food and its gustatory effects. That said, kick is often used. Pizzazz is usually about clothes or decoration(s), but it works with food, too.

"I have it very rarely — only when I want something with a little kick, because even when I order it “not spicy,” I still have trouble eating it. Tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot-and-sour flavor." kick

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  • What if we modify description into "strong delicious taste", without a "kick"? – Vadzim Savenok Sep 7 '18 at 17:26
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    too similar for a separate answer: "some punch" is also good. – tmgr Sep 7 '18 at 21:27
  • @VadzimSavenok Whatever. – Lambie Sep 7 '18 at 21:29
  • As thanks for the effort. Never thought it would end up being so difficult. – Vadzim Savenok Sep 7 '18 at 21:43

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