Jack and Grace Lamb opened Degustation in April, next to their upscale sushi restaurant, Jewel Bako; while the O.E.D. says that “degust” means “to taste attentively,” and, in French, a menu dégustation is a tasting menu, this spot might be better described as sushi-does-tapas.
Now, if the soupe au vin had been known in Troy, it is clear that in declining vinum merum upon that score, he would have added in the hexameter, 'But a soupe au vin, madam, I will degust, and gratefully.'
Charles Reade, The Cloister and the Hearth. Amazon
Vahe Gérard, president of his family's small but globally recognized cigar shop in Geneva, proffers this prediction: "We will have fewer and fewer smokers, but we will have more and more people who degust, who really taste with enjoyment".