I’m not sure most people use a world like “robust”. I think I’m with many folks here who don’t really know what to say about the word. The only thing I could think of is alcohol – I’ve heard the term used when describing wine and beer. It’s not a word I would use to describe either, but it did get me to thinking.
Beer and wine were both acquired tastes for me. I remember my first taste of beer and I remember thinking, why would anyone drink this? But for some unfathomable reason, I kept at it. Every time the boyfriend at the time would order a beer, I would take a sip. It was maybe about a year later when I started craving it and ordering it for myself. I don’t drink a lot of beer, but when I do, I actually prefer what you would call a more “robust” flavored beer. I don’t particularly like the standard beers like Budweiser and Miller. They taste watered down to me. (I fully admit this could have something to do with where I live and the fact that we can’t have “real” beer here)
I like beer from micro-breweries and I definitely like red colored beer as opposed to really dark beer or really light beer. I will also order a beer on tap before I will order a bottled beer.
Wine is the same. I like my wine red and dry. When I first started drinking, everyone kept offering me white wine and I would drink it in misery. I hated the stuff. It wasn’t until maybe eight years later that I came across someone who loved Merlot. She offered me some at a party one night and I was immediately hooked.
I’m not sure exactly what one means when saying wine has a “robust” flavor, but I imagine the wines I like tend to fit that description.
That’s about all I have for the word “robust”. I actually enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and how my taste in beer and wine has changed over the years.