Tasting music for me is much like tasting food. Some recipes and presentations of foods are very good, while other combinations of ingredients and presentations are horrible.
Music can be seen as a combination of musical ingredients. If I want to taste some blues, then I will likely hear some call and response, 12 bar progression, expressive improvisational solos, and feeling in the vocals. This is one of my favorite musical foods, just like the way I like Mexican food because of the ingredients that usually make up those dishes.
I dislike some specific groups and their own specific styles, but it is more difficult to say I hate an entire genre. A lot has to do with how the music is presented. I can enjoy heavy metal, if it has sweet guitar solos. I can enjoy country music if it tastes authentic. I can enjoy pop music if there is smoke in the singer's voice and spicy dynamic changes. Jazz has it's own distinctive taste, but some Jazz is too difficult to digest. I prefer my Jazz "cool."
I believe that we all have our own tastes for music that don't match any other person's exactly. If I had to choose between no music at all and music that I say that I dislike now, I would probably choose the music I dislike. I think music is a need for me just like food. I need it to survive and be well. I could survive with music I don't like for a while, but I would feel malnourished. So, the music I dislike is the music that does not nourish my souls thirst for expressive, interesting, sensible music.
Writing music that is tasteful for others is another challenge in itself. Having to think of what others might want takes a producer's mind, not just a creative songwriter's mind. In my work here with EngagingMelodies I aspire to choose good ingredients, style, and present tastefully, because I am preparing the meal for someone else.