Taste is great- just what you expect and want for a cheesecake. (Though I am not a connoisseur of cheesecakes, particularly "New York" style) It was my first cheesecake I ever made and here are my tips for making it turn out better than mine did:
1. by "softened" cream cheese, they mean room temperature. Don't even try it until that cream cheese is really, really soft.
2. When you cream in the other ingredients into the cream cheese, mix them thoroughly after each addition. Other comments have said that it's the eggs that shouldn't be overly stirred, so stir and mix well the dry ingredients.
3. Add one egg at a time, mix. Add next egg. I had lumpy muck for my filling because I didn't mix the ingredients in order and I didn't slowly add the ingredients to get a fine consistency (and my cream cheese was too cold).
4. the crust is yummy, but don't prebake it too long or it will be a little dry and tough. just a little though.
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Taste is great- just what you expect and want for a cheesecake. (Though I am not a connoisseur...