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Clairgustance – The Spiritual Connoisseur

Visit PsychicAccess.comClairgustance or ‘clear taste’ is probably the most unusual of all the psychic phenomena.

It is a form of extra-sensory perception (ESP) that allows the gifted person to taste a substance associated with someone or something from the past, present or future.

Psychics with this ability experience a variety of taste sensations, without actually placing anything on their tongue or into their mouth.

Clairgustance therefore enables us to receive messages from the spiritual realm by ‘tasting’ the essence of various substances in the form of ‘non-physical flavors’. The effect is ultimately very similar to our normal sense of taste, but the items we are tasting are not physically present.

What could the purpose of such an odd psychic sense possibly be? Well, believe it or not, it does come in handy! Psychics who work in law-enforcement or forensics, for example, benefit greatly from their ability to become aware of the taste of chemicals, drugs or blood. It often provides clues to how a victim died, or how they were kidnapped or murdered.

Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others – Henry Fielding

Some medical intuitives can taste certain foods a person may need for their health, such as the taste of orange juice for someone who lacks vitamin C. The taste of certain medicinal substances could also indicate a possible cause of illness, or what kind of treatment to seek.

It is also very handy in some situations if you can ‘taste’ something that is harmful or dangerous; this enables you to get the necessary information about what or where the substance was, without having to physically expose yourself to it.

Mediums rely on clairgustance most often, to identify the source or reason for a message, or to communicate with the consciousness of a loved one who has passed. In this case the various tastes are directly associated with those they are communicating with. Nothing is more validating than an accurate description of your granny’s home-baked cinnamon biscuits, made from her secret recipe, or your uncle’s favorite ketchup, with which he always smothered his food at family celebrations!

But this gift of taste is not only applicable to the deceased, or non-physical entities.  Psychics also experience tastes that are linked to the living. For example, when I am about to get a phone call from one of my closest friends, I always get a strong taste of cabernet sauvignon, his favorite red wine cultivar. He is an avid wine collector and connoisseur, and whenever we visit him, he always opens a bottle. Over the years I have come to associate this taste with his energy signature. Surprise visits from him are therefore impossible, try as he might!

You may taste the other flavors, but your thirst shall not depart, even for an instant. But when you taste the sweet flavor of the Lord’s sublime essence – upon tasting it, you shall be wonder-struck and amazed – Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Another odd habit I have is to get a craving for cupcakes with pink frosting – always when I am forgetting someone’s birthday (don’t ask, it is a peculiar story dating back to grade school). Needless to say, this happens a lot, because I am absolutely useless at remembering names and birthdays. At least I am good with faces and energy vibrations!

Clairgustance is seldom experienced on its own. In fact,  it is very closely associated with clairolfaction or ‘clear smelling’, also known as ‘clairalience’ or ‘clairessence’. The two typically go together and it is not unusual for a psychic to experience a certain taste along with the accompanying smell or odor.

Clairgustance often also serves to enhance at least one of the other, more prominent psychic senses. such as clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience and claircognizance.  Most psychics and mediums have a combination of extra-sensory abilities which, apart from the sense of gustation or taste, may include clairvoyance (vision or seeing), clairsentience (somatosensation or sensing), clairaudience (audition or hearing), clairolfaction (olfaction or smelling), claircognizance (knowing). Additionally, some experts also prefer to identify two “sub-senses” within the realm of clairsentience, namely clairempathy (emotion or feeling),  and clairtangency (tactition or touching).

Fortunately, I don’t experience these tastes very often, and I usually have to deal with normal food items, or pleasant flavors, when it does come around. Friends and co-workers, however, have mentioned some really weird and funny taste sensations they have had over the years, including rubber, charcoal, cigarettes and bile! Some clairgustants also experience related oral sensations, such as a dry mouth, burping, hiccups, salivating, or sudden food cravings.

© 2010 Anthon St Maarten

Anthon was interviewed on the subject of the ‘Clair Senses’ by Psychic Viewpoint on Psychic Access Talk Radio during two broadcasts on August 11, 2011 and October 27, 2011. To listen to the archive recordings visit Anthon’s guest page at Psychic Access Talk Radio.

About The Author: Anthon St Maarten

Anthon St Maarten is an international psychic medium, intuitive consultant and destiny coach. He has been consulting professionally as psychic medium since 2004 and has since established himself as a trusted advisor to many people all over the world. He is also a sought-after inspirational speaker, metaphysics teacher, radio personality, spiritual author and blogger, with a special interest in New Thought spirituality, metaphysics, parapsychology, mediumship and psychic phenomena. He is best known for his bestselling practical spirituality book Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny You can get a psychic reading from Anthon at

9 Responses to Clairgustance – The Spiritual Connoisseur

  • Wow, I’ve never seen anyone else talk about this subject, or that it has a name! I have had this experience, although it’s been in connection with loved ones that are still here. Strangely enough I had such a strong connection with one particular person, I would find myself tasting whatever he was having for lunch, many miles away. It was strange, but fun. I’d always call and ask, “Did you have (certain food) today?” And he’d say “Yeah! How did you know?” I could taste it!

  • Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experience Nicole! 🙂

  • I am a massage therapist and energy worker…and I see things, hear things, experience emotions and pangs associated with my clients, but the most interesting thing that I have developed is…well, I have a habit of smelling “everything” now…It started with food and things I ate…by its smell, I could tell if it would make me feel bad or not(diabetic). I also have an adversion to water from certain homes and even bottled water. Then I started to smell sickness on my clients. Then I started to smell it on people as I would sit next to them on the bus or on the street. Pretty soon, I recognized that whole cities smelled iller than others. Hong Kong was the worst. Not everyone mind you or everything. With my clients, I learned how to get them to talk, I soon learned that different smells meant different things…and when I would close my eyes and just smell, generally pictures would flash in my minds eye…and at first I questioned everything I used to see and feel, and now its part of my treatments. I not only feel people with my hands…all of my senses are involved. This could be looked at in many ways…I personally hardly think about it anymore.

  • Thank you for your wonderful contribution Magolia! I have written another article of this site focusing specifically on what you are describing. It is titled “Clairalience – The Gift Of Psychic Smell” and you can read it here:

  • A great article Anthon.

    I have been clairgustant for many years now. It’s something I that often find kicks into action when I meet someone new.

    People usually present fairly well, a range of flavors none of which are actually unpleasant, however I have also met a few that were not so nice.
    Several have ‘tasted’ rather unpleasant, like ash, mold, used oil or polluted water. The worst I describe as pond scum, a completely off algae like wettish decomposing taste that is hard to shake off.

    Thankfully clairgustance (at least for me) doesn’t cause retching or illness, at worst it is simply leaves a bad taste in the mouth – which is an age old saying that identifies this as a very old skill indeed.

    As you’ve stated in your article, clairgustance usually kicks in with a range of other ‘abilities’. For me that is often claircognizence, clairvoyance, or empathy however other related sensations do appear less frequently.

  • Thank you for sharing Peter! The “pond scum” idea is hilarious, but also makes a lot of sense to me. I have tasted something similar and never had a name for it before. I find that people with a “bad taste” often have personalities to match! Your take on the origins of the saying “leaving a bad taste in one’s mouth” is also interesting and most enlightening! Thank you 🙂

  • Someone just recently told me that I had the psychic sense of taste. I had no idea you could have this. I see, hear, feel, and smell, so why would taste be any different!! Thank you for writing about it. It was really nice to hear another prospective, and how it is used. Now I can pay closer attention to it. Awareness truly plays such a big part of it. I remember for years I wondered around in the dark, not knowing what I was or what I had the potential to be. But somewhere in that darkness, I found a light. Others had to help me see it. But once I saw it, amazing things began happening. I began to trust my intuition, and started listing to my higher-self. Each day a new gift unfolds. And what an amazing journey it has been. I am truly blessed every time someone post a helpful tool towards psychic awareness.

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