Colour-taste synesthesia

(or colour-to-taste synesthesia)

It could be considered a type of visual-gustatory or conceptual-gustatory synesthesia

This type of synesthesia appears to be uncommon. It can exist alone or together with colour-to-smell synesthesia, as people with this latter type often say that seeing colours causes them to perceive both olfactory and gustatory concurrents and it is sometimes even difficult for them to distinguish whether what they are perceiving is a taste or a smell.

Go to the page on colour-to-smell synesthesia

Here are some descriptions written by people with this type of synesthesia:

“Red is not cherry. Each color has a unique identificative taste, but the tastes don’t really correspond to "real life" tastes. Its hard to explain how blue tastes, it just tastes like blue!

Different shades all have different tastes, and it can vary greatly. It's all the same general taste, like blue is always sweet, but the kind of sweet changes from shade to shade.”

(Source: This comment on Reddit/Synesthesia. 2017.)

“Brown. Rich, moist, a very deep flavor, salty and slightly bitter with a creamy texture. It’s a very specific brown that illicits that taste. Hard to describe.

Purple. Velvety, overly sweet with a touch of sour and very very rich.”

Not all colors, but many. It’s not overwhelming really because I’m used to it.

(Source: post and comments by "redheadedstranger" in this forum. 2013.)

“I taste and smell colors. Taste is around eyes but when strong enough it hits the back of my tongue/throat. Aroma is smelled with my physical nose when I breathe air with it.”

(Source: This comment on Reddit/Synesthesia. 2017.)

“I can taste colours, yet only when I think about it, otherwise I don't really notice it.

When you look at a colour, you percieve it visually as a colour (i.e. red, green, blue). But you also view it as a taste. Most colours taste like things that you can't really relate to. (However, black specifically has a bland, wholesome taste to it).”

(Source: This comment on Reddit/Synesthesia. 2017.)

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This page last updated: 09 July 2022


  1. I paint, when I get the image of the see I can smell it

  2. pride flags have a sorta "taste" for me

    for example the mlm flag tastes like fruit roll ups
    genderfluid flag tastes like berries
    trans flag tastes like cotton candy
    non binary (which is what i am) tastes like bananas

    but by taste i mean like a minds eye but for my tongue, like a minds tongue
    and its also pretty faint

    is this synesthesia or am i just weird

    1. Yes, what you describe here is consistent with synesthesia, but probably better described on the page on Concept-taste ( than Colour-taste, if your taste reactions are specific to the series of pride flags and not just colours or colour combinations in general. It's very interesting what you describe. Obviously a strong, literal consistent taste in your mouth for the different elements in the series would be a very clear synesthesia, but even if the tastes are only faintly perceived or you only get them sometimes (as long as they're consistent: same element in the series, same taste perception), it would still be considered synesthesia.

  3. Hi, I can taste both objects and colors and I'm not really sure what that means.

    The things that I taste are usually very specific. For example, there is one type of green grass that is my absolute favorite, and one singular telephone pole that has just the right texture in which I can taste the flavor I'm searching for. The pole has a rich, artificial, chocolate taste to it with a rough-ish texture.

    Does anyone know what that is?