Water 101, What is destilled, purified, spring and mineral water?
Distilled Water: Water that has many of its impurities removed through distillation. Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container. Longterm consumption of distilled or demineralized water containing low TDS levels is not recommended and can be linked to increased diuresis, body water volume, serum sodium concentrations, decreased serum potassium concentration, and increased elimination of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium ions from the body. Simply put, drinking distilled water for an extended period of time can put one's health in jeopardy.
Purified Water: Derived from a municipal source and has been filtered through reverse osmosis with a minimum amount of added minerals.
Spring Water: The most honest form of water sourced from natural springs.
Mineral Water: Comes from natural springs and has to have a mineral content, also known as TDS (total dissolved solids), of at least 250ppm.
Can you pair water to food and other beverages?
YES, YOU CAN
It is important to consider water in the context of how it pairs with food and cocktails. Most people do not realize that water has a huge impact on everything presented on a plate or in a glass. For example, water can lower acidity and tannins in wine just like the right ice cube in a cocktail can make spirits sing.
Low mineral water with a smooth mouth feel pairs perfectly to salads. The acidity of the salad dressing will be lowered by the smooth mouth feel, and the overall experience will be more pleasant. Food with a richness in flavors, like a steak or braised dishes, can be nicely paired with a mineral water with carbonation and a medium mineral level which can support the richness of the flavors.
Of course being German, I have to highlight the importance of the water in beer. As beer is almost 90 percent water, utilizing a good spring in production is vital.
Has water terroir like wine?
YES, IT HAS
All waters from the Patina Group water menus come from the same source: rainwater. Falling from the sky onto the ground, the rainwater naturally filters through the layers of earth picking up different natural minerals along the way. Once again, like wine, one can actually taste the region and depth from which the water comes. It's called terroir. In the world of water, the mineral levels that create flavor are measured by TDS or total dissolved solids.
How does one develop his palate for water tasting?
EVERYBODY CAN TASTE THE DIFFERENCE
Just buy different brands of water with different TDS levels and taste them side by side. Do not chill them, taste them for the first time at room temperature. You will suddenly see how different they actually are. They can be salty, sweet, smooth, fruity, complex, metallic....
Is tap water really all that bad?
NO, IT DEPENDS WERE THE TAP WATER IS COMING FROM
Here in LA, I do not like the taste and smell of tap water because the water is chlorinated. In other states, you can have great tasting tap water. Like in Alaska.
If you were forced to reach for a bottle of water off the shelves of a supermarket, what would you go for?
I BUY, ALL THE TIME, WATER FROM THE SUPERMARKET
The only thing I am looking for is spring or mineral water when I buy at the supermarket. These waters are coming from natural springs and receive amounts of minerals from nature.
What is alcaline water?
A PH OF 7.5 OR ABOVE IS ALL IT MEANS
THE CLAIM "NEUTRALIZE YOUR BODYS PH"
ITS A BIG MARKETING TACTIC FOR ME
Proponents of alkaline water usually argue that it's important to "neutralize" the body's pH and keep it from being too acidic. However, our bodies have more than one pH, not to mention incredible regulating systems to keep those pH levels stable.
Many mineral waters do have a higher pH than purified waters or low mineral spring waters, but some people seem to be mistakenly using alkaline to mean remineralized filtered water. Remember Vichy and Roi, two waters with extremely high mineral content? They both can have a fairly neutral pH of 6.8. Although it's easy to feel like you need a degree in chemistry to understand the nuances of pH, it's worth noting that even doctors who are vocal supporters of alternative health treatments have debunked alkaline water claims.
Infused Water and Performance Beverages ?
WHEN WATER HAS CALORIES
THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING WRONG
When people say, 'I like my tap water when I add cucumbers,' I say great, They’re drinking water, and that’s good.
BUT: Water already has a taste. You don’t need to add something. That is, if you’re drinking tasty water.
If you prefer infused or flavored water, watch out for overpriced water products that are either bottled tap water with some fresh produce added — like the now infamous $6 asparagus water found at a Whole Foods in Brentwood — or calorie-loaded, sugar-heavy drinks like Vitamin Water.
You're better off making your own, I recommend: Add in some cucumber or some ginger. That’s very nice in water.
As for performance beverages and health tonics, I finds that the range of natural spring and mineral waters offer enough variety to tailor our beverage choice to our hydration needs. For daily hydration I might go with a water like Fiji, but after a workout, I chooses a mineral water like Vichy, which has almost the same electrolyte level as Gatorade but NO calories.
Artesian Water - Artisanal Water, where is the difference?
THERE IS NO ARTISANAL WATER,
BUT THERE IS ARTESIAN WATER
An artesian aquifer is a confined aquifer containing groundwater under positive pressure. This causes the water level in a well to rise to a point where hydrostatic equilibrium has been reached.
A well drilled into such an aquifer is called an artesian well. If water reaches the ground surface under the natural pressure of the aquifer, the well is called a flowing artesian well. For example Fiji ans Iskilde are Artesian Waters.
On the other hand, Artisanal is a product, especially by food or drink, made in a traditional or non-mechanized way.
Lot's of people get confused when it comes to both words. If you hand-bottle water from a natural spring in your back yard I suppose you could label the result artisanal artesian water.
A perfect parody about artisanal water can you find here, just click on the left picture.
Why can water be pricey?
IT IS JUST LIKE WINE
Some waters are limited and difficult to procure, and certain bottles feature high-end glass in their design. A water bottled from an 15,000 year old glacier is harder to produce than a purified water from a municipal source.