Everything you wanted to know about finest drinking waters

Michael Mascha is a retired Austrian anthropologist who became one of the world’s most famous water connoisseurs. “It is all about enjoying food and caring about where it is coming from, water needs to be included in this.”

A lifelong wine lover, Mascha developed an allergy that forced him to quit wine. For Mascha the wine prohibition was painful. Following his doctor’s orders, Mascha stopped sipping wine and carefully designed a storage system for his 500+ bottled wine collection (“In case I am diagnosed with a fatal disease, then I can go back to wine,” said Mascha.) Like a cigarette addict unsure of what to place between his fingers, Mascha searched for an outlet for his love of tasting, appreciating and categorizing wines. He found water.

In his portal dedicated to the finest waters http://www.finewaters.com/ Mascha writes:

Water is not Water. At first glance, waters may not seem to have the individual characteristics that distinguish wines, but distinct differences become apparent when the attention is focused on water.

Like wine water has terroir and it is a natural product that originates from a particular place with unique properties. That is of course if you drink premium bottled water. About 40% of the bottled water sold in the US is purified tap water and available from brands like Aquafina, Dasani and many others. If it says municipal source on the label it’s not premium water and highly processed.

There is nothing wrong with tap water and in most places its save to drink and in some instances it actually does not taste too bad. Tap water is for hydration while premium bottled water deserves a place at the table in an epicurean context.

Enjoying bottled water is not a new trend as many belief. In the Roman Empire earthen jars filled with naturally carbonated water from Northern Germany (today’s Apollinaris) whas transported to Rome at great expense and the 11 aqueducts streaming water into the city were rated according to the taste and quality of the water.

All these waters have special characteristics and we can now think of integrating it into the epicurean context similar to wine in what I like to call the Bottled Water Etiquette.

Where does water come from?

Ours is the blue planet, and the hallmark of life on Earth is water. But where did this colorless, odorless liquid first come from?

Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that water is not native to Earth but rather was imported from the edges of our solar system as ice trapped in comets. Scientists think this water was first delivered here more than four billion years ago. During the meteor shower that gave the Moon most of its craters, Earth received five hundred times more “hits” than its moon did; since the planet has a greater critical mass than its satellite, Earth was also able to hold on to much of the water from the ice.

How old is your water?

When you open a bottle of Fiji Water today you drink the rain water that fell around 450 years ago at the time Balboa discovered the Pacific. Carbon dating tells that the what we drink today from a bottle of Fiji Water is rain that fell more than 450 years ago, and it has been percolating ever since through layers of silica, basalt and sandstone.

Read more about water athttp://www.finewaters.com/


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