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waterbaby Mar 8, 2004 08:33 AM

Has anybody tried this shmancy stuff? I'm wondering if it's just all about the bottle.

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    renee Mar 8, 2004 09:01 AM

    i got roped into it because of the extremely cool bottle. the water tastes like water. i can't taste the difference between any of the water brands. and as an aside, in blind taste tests, few people can guess correctly between pepsi and coke.

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      sbp Mar 8, 2004 10:38 AM

      You know, the whole "Pepsi Challenge" thing is a very clever marketing scam. They do a blind test and serve both soda's in little thimble sized cups. Pepsi invariably comes out ahead when the results are tallied up. The reason is that Pepsi is sweeter, and in very small amounts, people choose sweet. But when 12 ounce servings are involved, the public buys the less sweet Coke.

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        amkirkland Mar 5, 2007 11:13 AM

        according to brian wansink's study for "mindless eating," what renee says is true. It says nothing about preference.

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      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Mar 8, 2004 09:15 AM

      It makes a nice bud vase. That's about the only reason to pick up a bottle of it over the cheaper stuff. If you're thinking of going the bud vase route, seek out a bottle or three of Acqua Della Madonna- not only is it a nicer bottle, but it's a (naturally, if I remember correctly) sparkling water that tastes pretty darn good.

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        Caitlin McGrath Mar 9, 2004 03:27 PM

        Heh, so I'm not the only one who's bought Acqua Della Madonna just to use the bottle for a bud vase?

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          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Mar 5, 2007 11:20 PM

          One of their marketing slogans was "Free vase with every bottle!"

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        EMDB Mar 8, 2004 09:42 AM

        It's just the bottle. It's not that fabulous-- not like Fiji water, even. : )

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          Dommy Mar 7, 2007 01:37 PM

          I KNOW!! I much perfer Fiji! :)

          --Dommy!

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          rebs Mar 8, 2004 12:05 PM

          we used to serve it at my work. the sparkling i thought was great, the still wasn't anything to write home about. what i didn't like about it was for such an expensive bottle of water, it didn't really have that much water in it. and we were charging $7.25 for a large!!

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            Fatemeh Mar 8, 2004 01:23 PM

            Besides the bottle, I actually really like their sparking water - very fine bubbles, and a "just right" amount of sodium.

            At Dean & Deluca, it doesn't cost any more than the other bottled waters.

            1. jfood Mar 2, 2007 08:03 AM

              The restos that serve it always seem to bring it out already opened. I get verrrrry suspicious. The water itself is pretty non-descript, almost too close to distilled.

              Absolutely not worth the price of admission.

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                Oh Robin Mar 2, 2007 08:34 AM

                My boss is obsessed with this water. I can't tell the difference. Still love Aquafina and Long Beach, CA tap water.

                1. welle Mar 2, 2007 08:45 AM

                  Bottle looks too much like salon-wannabe hair product - I almost can taste shampoo when I see the bottle. And agree with jfood, why do restaurants always bring bottles open from the kitchen?

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                    JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Mar 5, 2007 11:34 PM

                    I work in a restaurant, so I can tell you very easily. Waiters don't have three arms. It's a lot easier for us to uncap the bottle over at the bar and then bring it over to the table than it is to uncap the bottle while it's sitting on the tray. This goes double for the pop-top bottles such as Pellegrino.

                  2. bitsubeats Mar 2, 2007 09:28 AM

                    I wish someone would bottle up the tap water from brooklyn, best tasting tap water I have ever had.

                    I'll drink pretty much any water as long as it isn't dasani, that stuff tastes pretty funny to me. Anyone else agree?

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                      orangewasabi Mar 2, 2007 12:33 PM

                      I agree, Dasani tastes weird in a not-good way to me. So does the flat Voss actually, a bit 'off'.

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                        bitsubeats Mar 5, 2007 01:01 PM

                        I think they put weird minerals in the water, look at the ingredients the next time you see it.

                        It should only say water, but there are a few other things thrown in there

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                        Oh Robin Mar 2, 2007 12:40 PM

                        I have a weird thing about Dasani. I can't drink it because the bottle is blue. ???

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                          FoxyWiles Mar 4, 2007 06:31 PM

                          Isn't Dasani, like Aquafina, just purified water? As in, filtered tap water as opposed to natural spring water.

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                            jfood Mar 4, 2007 06:35 PM

                            Both are filtered water. One places minerals into the filtered product and the other does not. You can make filtered water more pure than spring. all depends onthe chemistry and filters.

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                              FoxyWiles Mar 4, 2007 06:41 PM

                              How pure do you think bottled filtered water by the Coca Cola Corp is?

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                                jfood Mar 5, 2007 03:52 AM

                                10-50PPM

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                              Oh Robin Mar 6, 2007 11:13 AM

                              I think so. But I love Aquafina. I also love Long Beach tap water. Go figure.

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                                jfood Mar 6, 2007 11:33 AM

                                Because everyone thinks the water they drink is H2O and only H2O. Sorry to report that is not the case.

                                The only real use of pure H2O is in "clean rooms" where the company require Zero PPM purity (think computer chips). Other than that, guess what guys, all the water we drink has another symbol from the periodic table in it.

                                Take this test. Go to the store and buy distilled water (the kind your grandma used when he ironed) and take a swig. Pretty tasteless.

                                And remember as someone else pointed out if you say you will never drink the water out of the tap, your body absorbs a lot of the same stuff when you take a shower.

                                You just can not avoid it. Sorry.

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                                  Oh Robin Mar 6, 2007 01:19 PM

                                  I love tap water. I've been drinking it my whole life and I'm still alive. Great teeth too. I've heard about kids having a lot of dental problems because their parents are afraid to give them tap water. No fluoride = cavities.

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                                    jfood Mar 6, 2007 05:40 PM

                                    Me too.

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                                      FoxyWiles Mar 6, 2007 08:29 PM

                                      Where I live, the tap water is overly chlorinated. It tastes awful. Anytime they think there's a contamination they just dump more chlorine in the water supply. And you know what I think? Toothpaste=flouride. Genetics=cavities for me. And cavities aren't the worst thing in the world.

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                                        amkirkland Mar 7, 2007 04:23 AM

                                        can you explain the genetics behind cavities. I'm not questioning you, i was just never aware of that.

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                                          FoxyWiles Mar 7, 2007 11:11 AM

                                          http://www.nyu.edu/nyutoday/archives/...

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                                      dr_t Jun 25, 2007 10:27 AM

                                      fluoride is a lie. you should read this book called "The Fluoride Deception" by someone Byson or Bryson, can't remember. it's a really good book, and the idea that your teeth are better because of it is because you expect to see these kinds of results when being told that fluoridated water is good for you. many countries made fluoridation illegal. research it, and you'll be scared with what you read.

                                      you can avoid this kind of thing if you get a $700 whole-house reverse osmosis filter... but that's not in everyone's price range, mine included!

                                      voss is good though, but the water tastes like water. if you ever want to reuse a bottle for water, i suggest using the voss bottles. they're glass, so non-leaching. they are a much better option than klean kanteen bottles, which claim to be non-leaching but really leave the water tasting like metal. sigg is also like klean kanteen but aluminum, which is worse. nalgene and other polycarbonate bottles are still leaching. i suggest buying a voss bottle to carry water around with you. it's heavy and breakable but the best i've tried in my opinion. :o)

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                                      orangewasabi Mar 6, 2007 01:19 PM

                                      jfood, what does pure h2o taste like?
                                      I'm thinking it's the minerals that we either like or don't like in different waters?

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                                        jfood Mar 6, 2007 05:41 PM

                                        tasteless. Boil some water and try to capture the steam in a glass. take a sip. no taste. Yes it is the minerals that make the flavor.

                                        Thats the difference between dasani and aquafina.

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                                          dr_t Jun 25, 2007 10:29 AM

                                          distilling the water concentrates the chlorine since chlorine evaporates. you still get much of the chemicals when using distilled/boiled water.

                                          aquafine is reverse osmosis demineralized water, and dasani is filtered (maybe purified?) remineralized water. they both taste like nothing to me.

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                                            jfood Jun 25, 2007 07:33 PM

                                            both aquafina and dasani are RO processed. one adds chemicals after the RO process the other does not. And RO means pushing the water through a filter so RO and filtered are pretty similar.

                            3. jpschust Mar 5, 2007 06:56 AM

                              It's ok, you pay a lot for the bottle. I know people diss on Fiji and Panna, but I'll drink those two over the overpriced Voss any day. Something that people love to overlook with Fiji at least is that with a square bottle it fits much more easily into my fridge.

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                                FoxyWiles Mar 5, 2007 12:23 PM

                                I buy Fiji based on the shape of the bottle: It doesn't roll around my car floor and I just refill it with my Brita because I'm cheap like that.

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                                  jfood Mar 5, 2007 12:45 PM

                                  FW be VERY careful refilling bottles. The good news is you are using your own Brita at home and not the water cooler at the gym.

                                  I grimace everytime i see someone go to the water dispenser at the gym, put their bottle against the dispenser and fill it up. You just kissed everyone in the gym who did likewise.

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                                    bitsubeats Mar 5, 2007 01:00 PM

                                    AGHHHHH! gross. I refill my bottle, but I won't touch the spout of the water with my water bottle....I only do that at home.

                                    I like volvic water, because I like the bottle. Oh and for some reason I won't drink evian, because I think it makes me look snobby. I do like the little bottles of evian they give you on the airplanes though...so cute

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                                      amkirkland Mar 5, 2007 03:45 PM

                                      I don't know about that... my kisses get a little bit more involved...

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                                        monkfanatic Mar 6, 2007 02:25 AM

                                        what does it look like , I collect bottle water , anybody have a picture , never heard of it

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                                          bitsubeats Mar 6, 2007 01:43 PM

                                          here you go

                                           
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                                    dr_t Jun 25, 2007 10:30 AM

                                    i think some people choose voss because it comes from norway, one of the least polluted countries in the world, meaning they have a cleaner water supply. i'm from canada and if i have to buy bottled water i'll buy voss or canadian bottled water. evian comes from france which is a horribly polluted country. i think it's a matter of preference.

                                  3. amkirkland Mar 6, 2007 06:20 AM

                                    I've seen wine in a nearly identical bottle, are they making wine too?

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                                      bitsubeats Mar 6, 2007 01:44 PM

                                      yep, they make a white and I believe a red in the exact same bottle

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                                      justagthing Mar 6, 2007 05:51 PM

                                      ok...I will throw this one out...has anyone tried Penta water? It is so much more expensive! It is also a very interesting concept. I think it is closer to pure H2O like jfood was talking about.

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                                        welle Mar 7, 2007 12:28 PM

                                        I've had it - they were giving it away in one of health food stores. Nothing special. Pure marketing gimmick, IMO. Have you read their website write up? Total b.s. 'Organic minerals' - huh?
                                        They also describe their fancy purification system - if I remember from the physics class correctly, the distillation process that JFood describes works good enough to achieve pure H20.

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                                          jfood Mar 7, 2007 04:35 PM

                                          Just to be clear the process to get pure H2O is significantly more complex than drinking water.

                                      2. grocerytrekker Mar 7, 2007 05:05 PM

                                        It doesn't taste special. Like everything else in Norway, Voss water costs an arm and a leg there. It actually costs less here for some reason. It's so much cheaper here, in fact, that my Norwegian friends have taken it home with them just for fun.

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                                          Pollo Jun 25, 2007 09:52 PM

                                          Here is a good site with tons of info: http://www.mineralwaters.org/
                                          My experience with majority of the waters available in Noth America has been a BIG disapointment....lots of marketing/BS and no flavor. In my opinion you have to be at 1000 ppm range of disolved solids or higher to get any noticable taste (with few exceptions). There are some very good and flavorful mineral waters but these are to be found in Europe...

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                                            jfood Jun 26, 2007 05:40 AM

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                                            do you mean ppm or ppb. 1000 ppm sounds way too high and jfood thinks that does qualify as potable which jfood thought was 500 ppm

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                                              Pollo Jun 26, 2007 07:02 AM

                                              jfood....I mean ppm...parts per milion...same as mg/l....I'm not sure what definition of "potable" you are looking at but generally it would refer to micro load (or lack of it) and any "heavy" metals, pesticides, insecticides, solvents, etc. for which limits are very often in ppb....

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                                                jfood Jun 26, 2007 06:08 PM

                                                jfood thinks the solid concentration of potable water is more in the 500 ppm and solids above 1000ppm would be subject to further scrutiny depending on the chemicals that make up the solids..

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