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What's Your Favorite Bottled Water?

Phoo D Jul 28, 2006 05:28 PM

Of course, not all bottled waters are the same.

My favorite is Crystal Geyser from the Mt Shasta source. Tastes pure and fresh to me. In my mind, it is better than the Olancha Peak source.


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    fauchon Jul 28, 2006 05:31 PM

    flat = Volvic....bubbly = Badoit...

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      eve Jul 29, 2006 05:26 AM

      double ditto.

    2. OCAnn Jul 28, 2006 05:34 PM

      Volvic also. I don't drink carbonated water.

      btw, this was a recent thread. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        Phoo D Jul 28, 2006 11:02 PM

        Sorry, don't know how I missed it. Duh.


      2. MMRuth Jul 28, 2006 05:37 PM

        For the price, I really like the Whole Foods sparkling Italian mineral water. Also like Gerolsteiner (probably butchering the name).

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          LT from LF Jul 28, 2006 06:52 PM

          Yes, it's a great value...I especially like finding the 6-packs of plastic bottles. I also like Galvanina a lot.

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            MMRuth Jul 28, 2006 06:59 PM

            Yes - we just discovered the plastic ones on our last WF trip - they are cheaper, and the empty bottles have become great entertainment for our dog. Only down side is that you don't get the case discount that we used to get with the case of glass bottles.

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            sixelagogo Aug 2, 2006 10:50 PM

            I vote Gerolsteiner as well...nothing like salty water...my dude insists its the Magnesium that I like, not the sodium. neverthless I can't get enough of the stuff. After that, Apolonaris ...Those Deutch sure do have some swell H20.

          3. Clifford Jul 28, 2006 07:04 PM

            Elgin, Minnesota Tap

            ...treated with a Kenmore water softener.

            I pour it into my wife's empty Dasani bottle every day before I walk out the door.

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              sashimi Jul 28, 2006 07:05 PM

              plain ol poland spring and vitamin water

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                ChowFun_derek Jul 28, 2006 08:06 PM

                I like Fiji VERY much..flavorful and great mouth feel!

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                  Dommy Jul 28, 2006 08:16 PM

                  Another huge Fiji fan! YUM!! :)

              2. Candy Jul 28, 2006 08:41 PM

                I am quite addicted to La Croix. Plain, Lemon and Orange. It is very thirst quenching. I was not a fan of fizzy water but at a party this spring when I did not want alcohol and was very thirsty because of some medication I was on I was handed a can of the lemon, icy, icy cold and was hooked. The bubbles are very fine, it is more a suggestion of fizz than like what you might find in other sparkling waters. My DH loves the plain in a scotch and soda. Oh, 0 calories, 0 sweetening, 0 carbs. Just light sparkle and flavor. I don't like it over ice as much as straight but really cold.

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                  Steve Jul 28, 2006 08:49 PM

                  My wife and I went camping in France for three weeks during a hot summer. We must have tried every French bottled water. Evian was the only one that could quench our thirst.

                  1. PaulF Jul 28, 2006 09:18 PM

                    Fiji - but I love it for the square bottle. I like the taste, but like the bottle more.

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                      chioubacca Jul 28, 2006 09:21 PM

                      I love Fiji and Volvic for the same reason as well.

                    2. jfood Jul 28, 2006 10:51 PM

                      bubbly - pelegrino; flat - evian

                      1. ipsedixit Jul 28, 2006 10:54 PM

                        Evian but ONLY in a glass bottle.

                        No plastic for me ...

                        1. Velma Jul 28, 2006 10:57 PM

                          Sam's Club inexpensive bottled water for flat water and Pellegrino for water with gas.

                          1. chica Jul 29, 2006 09:49 PM

                            FIJI and VOSS

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                              mattesq Jul 29, 2006 10:02 PM

                              Volvic - still
                              Pellegrino - gas

                              I like Pellegrino becauase it is lightly carbonated.

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                                Steve Jul 30, 2006 01:14 PM

                                If you like lightly carbonated, then wait til you try Badoit. It is a French water just starting to hit the shelves here in the Washington, DC area.

                              2. YYZSolly Jul 29, 2006 11:36 PM

                                with gas: Pellegrino without gas: Voss

                                1. joltgrrl Jul 30, 2006 02:18 AM

                                  I agree, I like Crystal Geyser, the Roxanne spring one, for flat. I, too, find the Olancha spring just a little too "minerally."
                                  The sparkling water that I liked best was called Sheffield's O2 and was an oxygenated spring water bottled at what was then Chateau St Jean winery in Kenwood CA.

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                                    DC Gal Jul 30, 2006 02:30 AM

                                    I LOVE Aqua Panna that is found in some restaurants and offerred in the room at some higher end hotels.

                                    I'm also a FIGI fan. I agree - the square bottle is a big part of the charm.

                                    As far as my "gas station" or convenient store choice - I prefer Dasani.

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                                      Eileen Jul 30, 2006 02:40 AM

                                      The best bottle water was that which I filled up on a glacier walk in Alaska. Which I could market that stuff.

                                      1. bigmackdaddy Jul 30, 2006 02:42 AM

                                        Aquafina and Poland Spring sparkling.

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                                          bogie Jul 30, 2006 02:43 AM

                                          The tastiest water that I have found so far is Ty Nant from Cardiff, Wales.

                                          It is a slightly sparkling water in a cobalt blue bottle (packaged this way long before it became commonplace).

                                          It is so clean and refreshing, works really well with Scotch and Bourbon too.

                                          Fiji water has way too much flouride flavor, IMHO.

                                          1. George Jul 30, 2006 04:39 PM

                                            VOLVIC! In France it says (I think) "good for babies, for pregnant ladies..." etc.

                                            Evian when I'm hung over or whatnot, it seems like I'm having a meal...drinking milk...doing the body some good after the more "pure" taste of VOLVIC.

                                            Has anyone seen Sarah Silverman's "Jesus is Magic"? SHE like Fiji it seems...

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                                              ChowFun_derek Jul 30, 2006 04:59 PM

                                              In a taste test at Cooks Illustrated, the 2 top bottled waters were Volvic and Fiji

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                                              fara Jul 30, 2006 05:08 PM

                                              Fiji, although I like to mix it up. And Pellegrino and Perrier for sparkling.

                                              Overheard at Blockbuster's:
                                              "Fiji's 6 pack is the same as a 24 of Dasani."
                                              "Yeah, but Fiji water is da bomb!"
                                              "I don't drink water but I love Fiji!"

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                                                fryrose Jul 30, 2006 06:16 PM

                                                Non-gassed Spa or Volvic
                                                Packaging-Voss I made the mistake of not asking the price when I was offered water in a restaurant, and said yes to the Voss. I found out later that it was a 22 dollar bottle of water! It was good but nothing is that good. I keep the bottle with flowers in my office and use it for my caveat emptor story.

                                                1. Low Country Jon Jul 31, 2006 01:01 AM

                                                  Le Bleu. Despite the name, it's bottled in North Carolina. Very clean, crisp, almost sweet. The flavor reminds me a little of Fiji.

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                                                    rlinnington Jul 31, 2006 01:03 AM

                                                    maybe an old joke, but what's evian spellt backwards?

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                                                      CravingLady Jul 31, 2006 05:18 AM

                                                      Volvic, without a doubt.

                                                      1. davinagr Aug 2, 2006 04:34 AM

                                                        Aquafina or Aqua Panna.

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