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Anyone drink Poland Spring and notice a change?

mushroomaffairs Oct 16, 2013 09:55 PM

It used to have a slightly sweet taste and has been my go-to bottled water for years but now has an almost metallic, nickel taste.

Any PS drinkers out there who are now p. o'ed?

I can't be the only one who notices this?

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    zippypinhead Oct 18, 2013 07:39 PM

    Have any of you noticing a different taste contacted the manufacturer? If they have a product out in the field that's not up to the customer's expectations, they should be very interested to hear about it.
    Could be anything from a change in source to a problem with cleaning. Anyone remember when Perrier had some residual cleaning chemicals go out in the product? Damn near put 'em out of business.

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    1. re: zippypinhead
      coll Oct 19, 2013 06:48 AM

      I asked a rep at least five years ago about sourcing from different springs, I had heard a rumor. He denied it. They did finally list it on the bottles years after that, confirming what I heard. But don't get your hopes up on getting a straight answer.

    2. bagelman01 Oct 18, 2013 06:35 PM

      We noticed a drop in flavor about 6 months ago and no longer buy or drink Poland Spring water.

      We were buying the Stop and Shop house brand, but oldest daughter brought haome a case of NICE-Walgreen's house label and the consensus in the house is this is the best tasting of the popular priced bottled waters in the area.

      Recently ion sale at $1.99 case of 24 1/2 liter bottles, we bought 20 cases. Two kids take 2 bottles each to school each day, plus use more for afterschool sports and dance. These cost under 10 cents, our public schools charge $1.25 for a bottkle of water in the cafeteria.

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      1. re: bagelman01
        mushroomaffairs Nov 6, 2013 03:05 PM

        Thanks bagel! :). Nice to know that It's not just me.

        The reason I noticed is because after Hurricane Sandy, I lost power for a week and a half, almost 10 days and my little house has a well system that got screwed up from the storm from all the sediment at the bottom of the well being stirred up once the power came back, which caused the pump to drop, the well's filtration system to clog, in essence a massive domino effect that made my house water, which used to taste great, taste like rocks and pipes, exactly what I noticed Poland Spring tastes like now.

        And you're right, I noticed the difference earlier this year, probably 6-7 months ago.

      2. coll Oct 17, 2013 06:06 PM

        They are bottling with water from many different springs now, not just the original Poland Springs, so maybe you got some from a different source.

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        1. re: coll
          Motosport Oct 18, 2013 08:04 AM

          Maybe they are using the spring water from Newark NJ?

          1. re: Motosport
            coll Oct 18, 2013 05:52 PM

            No, it's all from Maine, but quite a few different springs now, not just Poland Springs. They are listed on the bottles.

            1. re: coll
              C. Hamster Oct 18, 2013 07:23 PM

              I think it been from a number of different sources for years now.

              Drank a ton of it today . Tastes fine .

        2. Motosport Oct 17, 2013 08:10 AM

          Seems the same to me.

          1. C. Hamster Oct 17, 2013 06:49 AM

            Drink a gallon of it every day at work and noticed nothing, sorry.

            1. greygarious Oct 16, 2013 10:53 PM

              I don't drink it but if you are on a medication or supplement that is new to you, that may be why you are perceiving a difference in water that has not in fact changed. Just something to consider.

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              1. re: greygarious
                mushroomaffairs Oct 17, 2013 05:38 PM

                I don't take any medications or vitamins so that wouldn't be the cause, but there's def. been a change within the past year ( or since late last year) with PS.

                I bought a case each of grocery store chain A&P and Stop & Shop bottled water, with Stop & Shop tasting surprisingly better, with the slightly sweet taste I think water should have (which I'll probably start to buy since it's cheaper anyhow).

                Every case of PS I've gone through lately has a flat, almost weird taste. They've changed the style of bottles a couple of times over the years, but most companies have, and it's not a plastic taste that I often detect but just a raw metal or rock sediment taste.

                Yeah, I know, I answered my own question to just not buy it anymore, which I won't. :)

                Also, it might seem weird, but to me the sweetness in water is inherent, if that makes sense. It's like the sweetness and nuttiness in certain cheeses or conversely, nuts that have an inherent sweetness. Hmm....

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