The Ten Best Bottled Mineral Rich Waters

Bottled mineral water has been getting a lot of buzz ever since word of a 45-page bottled water menu hit the streets of L.A. The water sommelier whose idea it was to create such a hoity-toity concept stands by it, arguing that each bottle of artesian water offers a unique terroir, much like a fine wine. But bottled water has been around for over a hundred years, and some of the springs from which the below bottles come have been renowned since Ancient times. In light of this, let’s examine which bottled waters are the best, from times of yore to today.

Perrier: This French water has long been supported as one of the original bottled waters. It comes from the alps, has an average amount of total dissolved substances (TDS) and was Hemingway’s choice bottled water to mix with whiskey.

San Pellegrino: Another famous and long-incorporated bottled water, this one comes from beside an Italian volcano, which is what reputedly gives it some of its natural carbonation.

Fiji: Especially popular in the U.S., this American-owned water truly does come from the islands of Fiji. It is non-carbonated and has low TDS.

Voss: Norwegian water with very low TDS, this water has more alkalinity than others, which makes it ideal for drinking with salads and other slightly bitter foods.

Aquacai: This rainforest water comes from an artesian aquifer in Panama. It has naturally occurring fluoride, silica, manganese, and calcium and is non-carbonated.

Gerolsteiner: Germany’s number one exported water, this artesian water has very high levels of TDS. It also percolates near volcanic rock, which imbues it with minerals such as bicarbonate, calcium and magnesium.

Ferrarrelle: This is Italy’s number one bottled water. At the plant in Campania, this company uses solar energy to power its procedures. They test their product over 600 times a day, which is testament to their 120-year-old product.

Volvic: This French water also comes from an area near an extinct volcano range, where the town and the gray rock nearby get their name. Its spring was discovered in 1927, from which the water emerges at 8.8 degrees celsius year-round.

Hildon: This British water is supposedly the favorite at Buckingham Palace. Its smooth flavor comes from the chalk hills of Hampshire, which contribute to its natural purity.

Evian: The spring from which this bottled mineral water comes was discovered during the French Revolution by a French nobleman, so the legend goes. While equally synonymous with luxury, and disparaged for spelling naive backwards, this water is hard to deny as tasty and pure. It comes from melted snow and filters through a cave to emerge at exactly 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sustainably produced water and water that comes from a pure source constitute the best options. Typically, an artesian water’s history demonstrates that it meets this criteria. Some waters on this list, however, are not even twenty years old. New artesian aquifers are being discovered every day. It is interesting to think about where new water companies will emerge, and the future artesian waters that result.

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