Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Would Sir like to See the Water List? I Can Recommend the New Zealand Volcanic at [Pounds Sterling]50 a Litre'; World-Beaters: The Water Collection at Claridge's Where "Every Guest Has an Opinion and Asks for a Particular Brand

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Would Sir like to See the Water List? I Can Recommend the New Zealand Volcanic at [Pounds Sterling]50 a Litre'; World-Beaters: The Water Collection at Claridge's Where "Every Guest Has an Opinion and Asks for a Particular Brand

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Byline: BO WILSON

ONE has a sweet taste and is the perfect accompaniment to sushi, anotheris "distinctively soft" and goes with salads.

Another variety is said to be a favourite of the Pope himself. These drinksdon't come from a wine listthey are part of a collection of the world's finest bottled mineral water withthe most expensive costing the equivalent of [pounds sterling]50 a litre.

Claridge's is launching a water list next month, with 30 brands from as farafield as the icebergs of Newfoundland, the volcanoes of New Zealand and theNilgiris Mountains in India. Experts can differentiate between their mineralcontent and pH balance.

Llanllyr, a Welsh artesian water, has a soft taste from sources under organicfields, while Wattwiller, spring water from France, has a "pleasant hint ofsweetness to the palate".

Renaud Gregoire, Claridge's food and beverage director, said: "Water isbecoming like wine. Every guest has an opinion and asks for a particularbrand." The waters have price tags almost on a par with a wine list. Onevariety, 420 Volcanic, sourced through 200m of volcanic rock, costs [pounds sterling]21 for42cl, which works out at [pounds sterling]50 a litre.

Berg, iceberg water from Canada, costs an equivalent of [pounds sterling]30 a litre, whileMahalo Deep Sea Water, from Hawaii, costs [pounds sterling]20 for 71cl, or [pounds sterling]28 a litre.

The list may be welcome to the hotel's guests but it may angerenvironmentalists worried by the air miles needed to fly the water to Britain.A spokesman for Thames Water said: "Our water is of the highest standard and itcosts less than a 10th of a penny per litre." Claridge's has an answer,however.

On the end of its list it offers a glass or jug of "London water," free ofcharge..

WHERE THEY COME FROM

420 Volcanic, [pounds sterling]50 per litre from Tai Tapu volcano, New Zealand Pleasant smoothsensation on the palate. Chemistry: 3.7mg/1 magnesium, 1.mg/1 calcium,11mg/1sodium, 7.8pH.

MaHaLo Deep Sea Water, [pounds sterling]28 per litre from Kailua- Kona, Hawaii, pictured Raredeep sea water, collected through a 3,000ft pipeline.

Chemistry: 8. …

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