One bottled water delivers premium taste for less
Icelandic Glacial Water has appeared on my local grocer’s shelves for a little while now and I have been dying to take a sip. I live in a part of the United States where fresh water is plentiful and the stuff out of the tap is excellent. In fact, it’s so good that in blind taste tests our local “free” tap water scores better than most of the bottled stuff. Still, I love anything associated with Scandinavia and I will pay American “green-backs” for any legitimate Scandinavian product even water. Here now, is my comparison of Icelandic Glacial Water, Evian Natural Spring Water and Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.
Icelandic Glacial Water – the bottle states that it’s natural spring water from Iceland and a carbon neutral product. The bumpy relief-map-like feel of the bottle has me really in love with the product from the start. How often do you get to hold a plastic iceberg? When you look through the water you see an iceberg so this one gets positive points for entertainment.
The company’s website states the water comes directly from the Olfus Spring in Iceland. Rainfall and snowmelt replenish this massive spring so the water is naturally fed. The spring is so important to life on the island that the Icelandic government has placed a 128,000 acre exclusion zone around the spring for its protection. The Icelandic Water bottling plant is in Hildarendi, Iceland and powered by geothermal and hydroelectric power. Wow! The water is never exposed to outside air. Knowing this I hesitated to open the bottle as it seemed almost a violation of its purity.
The water is very smooth and pure . No aftertaste. At $1 per bottle I’m sold.
Next up was Evian Natural Spring Water. Not to be outdone, Evian comes from its same named natural spring in the French alps. The water comes from a vast mineral aquifer deep withing the mountains before emerging at Evian-Les-Bains. The bottle is familiar looking but now sports 10%less plastic. It’s sad that this product can easily get overlooked because it’s everywhere.
Evian has a more distinctive taste and for me sipping it brings back memories from years past. It still tastes like good, clean drinking water and while I’ve had bad water from all around the world I have never had a bad bottle of Evian. This is great water and worth the premium price but not far better than Glacial Icelandic so at 5X the price the purchase of Evian becomes difficult to justify. Still it’s a great product and the “Premium” moniker is aptly earned.
It’s appeal worldwide has to be its consistency because that’s what I get when I drink it.
Last up was Zico Pure Premium coconut water. Although I’ve seen Coconut Water advertised and on sale I never felt motivated to buy any. The company’s website states that their water is harvested from the most delicious coconuts from around the world. Not sure where those grow but I know they don’t grow here because of our 50 inches of snowfall each winter.
The body of the bottle reminds me of an oil barrel and the top a baby bottle sans nipple. When opening it the plastic was difficult to tear off. The first thing you notice is that there is a definite smell unlike anything I’ve known. The water is thicker and has a milky consistency. Strange tasting and like nothing I’ve ever consumed. It’s advertised as water but should be labeled a sports and nutrition drink because it’s not like regular water.
The manufacturer claims Zico has 5 electrolytes; sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. As much potassium as a banana and gluten free, lactose free, dairy free. Full of natural oomph. I think it’s supposed to be a sports drink?
70 calories! 180 mg of sodium. 15 grams of sugar all in 14 ounces which is not too bad considering a 12 oz coke has 39 grams and 140 calories. Heck, a Gatorade eight ounce bottle has 14 grams of sugar so Zico is reasonable here. For an average consumer like me it doesn’t taste like the coconut flavor I know, ice cream sprinkles etc, of course those are full of sugar. It’s a drink with possibilities but it’s not water as I know it.
Conclusion, water is water and Zico is not. If Zico is a sports drink then it’s in the wrong isle. Evian is consistent and worthy of a premium price whenever you travel while the Icelandic Glacial Water is a premium product at a low price so I love the value.
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