The best tasting water in the world is processed and bottled by Azure Water Co., in Leesburg, and Azure’s president Ally Liu is elated her company is gaining international acclaim.
AlphaPure, the natural alkaline spring water impressed a panel of 11 judges at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
They ranked the Florida spring water in a first-place tie with Zaros Natural Water in Crete, a region in Greece.
“We know that our water tastes good, and everybody say they love our water, but we didn’t know that it would be judged internationally as the best water in the world,” says Ally, who notes the water is brought by tankers from Crystal River to the Leesburg plant to go through six processing steps.
“It’s exciting because our customers are so proud of it,” she says. “This water when you taste it, it is crystal clean.”
The “Best Bottled Water” title was very competitive, resulting in ties.
In addition to AlphaPure and Zaros tying for gold, the tie for silver was a pair of artesian waters: Artesia, Crystal Falls, Michigan and Canadian Gold Artesian Water, Marchand MB, Canada.
Svalbaroi Polar Iceberg Water from Norway placed third while another artesian water, Planet H2O Natural Artesian Water of Knoxville, Tennessee placed fourth, and the fifth-place winner was Whistler Water, Burnaby, BC, Canada.
“It was another wonderful year for the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” said von Wiesenberger in a press release. “Berkeley Springs is the Academy Awards of water.”
The judges included representatives from various regional and national media including television and online magazines. They were instructed by von Wiesenberger to look, sniff and taste each water under guidelines similar to those in a wine tasting. The waters were rated for each attribute including appearance (it should be clear – or slightly opaque for glacial waters), aroma (there should be none), taste (it should taste clean), mouth feel (it should feel light), aftertaste (it should leave you thirsty for more). Waters were tasted in four separate flights over two days.
Equipped with the state-of-art bottling facilities and water processing technologies, Ally says her company provides Natural Ionic Mineral Alkaline Water with pH9.5 plus, Electrolyte Enhanced Water, Purified Water along with the Natural Alkaline Spring Water that was voted “Best Tasting Water in the World.”
Azure also provides businesses with private label bottled needs, and to learn more, visit www.azurewater.com
Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting
Best Bottled Water 2017
1st — AlphaPure Springs Water, Ocala (where company was registered)
1st – Zaros Natural Water, Crete region in Greece
2nd — Artesia, Crystal Falls, Michigan
2nd – Canadian Gold Artesian Water, Marchand MB, Canada
3rd – Svalbaroi Polar Iceberg Water, Longyearbyen, Norway
4th – Planet H2O Natural Artesian Water, Knoxville, Tennessee
5th — Whistler Water, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Best Municipal Water 2017
1st – Village of Montpelier, Ohio
2nd – Emporia, Kansas
3rd – City of Hamilton, Ohio
4th – Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
5th – Independence, Missouri
Best Sparkling – 2017
1st – Tesanjski Kiseljak, Tesanj, Bosnia
1st — Touch Sparkling Mineral Water, Marchand, MB, Canada
2nd. – Otakiri Reserve, Otakiri, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
3rd – Aqua Nobel Carbonated Water, Morap, Sweden
4th – Oro Luxury Water, Vizianius, Macedonia
5th – Antipodes Sparkling Water, Whakatane, New Zealand
Best Purified Drinking Water – 2017
1st – GP8 Oxygen Water, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2nd – Berkeley Springs Purified Water, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
3rd –Thermodx Thirst Oxygen Water, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4th – Thermodx Thirst Alkaline Water, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5th – Rain Fresh Bottled Water, Garland, Texas
Best Packaging — 2017
1st – Svalbaroi Polar Iceberg Water, Longyearbyen, Norway
2nd – Waiheke Imperial, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
3rd – Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand