A Rare Find. A Welcome Gift of Nature.
It was discovered just over 8 years ago, but God only knows how old Iskilde is. Some geologists believe it dates back to the Ice Age. One thing we do know, it is sensational!
Iskilde means “cold spring” in Danish and, yes, the water is truly cold as it comes out of the ground. But what stuns your palate on your very first taste is its wonderful silky texture and its subtle sweet taste - similar to a glacial water - only with much more body.
These rare qualities are due to the fact that Iskilde is filtered through billions of mineral particles before it is harvested. As it sieves through these layers of mineral matter it is exposed to a huge surface compared to waters that simply penetrate rock through a crevasse. In the process, Iskilde is exposed to many different types of rock, instead of just one variety. During this process the water absorbs a wide range of minerals, many of them rare in nature. It is these many different tastes, balancing each other out, that gives Iskilde its rare sweetness. This is also the reason why the water has more body than glacial waters, which it resembles at first impression.
Another distinguishing characteristic of Iskilde is its extreme purity, with not a trace of human activity to be found. This was no easy feat to achieve according to Jan Bender, the man behind the miracle of Iskilde. “My goal was to transport the experience of drinking Iskilde right at the source, to wherever one decides to open a bottle,” explained Mr. Bender. “We had to simulate the influence air has on the Iskilde's soft and silky texture as it comes from the ground. The only gas we could find that didn’t change the taste, while still restoring the life and silkiness of the water at the spring, was pure oxygen.” All this had to be done without introducing a single germ to a single bottle of Iskilde, according to Bender. “Even a single germ, is one too many.” says Bender. As a result of the high level of oxygen, very often when a bottle is opened, the water will even take on a milky appearance, which is millions of tiny bubbles of oxygen, which will then float to the surface. The result is a pure silky texture which mimics the experience as if taken directly from the source.
The creation of Iskilde's packaging was made the responsibility of renowned Danish designer, Jesper Mathiesen. The design goal was a bottle as elegant as it is functional. “It was very important to maintain focus on the contents, the water, rather than the packaging,” explains Bender.
Iskilde, pictured here, which has been legendary among European mineral waters ever since.
Water In The News...
It's Not Always Evident....
But some good was being done behind the scenes. Bottled water and other donations stacked up for first responders in Baltimore 4-29-15. (Women from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Dept, Bel Air, MD. shown below on the right)
Hundreds of IBWA Members Sign Letter
In a letter delivered on April 23, 2015, more than 360 bottled water industry representatives from across the country urged the National Park Service (NPS) to end the ban on the sale of bottled water in many of its national park units and “respectfully request[ed] that [the NPS] provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between our industry and the NPS in order to work together to ensure the health, wellness, and safety of visitors to the national parks.”
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China Introduces New Regulation For Labeling Bottled Water
According to the new standards, bottled water sold in China will be categorized as either "purified bottled water" or "other drinking water", reported CRI English citing the Beijing Youth Daily.
As part of the new set of guidelines, the government has banned the use of labeling such as "energy" or "functional" for bottled water. Further clarification needs to be made to differentiate between "mineral spring water" and "mineral substance water".
It seems "fine water" is falling into the "other drinking water" category. Hmmmm.....this raises some concerns.
Reason Enough To Buy Bottled Water
Water in a bathtub, and a clothes washer below, is how the tap water appears in the Pascoag section of Burrillville RI. The good news, is that city health officials say it's not harmful. In fact, they test the water once a month, and just tested the water a week before this occurred, therefore it's safe! OK, does anyone see a problem here? Shouldn't they have tested AFTER this occurred?? Hmmm Don't take our word for it, you can hear him say that yourself, click here.
Mickey Is Now Offering Water
That's right, folks...Disney has started a water menu on four of its Cruise ships. Pictured on the left, our first order of 10 different brands...staged for delivery.
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Believe It Or Not
Ice Trends ....two opportunities.
A few recent articles describe "ICE" as making a comeback. The first article pertains to anything iced to drink. Iced tea, Iced Coffee, Iced beverages. Studies have shown consumers are favoring almost any drink ...ICED.
The second trend, handcrafted ice for cocktails. This was also part of the Fine Water Summit in LA....the science of crafting ice, and using it with your favorite drink...or perhaps water!
How about a shot of Glenlivet Scotch poured over a crystal ball of Speyside Glenlivet Ice?
Why compromise your bottle of Bourbon or your fine water, with ice made from tap water? The larger sculpted ice also melts much slower, subsequently, diluting your drink much less.
This form of urban agriculture is catching on in cities around the world, as downtown farmers go online to share techniques for growing greens indoors. A simple window farm system is a column of upside down water bottles, with plants growing out of holes cut into the sides. An air pump is used to circulate liquid nutrients. "Window farming," as it is called, is catching on in New York City and beyond. Window farmers use recycled 1.5 liter water bottles, clay pellets, plastic tubing and inexpensive fish tank air pumps to create their indoor gardens. There are now 4,000 registered users at windowfarms.org.
Wondering What To Do With Your Water Bottles?
Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.
The elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.
A dogs nose is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between a tub of water and a tub of water with a teaspoon of salt in it.
In meteorology, virga is defined as water drops or ice particles falling out of a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.
When thirsty a camel can drink 25 gallons of water in less than 3 minutes.