Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition Results
Springs, W.Va./ 02/26/05/BWW/-- The Best Bottled Water in the World was awarded to Lesage Natural Wells, Lesage West Virginia
at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. The award was accepted on behalf of Le Sage by Senator John Unger II
of West Virginia. Silver medal was awarded to Kuohun Kirkas, Kuohu, Finland, and the bronze went to Akali, Mt. Rainier National
town of Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada walked away with the Gold for the World’s Best Tasting Municipal Water. Daytona
Beach, Florida won the Gold for Best in the US Municipal Water. The silver was awarded to Putaruru, New Zealand. The
Bronze was tied between Rice Lake Wisconsin and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Berkeley Springs' Winter Festival of The Waters, the 15th annual water tasting held at Coolfont Resort brought in international
waters from Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Switzerland, Suriname, Commonwealth
of Dominica, Canada, Korea, Nicaragua, and Sweden and 21 states in the US.
judges were instructed by Water Master, Arthur von Wiesenberger, to look, sniff and taste each water under guidelines like
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.