Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Water Tasting A Number One Sport

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W. Va (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Water tasting is a number one sport in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

The 18th Annual International Water Tasting contest is making a splash this Thursday (Feb. 21) through Sunday (Feb. 24), where various types of water from all over the world compete to see which washes away the competition.

In order to make an accurate appraisal, judges snack on water crackers between glasses to cleanse the palate.

Judges rate the different waters on appearance, flavor, odor, aftertaste, and by how it feels swished around the mouth.

But according to event producer Jill Klein-Rone, the watered- down contest leaves judges in a perilous problem.

She says, “The judges go through 60 to 80 glasses of water. They take a lot of bathroom breaks. Some make it through the whole session without going, but it’s not good to hold it.”

And for those judging their own tap water, Klein-Rone says the perfect pitcher of water shouldn’t “have things floating in it, smell, or taste like chloride, sulfur, or plastic.”

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