Monday, February 19, 2007

Water Tasting Contest Hard To Swallow

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W. Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – More than 100 different types of tap water are hoping to make a big splash in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, on Saturday (Feb. 24).

That’s because the town is holding its Fifth Annual International Water Tasting Contest, where various types of H2O from as far away as Bosnia and Sweden compete to see which gets the biggest wave of support.

Naturally, the judges don’t mind the drinks being watered-down.

Former judge Maggie Peterson says the tastemakers make their choices privately and are mainly looking for water with a good mouth feel and no aftertaste.

Like with wine-tasting, the judges have to sample each entry. However, they swallow the liquid instead of spitting it out.

They also eat Saltines between each sip in order to cleanse their palates.

Peterson says municipal water is the most interesting category “because you never know what you’re going to get.”

So far, she says the water from Gibsons, British Columbia, usually ranks high but figures the aqua from last year’s winning city, Montpelier, Ohio, also has a good shot at repeating a win.

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