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Review: Icelandic Glacial Spring Water

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We’ve resisted reviewing bottled water on this blog, but finally we’re caving in.

Water from Iceland doesn’t sound entirely eco-conscious, but Icelandic says it is a carbon neutral product — in fact, it says it this the first CarbonNeutral (a private certification) bottled water in the world.

Sourced from Iceland’s Ölfus Spring System, this protected zone has no farming, animals, or buildings allowed within the 128,000-acre area. 0.1% of the annual spring flow is harvested from surface water; the remainder (reportedly double the world’s bottled water consumption) returns to the ocean. The bottling plant is hydroelectric-powered, packaging is made from 75% recycled materials, and carbon offsets are used to bring the water back up to carbon neutrality. As “green” products go, it’s hard to find any real fault with Icelandic.

On to the water. Total dissolved solids are 62 mg/l, and the pH is 8.4. The taste is very neutral, with a good mouthfeel and body. It doesn’t have that plastic taste that so many bottled waters succumb to, nor does it taste metallic like heavier mineral waters. There could be the slightest touch of citrus here, but otherwise it tastes like water should: Like nothing.

A / $7 for 6-pack of 500ml bottles / icelandicglacial.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the creator and editor in chief of Drinkhacker.com, a veteran technology journalist, and the owner of Null Media, a custom blogging company.

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8 Comments

  1. eric November 29, 2011

    youve lost credibility. reviewing water is stupid.

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  2. Sergio Estévez November 30, 2011

    In our blog we also tasted some water but found it hard to communicate to readers since the taste variations are really small.

    Greatings from Spain!

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  3. J January 15, 2013

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  4. Caitlyn October 15, 2013

    Thank you for the review. Recently found this water being sold in the U.S.A and really liked the quality so was checking around online to see if it was really from Iceland and what others think of it. :)

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  5. Flamenco October 31, 2015

    If ur going hate,,,,don’t voice ur negativity,,,,thares enough of it flowing around all ready,,,,if someone wants to review water,,,let em,,,at least thare not out shooting people…

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  6. Jc February 2, 2016

    Excellent water with superior taste. Thanks fir reviewing it. Good fortune withstanding unkind remarks and enjoy kindness.

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  7. Rick May 13, 2016

    Message…Tried this water today, found it at Sprouts in Colorado. Taste is awesome, like nothing! Very smooth. A+ in my book.

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  8. Hildur April 22, 2018

    How can it be carbon neutral when it is shipped or flown great lengths over to other countries to be sold? And what is so environmental about this bottled water when it is sourced from the same source as the water that runs through the taps at every location, hotel, private home, gas station, etc. in South Iceland. You could save the environment by not buying bottled water, reducing the single use plastic and getting free tap water using your refill bottle. Also, the claim that it´s made of 75% recycled material must be wrong because of the extreme difficulty of using recycled material to make such clear plastic bottles. Usually companies only use 5% of recycled materials.

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