Or as I like to call it, Float & Bloat …
The judging panel has tasted 33 different municipal and purified waters so far — multiple times each — and we’re only halfway done. Frequent trips to the bathroom notwithstanding, this is WAY harder than I expected.
I’ve judged countless food and wine events, but water is so much more nuanced, making it much harder to decide which ones are truly better than the rest. (Was it #3 or #17 I liked best … I can’t remember … They both look the same!)
But while most fall to the middle of the pack (taste fine, nothing exceptional or offensive) you really can start to detect different aromas and flavors and textures if you keep at it and concentrate. Never thought I’d say this, but there really is an art to it all.
Heading back now to judge the bottled and sparking divisions, then it’s time for judges, competitors and visitors alike to kick up their heels and celebrate at tonight’s awards party. I will NOT be drinking water there, thankyouverymuch.