David R. wrote:
wyardley wrote:I would recommend Volvic the most of French spring waters. Some of the others might actually have a little too much mineral content.
In France we have springs that produces the water with the fewer mineral particles in Europe. Brand name are : Mont Roucous ou Montcalm. Some spring from Auvergne also do the job. I will post details if you want to but right now I have to go to work.
Someone also told me to try Volvic, especially with green teas. So many things to try...
Thanks for the advice !
Have you experimented with any of the waters you mentioned, so far?
Since we started to talk about water, some of you might be interested in what I've discovered. In Bangkok, the tap water here is undrinkable, full of chlorine and is hard. Taste is awful. I've been using a Brita filter for a very long time. Having heard that Volvic is a choice of several tea drinkers, I bought a 1.5l bottle. It is expensive here, (more than $2 for 1.5l. How much in France, USA?) I put it into my SS Kettle which has a stick of bamboo charcoal in it and brewed Long Feng Xia from Taiwan with it. From the very first whiff of the gaiwan cover, I knew something different had happened. The tea became even more fabulous. More aroma, more flavor with a lingering aftertaste I never experienced before. I then brewed a Nilgiri black tea, 2011 first flush. Jaw dropping difference with the Volvic. The deep flavor that exploded into my mouth stopped me in my tracks. I began to wonder why this was. I scoured the Japanese supermarket for mineral water and bought some Shimanto water. Good, but, not as good as the Volvic. About the same price. Then I found some Thai mineral waters and began looking at their specs. All were 7 to 7.2 ph with differing mineral contents. Why were all these waters so different than my Brita water. Then I had the bright idea to test the actual ph of all these waters and my tap water, before and after Brita. My discovery was a bit perplexing. My tap water was 7ph but after filtering it through the Brita, it fell to 5.8ph. The bamboo charcoal in my Mizusashi did nothing to effect the ph but after I boiled it, the ph returned to 7ph! But, the filtered water still didn't compare to any of the mineral waters that I bought. I will no longer touch that tap water or the Brita filtered water. Luckily, I found 2 good Thai mineral waters that average to about .35cents/litre. My next experiment will be a face off between Volvic and the Thai waters although I will not use Volvic because of the cost.
One other thing I've noticed very strongly is that both Sencha and Gyokuro have become much better with the mineral waters, so much so, that I now feel I may have missed a lot of nuance in many of the teas I have drunk. A pity.
I'd really like to hear from others about their experience with mineral waters vs filtered tap water vs other mineral waters. Also, why does the ph go up after boiling?