A water taster's glossary

   

We began by asking our guest experts to blind taste more than 140 samples of water in order to record their technical tasting notes. The same waters were then tasted by a broader panel of specialists from other professions (designers, perfumers, chefs).

Collectively, they were able to transform the initial technical tasting notes into more consumer friendly language.

Examples of terminologies & definitions

There are many words to describe the taste of water! Discover below a selection that will give you a taste of water...

  • Crisp
  • Gentle
  • Smooth
  • Soft *
  • Refreshing
  • Well-balanced *
  • Round *
  • Lively
  • Rejuvenating
  • Sweet *
  • Savory
  • Decisive
  • Intense
  • Rich
  • Expressive *
  • Invigorating
  • Structured *
  • Consistent
  • Appetizing
  • Subtle
  • Lively
  • Fresh *
  • Tickling
  • Prickling
  • Intense
  • Fresh *
  • Reviving
  • Energizing
  • Delicate
  • Harmonious
  • Bold *
  • Fleshy
  • Voluptuous
  • Explosive
  • Peppery
  • Prickling

* Glossary of specific terminologies

Bold : a more complex structure of water (due to mineral content or mineral combinations or water origin itself) that gives a distinctive and unique taste perception that is easily identifiable – generally a stronger taste.
Expressive : a more complex structure of water (due to mineral content or mineral combinations or water origin itself) that gives a distinctive and unique taste perception that is easily identifiable – generally a stronger taste.
Fresh : pleasant perception / feeling of cooling effect and / or slight acidity in the mouth.
Round : taste perception that is delicate. It’s easy to drink, swallow, harmonious in nature, and not flat.
Soft : taste perception that is delicate. It’s easy to drink, swallow, harmonious in nature, and not flat.
Structured : the overall feeling or texture of water. Spring or mineral waters are generally more structured compared to purified waters, hence complex and rich in nature. For e.g. body can lead to an impression of heaviness of water in the mouth.
Sweet : a hint of sweet taste and/or after-taste felt immediately after swallowing the water at the lower half of the tongue. It usually leads to softness of water texture.
Well-balanced : when different sensations and taste features (minerals, sourness/bitterness, saltiness/sweetness, bubbles, etc.) are in harmony and in the right proportion (not too little, not too much).