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Quite often I buy bottled water. My taps seem to dispense water with a sort of chlorine taste to it and when I pour it out the top of the water always looks slightly frothy and takes a few seconds to settle down! I have got round this issue with a Brita water filter system but if I'm ever out I will buy bottled water if I fancy it.
The other day I was on the way to the hospital. I was dehydrated due to my eating disorder and was really thirsty so instead of paying hospital prices for a drink I bought a large 1.5L bottle of Brecon Carreg Still Mineral Water which cost me just 99p which I thought was a good and fair price to pay.
The bottle is made of see through plastic and its a kind of oblong but rippled shape and with a dark blue screw on/off lid and then the label around the bottle is light blue and white in colour and on the front and on the back of the bottle of that we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and the size is stated (as I have listed already) and then on the sides of the bottle other information which includes being told a bit about the product and a nutritional analysis is given (this is suitable for a low sodium diet) and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Its a nice enough and informative looking bottle this one.
The Water Itself:
This is a clear water (so no colours, preservatives, flavours are added to this at all) and it is what it is....a no calorie water. Its crisp, clear and fresh and the water comes from deep underground.
You can drink this out of the bottle, pour it, add juice, ice anything and when I was dehydrated I found this to be very pleasant and to really help with the situation I was in which is why since having my first bottle of this water I have bought a couple since!
Put simply this is just clean drinking water, low in sodium and is simply a healthy option and for that reason it gets the thumbs up from me!
Available from various places and I bought my bottle in a convenience store so if you really want to try this one do Google it to find it!]
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I am a person that resents buying water, and only buy it if I am away from home with no option to get a glass of water. When I do buy bottled water, it is the Brecon Carreg water I buy, as I am Welsh and like to support a local company. As well as minimise my carbon foot print!
The still version of the Brecon Carreg water is the one with the blue lids, there is also sparkling which has a green lid. The plastic lid is easy to open, and is a screw lid, with some of the bottles having a flip-cap sports lid. The label is a simple blue and white design, which has everything you need, including the companies details, and information on the mineral content of the water.
Brecon Carreg water has a pH on 7.8 and it tastes more natural than other bottled water. I was bought up on well water and this tastes very similar. It has been filtered through limestone and is bottled at the source, which helps to maintain the mineral content. The source is in a village called Trap, near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, which is in the Brecon Beacons National Park, hence the name.
The bottles are made of transparent plastic, and are tough, yet not too thick. They can easily be reused many times before being recycled. As with all drinks, there is a Best Before date, but it is always several years away, and who keeps a bottle of water for 3 years?
A 500ml bottle costs around 50p, with 300ml, 750ml, 1.5l and 2l bottles also available. Multipacks are also available, which help save a few pennies. Available to purchase in most supermarkets, village shops etc. (at least in Wales, I haven't looked for it in England).
I recently bought a 6 pack of Brecon Carreg still water from my local Tesco.
The packcontained six bottles of Welsh water, all wrapped in a clear plastic wrapping. This wrap is quite difficult remove, you will have to push some item or your finger in to get the wrap off.
The bottles have a very attractive label with little pictures of outdoor activities, quite suitable for children to take to school,and equally suitable for adult use.
This 300ml bottle is filled with natural mineral water,sourced in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
As I'm Welsh I like to support products manufactured in my native country,and this water has a lovely clean taste, it tastes like the water I used to drink from the local brook,when I was a child in the 50s.
I would recommend this still water,the bottle has a flip lid,ideal for children and adults it is small enough to put in my handbag(I do have rather a large handbag,and it fits in one of the front pockets with no trouble),but large enough to quench ones thirst.
The plastic bottle itself is 100% recyclable.
Altogether a great product,great for quenching your thirst where ever you may travel.
I am giving Brecon Carreg water 5 Dooyoo stars.
There is only so much you can say about a bottle of still water; however I felt the need to write a review due to my recent experiences with them. I have purchased Brecon Carreg a number of times in my local shop as it is the cheapest of the bottled water at 45p for a 500ml bottle.
However, a few weeks ago I purchased a bottle whilst I was at work and as I was drinking it I initially thought that my mouth had a funny taste in it. As I took sip after sip trying to figure out what it was I could taste, I realised quite how bad the taste was and on smelling the water, realised that it was this that tasted completely bad and must be off.
The taste and smell was almost indescribable - it really was horrible and the closest thing to the smell that I can think of is an abattoir! I contacted the 0845 number on the bottle s despite the fact the bottle had only cost me 45p, I thought I should report it as there was clearly something wrong with the water.
This is where good customer service turned my negative experience into more of a positive. The lady on the phone was very polite and asked for my address so she could send out a prepaid jiffy bag for me to send in my water to be tested. Once I had done this, around a week later I received a letter back telling me that the problem with the water is that somewhere along the line it had been stored in temperatures of above 20 C which had led to the bad odour and off taste . There was nothing further wrong with it, and was probably down to the storage in the shop, but they enclosed a £5 voucher and apologised anyway. I found the customer services to be friendly and helpful, and as much as anything, it put my mid at ease to know there was nothing seriously wrong with the water that could have done me damage, so I wouldn't be afraid to buy Brecon Carreg water again now.
How wonderful it is to picture this water slowly making it's way through the limestone at Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, naturally purifying itself, soaking up all the goodness of that fresh, crisp air before making it's way in a bottle to a well stocked shelf in almost every supermarket and corner shop near you. A great selling point and it certainly worked on me. And as I'm Welsh and don't live too far away from here, I like to think I had something to do with the making of this water. Maybe a footstep or two of mine caused some little rocks to dislodge somewhere, making it that little bit easier for the water to filter through....
Back to the review!
Bottled at source in the village of Trap in Carmarthenshire, this product really does have a fresh taste and is a very enjoyable drink.
As I have stated above, this water can be found easily and is very cheap compared to some other brands on the market currently.
The product is available in many different sizes. There's the 50cl bottle with I am reviewing here, and it is also available in 75cl, 1 litre and 2 litre bottles. You can also purchase bottles with sports caps, great for people who... well, people who do sports.
Water water everywhere, so let's all have a drink...at a slight cost to the consumer of course. The inventor of 'bottled water' is little short of a genius in my eyes, but then again we all need to make a living, so here's a product from one of those geniuses - Brecon Carreg Still Mineral Water.
Coming from the deepest, darkest depths of the Welsh Valleys, Brecon Carreg is filtered through layers of limestone at 'Black Mountain' (that's somewhere in the Brecon Beacons for all those looking for a small geography lesson!). It's bottled at the source, as are all good brands of bottled water to help keep it's clean, fresh taste.
Being natural mineral water there's no additional ingredients to help shelf-life or taste, but instead contains quantities of all the important minerals floating around in the Welsh mountains, such as...
Sodium - 5.7mg (per litre)
Magnesium - 16.5mg
Calcium - 47.5mg
These are all important for a healthy diet, but the water does also contain small elements of sulpahte, silica, bicarbonate, potassium, chloride and nitrate. For the chemists out there, it has a pH level of 7.8 when bottled.
Obviously having run through the mountains for centuries, once it's bottled and opened you're supposed to have drunk it within three days before things turn stale, and keep it out of direct sunlight for the same reasons.
The size of bottles you can buy do vary - from the standard 500ml bottle which most people will pick up at convenience stores, to 6-packs of 330ml bottles, to bigger 1.5 litre ones. The variety is there to cover just a dry throat, to using it to rehydrate after playing a lot of sport for example.
The bottle tells me Brecon Carreg 'strives to minimise its environmental impact, championing positive green action' - so for more details on all things green and earth-friendly, check out www.breconwater.co.uk. Although interesting, it does say not to refill or reuse this bottle...hardly 'green' thinking there, but then again the bottled water industry must be a feisty one...
Whilst in Greggs the other day I noticed a bottled water that I hadnt tried before, Brecon Carreg. Not usually one to buy bottled water, or one to buy drinks from Greggs (who incidentally charge 70p for a can of Coke) I decided to I needed a drink.
Greggs of course is better known as a Bakers rather than anything else and is one of the reasons Iamafatlittleboy. However in recent years they have started to push healthy options such as Sandwiches and this mineral water, sadly 5 years too later and also sadly its not wallet healthy.
So from the Brecon Beacons Nation Park comes this, the Brecon Carreg, or should it be Brecon CarGregg? A naturally purified water from rain,Ill be honest, I thought rain water had alsorts of chemicals in and as a result wasnt healthy. Oh well lets not get into nitpicking.
The water is clear so its 1 up on Britvics Drench which seemed to be tainted. So already its doing better than one of the biggest brands in the water industry in Britain.
The smell is none existant, this perhaps seems a silly observation but water should be odourless any smells in a bottle of none flavoured water show the drink is tainted and it shouldnt be.
So all it comes down to now is the taste. Thankfully again it is what one expects from bottled water, a tasteless liquid that rehydrates and is easy to drink. Yes it may seem silly to applaud something for being tasteless but thats what water should be. Overall Id rather have Volvic though as it was considerably cheaper.
Typical Analysis (mg/litre)
Ph at source 7.8
Overall a nice enough water but tap water is better. Greggs healthy range does little to help an unhealthy economy as they again try to rip us off. What happened to a time when Greggs offered value for money?
Who will like this product:
Those looking for the refreshing taste of pure Welsh mountain water bottled in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
How much does it cost:
This very much depends on your place of purchase. It will cost approximatley £0.50p for a 50cl bottle from your local newsagents/ corner shop.
The bottle is clear and made of plastic. It is of a rectangular shape and has a blue screw top. The label around the bottle is made of paper and is predominatly blue. The Brecon Carregg logo is in the style of celtic writing and also explains that it is Welsh Natural Still Mineral Water. The way in which this water is collected is also explained: rain falls on limestone strata high on the Black Mountains in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of outstanding beauty. It then filters slowly beneath a protective mantle of millstone grit to the brecon Carregg borehole, free from pollution, it delivers naturally purified water with a uniquely refreshing taste. The bottle label also shows a diagram of this process.
This product contains:
PH at source 7.8
Dry residue at 180 degrees: 198.0
Bottled at a place of outstanding natural beauty, i should know living just outside the area. I'm proud to call this product one from home. It provides the refreshing, unique Welsh taste.
If you love welsh water or want to try a different mineral water product give this a try. I always take a stash on holiday with my so i can always geta taste of home.
*~Brecon Carreg Mineral Water~*
*~Background of Brecon Carreg~*
Brecon Carreg is a brand of mineral water. It has been owned by the Spadel Group since 1983 but was previously owned by Brecon Beacons Natural Waters who started in 1978 as a cottage industry on Lwyndewi farm. Since its new owners have taken over Brecon Carreg has expanded and is now available throughout the UK.
The source of Brecon Carreg is high up on the black mountain in the Brecon Beacons where rain falls onto limestone then filters slowly beneath a mantle of millstone to the Brecon Carreg borehole. The water is pollution free and naturally purified so you know theres none of them yucky E numbers, artificial preservatives etc
Brecon Carreg is relatively cheap, it is one of the cheapest mineral waters around (at least in my area) Below is a list of prices along with where you can find it:-
Tesco (www.Tesco.com) Asda (www.asda.co.uk)
500ml - £0.28
2 Litre - £0.56
6 x 500ml pack - £1.00
6 x 1.5ltr pack - £2.78
The 500ml transparent bottle has a square bottom, about half way up, just past the label there is a curved indent which is handy to hold the bottle and then the top of the bottle gradually closes into a dome shape with a blue screw top (a sports cap bottle top is also available and I think theyre priced the same.) The 2ltr bottle is pretty much the same but it has a rounded bottom instead of a square on. The label is dark blue with a logo-like picture reading Welsh natural still in small letters curving around Brecon Carreg in large letters and then at the bottom Mineral water is also in small letters and curved.
On the side of the label there is a small diagram and an explanation of the waters process from the mountains to the borehole (I wrote in my own words in background what is says.) I like how they give you this information because its good to know where something comes from and its process. There are so many products nowadays that have been shipped around and no-one really knows where they really come from.
Brecon Carreg is very refreshing and tastes almost as if youre drinking it from the river itself! (its that fresh!) It quenches your thirst very well and in my opinion is the best mineral water out there (and Ive tried plenty!) Its best drank cold but even when its a bit warm it still tastes fantastic. If you havent tried it and youre a bit of a mineral water freak like me then what are you waiting for? Water is quite difficult to describe, it definitely has a taste (some people seem to think not) but I cant really explain to you how refreshing it is until youve actually tried some - at 28p a bottle why not?
The following information is mg/litre:
Dry residue at 180°c 198.0
PH at source 7.8
This water is suitable for a low sodium diet