I am a massive fan of drinking spring water. Its detoxing, refreshing, contains no calories and/or fat and its the one liquid that drains through your body with your body not having to do anything to process it!
I own a Brita filter jug and since owning that I haven't been buying bottled water very often at all but the other day I had a hospital appointment and needed to drink lots of liquid for a scan, forgot to take anything and ended up buying this in the hospital shop.
This water comes in varying sized bottles of course. Mine was a sports style, see-through plastic oblong shaped bottle with the lid attached to the top and it has a drinking 'spout'. The labelling around the bottle is white, purple and blue in colouring and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is Highland Spring Still Spring Water 'Drawn from organic land' then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the analysis and composition of the water is given, the size is stated (in this case its a 750ml bottle) and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given.
See through and well.....its water! No bubbles or fizz and, no added flavours of any kind its just natural, crisp and clean drinking water.
This Scottish water is one of my favourites. It really does simply have a clean and refreshing taste and of course no bits or scum which is why I use a filter water jug or buy bottles and the likes because where I live the water can be frothy and quite grimy looking and I'm not putting that into my body.
This is a fab quality water and I recommend it highly! My bottle cost me a pound which I didn't think was bad at all for the size of it and this brand for quality and value gets the thumbs up from me!
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On the weekend I went with my mum to Costco as she recently got a hefty PPI Cheque claim (woohoo!) and she wanted to stock up on household goods. Knowing how generous she is at the moment I knew that whatever I was picking up she was paying for so of course I had to come along. There was an offer on 330ml bottles of Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water which had 24 bottles in a crate for £4.99 and the crate was buy one get one free, so about 12.5p per bottle! Bargain!
It is refreshing and thirst quenching, but seems to make me pee much more often! I like Highland Spring as the bottle has a little spout cap for easy sucking and I can drink the water really easily. The water tastes a lot less processed and you can definitely taste the lower sodium content than other brands of water I have had. It is very refreshing, affordable and healthy and now I have 48 bottles I have been drinking this every day!
In general retail, this water is relatively inexpensive (although more pricey than a supermarket own brand) and I usually pick up 2 50cl bottles for 99p in my local 99p store. I can definitely say I notice a huge difference in my skin and feel a lot healthier from drinking water and the purity of Highland Spring is definitely beneficial!
They say that water is water and in most cases I would agree although these days I seem to be able to smell the chlorines more in the tap water. That aside I still drink the tap water on a routine basis at home but tend not to drink water from a tap when Im out and about.
Highland is probably the same as other water that Ive drunk and everyone picks their own brand - for me its Highland spring water (still) not ofr the taste but the 1.5 litre bottle is a square shape which stops it rolling around in the fridge and the cap top can be replaced by the drinking type top from the smaller 500ml bottle. This makes it easy to drink in the car especially on long journeys.
You can replace the smaller bottle pourer with the cap from the big bottle which keeps everything tidy and safe in the knowledge that it wont leak. I tend to carry one of these pourers in the car just in case I need to get a bottle.
The glass bottlew looks better on the table at dinner - a bottle for all occassions.
All in all the bottles themselves have the advantage over the other brands for me.
I am a bit of a stickler for keeping hydrated and although I normally hydrate myself using water from a tap I occasionally will invest in a couple of bottles of spring water being that the bottles can come be re-used later on. It was upon buying a snack for lunch earlier in Tesco that I came across a shelf of Highland Spring water and so popped a bottle in my basket to drink later in the day.
This water comes packaged in a number of varying bottle sizes and multipacks however for this review I will be focussing on the 500ml bottle which can usually be found in the lunch aisle of my local supermarket. This water is simply presented in a clear plastic bottle with a purple screw top lid and purple label which indicates that it is indeed still water and not sparkling inside. A twig of thistle illustration at the top of the label is a sure indicator that this water is drawn in Scotland and this is confirmed on the back of bottle which states that this water is indeed a 'product of Scotland'.
This water is drawn from organic soil and the bottle analysis of the water confirms that it contains amongst other things calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Upon screwing off the lid of the bottle I found that the water was not only odourless but also tasted of nothing. Unsurprising you might say for water, however I do find that tap and some variations of bottled water can taste slightly chemically and therefore this water is a refreshing alternative.
For my first Highland Spring purchase, I was pleasantly content with this water being that it does not smell or taste at all chemically and I therefore feel like I am doing my body a good turn. In addition this water is refreshing and in my opinion tastes fine either ice cold or at room temperature although preferably better cold. In addition the bottle is 100% recyclable meaning that I feel like I am in someway doing a good deed when I finally ditch the bottle.
At 82p for a 500ml bottle this water is not the cheapest option available, however it is by no means the most expensive. I would therefore be willing to buy this water again and as a result would recommend this product. As with all bottled water this brand can be bought in all good supermarkets.
Based on my comments, I will be scoring this bottled water a good four stars out of five.
Thanks for reading! x
I don't normally buy bottled water as I feel its a bit of a waste of money, but recently I was about to do a 3hr drive and I couldn't find an empty bottle to take some water with me (was a warm day thought I might get thirsty) so I popped into a garage to get some water and came away with a bottle of highland spring.
The bottle I got was 750ml and it had a sports cap, very handy if your trying to drink it in a car, less likely to spill it all over yourself. The bottle is made of clear plastic and has a purpley label which says "Highland spring: Still spring water" on it and the sports cap bit has a purple lid and a white screw top bit. The bottle states that it is 100% recyclable which is good to know. The water cost me 95p, slightly steep for just water but it was in a garage and prices tend to be a bit more than your average supermarket. A quick look at tescos and you can get the same bottle of water for 50p, although it is on offer at the moment (normal price 82p).
The taste is, well it tastes like water, however I do tend to find that bottled water tastes slightly better than tap water, more smooth perhaps. I find water to be the best thirst quencher as well, trying to drink some fizzy juice at 100mph when you are really thirsty tends to end up with a lot of coughing and spluttering and less quenching of your thirst. Even drinking still juice, if you are just gulping it down because you are seriously thirsty it seems likea bit of a waste, better to drink water in that case in my opinion. Water is also the most healthy drink you can have, has 0 calories with no salt sugar or anything added to it, just 100% natural, cant do better than that.
Although it is expensive for what it is (at its cheapest it is 50p but tap water is free people!) if you want to take some water away some where with you and you don't already have a bottle to put water in then your going to have to buy something and you can refill it with tap water for next time so you don't have to spend any more money.
Would I buy it again? Probably, although I'd rather have some free tap water, but 50p for a bottle of water is not bad.
@ About @
I have been buying highland spring for a long time and simply because I need bottled water to take on bike rides, or out and about in town. Highland spring is reasonably priced at around 82p per bottle of 750 ml at Tesco. And for that price the bottle comes with a sports cap, which is very handy when you're on a bike, so not to spill any water. Bottles without the sports cap are considerably cheaper.
The minerals/chemicals found in Highland spring are: Bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, magnesium, nitrate (NO3), potassium, sodium, sulphate.
The water is not too salty, and somewhat hard. Where I live we get quite soft water, so soap lavens up quite a lot when you wash our hands, but this is not as good being a little harder than usual. I have been in the situation of needing a public toilet, and the taps don't work, so it's best to use bottled water. Unfortunately not as effective with this one! But to drink, it's perfect. Not too salty, not a strong taste of anything, and dry residue at 180*C.
The bottle is made from tick plastic and indents slightly when it is filled with water, but not to bursting point or where you can't squash the bottle in. Ramming it into your gym bag up against heavy objects is not a problem since it has some give and a bit of air at the top of the bottle.
The label is clear to read with all mineral and vitamin values on the back. It also explains where the water comes from. The bottle is 100% recyclable so you won't need to part the cap or label from the bottle.
@ Overall @
This is a good value for money drink and i would recommend it for taking out and about, but so long as you're not using it to wash your hands, it score five out of five. At 82p for 750ml it's not the cheapest out there (Kirkland spring 500ml is about 20p per bottle) but it has a lot of minerals and vitamins in, so it's very healthy.
@ Information @
Highland spring LTD
We are all aware nowadays of the importance of drinking water to maintain a healthy body. (I have to admit to still not drinking enough of the stuff, despite all good intentions.)
Anyway, last year, schools decided to jump on the Water is Wonderful bandwagon and recommended that all children bring a bottle of water into class with them. A hydrated brain is much more receptive to learning. The children were delighted with the novelty of being allowed to drink a bottle of something, anything, in the class, and threw themselves into complying with the recommendation.
This is where the problem lies. We live in Central Scotland, where tap water is clean and clear and tastes beautiful. No problem, one would think, with pouring tap water into a drinking flask, chilling it, then sending it off to school with my daughter to feed her brain. WRONG! Children are dedicated followers of fashion, as we know and fashion dictates that the water must be the bottled stuff and must have a sports cap.
Having had work done on her front tooth after a tennis accident, Ruth promptly broke her tooth on the first sports cap bottle she brought into class. To her dismay, these have been banned from her because she can't be trusted to open the cap with her hands. It's just not cool. Now I buy highlands spring water in 500ml bottles, with a screw cap. This pleases me because at 35p it is much cheaper than the dreaded sports cap options. Ruth is semi-pleased because she still has recognisably bottled water.
The bottle itself is of clear plastic with a white cap. It has a softly rounded appearance but still easy to grip. The labelling is straightforward, blue the predominant colour, with the brand name against a stylised Scottish hillside. The word "Still" is repeated in a banner above a muted tartan pattern. The legend "product of Scotland" is on a small white flash on the right of the label.
We are told that this water hails from the Campsie fells (about 20 minutes drive from me and probably where my tap water comes from - grrr!) We are assured of the mineral content due to the filtering of volcanic rock and there are suggestions on serving alone or with fruit juice. I'd never have thought of that by myself.
The water itself is reassuringly clear. It even has a best before date, which I find a bit odd, but never mind. There is no smell that I can detect, even through my generous nez.
Now to the taste. Well, it tastes exactly like my tap water - fresh and clean. There are no after-tastes and no chalky resonances. It is delicious and refreshing. I continue to buy this water for Ruth, even though it is identical in all discernable aspects to my tap water, to keep her happy. I just wonder how much the schools are getting from the bottled water companies for the increase in business they are enjoying.
By the way, I did try refilling the bottles from the tap, but Ruth checks the seal!
I drink a huge amount of mineral water - although i know tap water is perfectly fine to drink I live on the South coast near London and the tap water here is horrible. So i end up drinking a lot of bottled water mainly as it tastes nicer and i know drinking 1.5 litres (and upwards) a day is really good for you.
Normally i buy own brand mineral water from Tesco or Sainsbury's (mainly because it's much cheaper, around £1.49 for 6 500ml bottles) but i will often buy a single bottle or two when i'm out and about.
Highland Spring is my usual bottled water of choice if it's available, it's notably cheaper than a lot of competitors, for example:
Evian (500ml) = 60 - 75p
Highland Spring (500ml) = 47 - 49p
The design of the bottle is pretty standard; it's plastic and has no notable design features (such as the designed bottle for Isklar). It simply features the Highland Spring logo with a small amount of information on the water, which you may or may not be interested in:
STILL SPRING WATER - Our natural water is drawn from the Ochil Hills, Perthshire, from land certified organic by the Soil Association.
All of the packaging for the water - the lid, bottle and label are 100% recycable, which is important for me as I drink a lot, and the Highland Spring company are also a Good Shopping Guide Ethical Company, meaning they make a sustained effort to lower their Carbon Footprint.
The water tastes great, no real difference from any of the other major mineral water companies but markedly nicer than the tap water in my area. It tastes FAR nice when it's cold, so i'd go for a bottle that's been refridgerated and then it's cold, crisp and refreshing.
Overall it's great, not the cheapest bottled water in the world but it tastes good and is a good choice if you're out and about. If you're buying bottled water for the home, go for one of the supermarket own brands.
I was in Tesco buying lunch, and being used to Evian bottled water at around 75pence, i decided to give Highland Spring still water a try.
Personally, if there is a tap available i will always opt for tap water, as i am pretty tight with things like this. As i was nowhere near a tap, i chose the cheapest bottled water available. Costing only 47pence for 500ml, Highland Spring is noticably cheaper than Evian.
The bottle looks about as bottled water can look, a small white label with a purple and white Highland spring logo on it. It has a screw cap on the top which is easy enough to open, I suppose this type bottle would not be any good for people going on a jog or cycling, you would need a bottle like Evians which are slightly non spill and do not require unscrewing. I had no intention of jogging or a bike ride, infact i had driven to Tesco, so a screw cap did me fine!
The taste of the water is as good as any other bottled water I have tried. No funny tastes, just plain old water. The bottle claims that this water is from the Ochil Hills in Perthire, Scotland, the land the water comes from is certified organic by the soil association. I guess my tap water must come from these hills too, I couldn't taste anything different! If you want more information on the source of this water, go to www.highland-spring.com for more information.
The bottle states that it should be stored in an odour free environment, and away from direct sunlight, it should also be used within seven days once opened. The best before date is suprisingly long, actually over a year before it needs drinking!
Overall, if you are buying lunch and don't fancy fizzy or fruity drinks, a bottle of this stuff should do the job!
We drink a fair few bottles of water in our family all year round so it can be pretty expensive - I've tried the cheapest to the most expensive & can say that Highland Spring comes near the top of my list of favourites.
I must admit I don't buy as much as I like these days due to the credit crunch/recession so it's a bit of a treat.
The smart plastic bottle has a sturdy flip-top lid & is quite deep - it makes a satisfying 'click' sound when you close it so there's little danger of it spilling & it costs around £2.20 for 12 x 330ml.
The taste isn't too exciting but it doesn't have the copper-flavour that some waters seem to have, it's fresh and has a very refreshing flavour which doesn't leave an aftertaste in the mouth.
As will have gathered from the name this water is a Product of Scotland & it proudly states on the label that it's 100% natural spring water which is 'naturally filtered through land certified as organic by the soil association & drawn from a protected source'. The label is bright & cheery though not the same as the one in the picture - mine have a purple label with a thistle & tartan on the front.
It's suitable for a low sodium diet, contains 0 calories & contains calcium & magnesium which are good for teeth & bones.
The curved design of the bottle makes is easy to hold and the size means it will fit into a jacket pocket/ bag without being too heavy or bulky. I personally think it's best served straight from the fridge & if you need flavour to your drinks add a little freshly-squeezed orange or lemon juice?
- more expensive than some bottled waters.
- collected from protected environment.
- well-designed & sturdy bottle.
- tastes fresh & clear.
- doesn't leave an aftertaste.
- worth a try especially if you see it on offer.
My review is for the 330ml Kids bottles of Highland Spring Still Spring Water. We purchase these as all three of us enjoy drinking water, in fact I have that rare creature a three year old who will drink nothing else! These kids bottles come in packs of six or twelve and I purchased mine in a twelve pack from Morrisons for £2.29.
Ok the water itself is, well, water! It doesn't have a flavour as such although it doesn't taste coppery which I have found some mineral waters can do. It also seems quite soft to me, we live in an area with very hard tap water so drinking this it is noticeable that it is softer - sorry that is hard to explain but anyone who has hard water will know what I mean!
The bottles have a spout top with a flip top that covers the spout when you aren't drinking it. They don't leak even thought they don't have the conventional sports cap. The label is blue with the Highland Spring logo on the front. Theres little cartoon characters of drops of water on the front too which remind you that these bottle are aimed at kids.
The blurb on the back states that the water is naturally filtered through land certified as organic by the soil association and drawn from a protected source. Highland Spring is 100% Scottish Natural Spring Water.
I love these kids packs as they are handy to pop into my daughters bag when we are going out. She loves them because they aren't too childish and she feels the same as me and Daddy! I would recommend these to anyone.
I have become obsessed with drinking water. Since i've started trying to eat 'healthier' and lose some weight my water consumption has gone up massively. I drink about three litres a day. Most of that is good old tap water, but i regularly buy bottled water when i am out to satisfy my insatiable thirst! Highland Spring is one of the most recent companies that i have tried.
About Highland Spring:
They say the water is naturally filtered through land that is certified as organic by the soil association and is drawn from a protected source. It is apparantly 100% natural scottish spring water.
What you get:
I bought a 1.5 litre bottle from my local Co-op for 89p prior to a long car journey. It wasn't as cheap as their own brand water, but is certainly less expensive than the big boys such as Evian and Volvic. It is widely available in supermarkets up and down the country. It comes in a plastic bottle with a scew lid.
It is recommended on the bottle that it should be stored in an odour free environment and away from direct sunlight. Once opened store in a fridge and use within 7 days. I have no issues with storage as i ALWAYS drink the contents on the day i buy.
What i think:
This may sound strange but i like my water to taste of nothing. A lot of so called bottled waters either taste too sweet, too bitter, metallic, even a little milky and sometimes i have experienced a chemical after taste. I found this water had none of that. It really is a natural tasting water. The water is refreshing with no hidden flavour, is totally clear and there were no 'mineral bits' floating around. As far as the organic thing goes i don't mind too much when it comes to water, however this is a nice bonus that for once you aren't paying through the nose for. A lot of waters that are much more expensive are not filtered through organic land.
I really do like this water. I was notivated to buy because of the lower price compared to other well known brands. Now i've tried it i would definately buy it again.
More info on highland spring can be found on its website www.highland-spring.com
I am still not convinced that I should part with my pennies to buy water when I can turn on the tap and get as much of the stuff as I like with my wallets contents firmly intact.
I tried this Highland Spring Natural Mineral Water purely and simply because my daughter had some and offered me a glass of iced water at hers as she knows it is my preferred drink.
This water was very nice and I could not begin to say a bad word about it but then I would still been just as happy with a glass of cold tap water with ice so I cannot really begin to recommend it either.
I try to understand all the reasons people give for drinking bottled water rather than tap but I am still sure it comes down to a trend thing.
The bottle my daughter gave me came from a multi-pack of six costing £1.89 which just seems like madness to me, although my daughter insists on buying it because Highland spring claim that it is pure and unlike tap water has no additives at all and they make claims that it can be good for the skin as well as the body and all this kind of stuff.
For me it is all marketing nonsense and the additives in tap water have been carefully added to it for good reasons and not for the sake of it.
Taste wise I honestly find no difference when it is freezing cold and as I would never drink water any other way it is a waste of money for me to buy this or any other bottled water for that matter.
At the weekend the firebrigade was doing charity car washes. What you might ask has that got to do with Highland Spring water, well they burst a water pipe and left the houses here with no water for 5 hours.
We had no notice to draw off water for things which wasnt too bad but we have a dog who of course at that moment had decided that he had drank all his water in his dish and the only thing on this earth he wanted was a drink of water.
Although the water was everywhere it was a dirty brown colour. If it was just coming out the pipes pure perhaps my dog could have had a bit of that but not brown.
I never buy bottled water but ... well he is 17 in June ... off we went to the local shop where there must have been a lot of dogs doing the same as they were limiting the stock they had to 2 bottles per person.
We bought Highland Spring - that was all they had - for 89p for 1.5litre.
The first thing I was surprised to notice was that it had a sell by date on it. This is Jan. 2010.
I thought I might as well taste it to see if I could tell any difference. We have very hard water here and it is drinkable and never had a problem with it.
On tasting I thought that it did not taste any different from our tap water.
The day after the water was on again and back to normal I thought that I woiuld have a glass of both tap and bottle water to see if I still felt the same about it.
Definately no difference at all.
My dog? Oddly he went to the tap water but perhaps that was just because it was to his front right and he is right "handed". I dont know.
Highland Spring is naturally filtered through land certified as organic by the soil association and drawn from a protected source and is 100% scottish natural spring water.
I will keep it in my cupboard but that is only incase the water is cut off again.
On a day out it would be better to buy than perhaps a fizzy drink but I will stick to tap water.
Now, I know what you're thinking....
'Why would you review water, it all tastes the same!'
Well, not too me! I drink nothing but bottled water and the occasional cup of tea (made from bottled water!)
People laugh at me, but I really can taste a difference between different bottled waters.
The bottle of Highland Spring I'm reviewing is the 500ml bottle. It comes with an easy access sports cap, which I really like for when I'm at work or exercising and need a quick swig. Also, the bottle is shaped so it nips in in the middle, making it easier to hold.
What the back of the bottle says;
'Naturally filtered through land certified as organic by the Soil Association and drawn from a protected source, Highland Spring is 100% Scottish Natural Spring water.'
What it tastes like
Water should always be served chilled in my opinion. That's when it tastes it's best. This particular water tasted crisp and refreshing and most importantly, it doesn't have that tap water aftertaste. It leaves your mouth wanting more!
One of my favourite brands and highly recommended!
I got 6 bottles in a multipack from my local poundshop, so they can be picked up for a bargain price too!