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I bought a bottle of this water and to be honest I just needed a new water bottle for the gym, and I like sparkling water so thought I would try it out.
I bought a 500ml bottle from Sainsburys and it was about 59p, which when you look at multi packs of bottled water is actually quite expensive, but I only wanted one, so I thought compared to other single bottle drinks it was fairly cheap (depends which way you want to look at it I guess!)
At first glance the bottle looks quite attractive, and has a nice Italian looking label, I personally think it looks more expensive than it is, so if that's what you are going for that's a positive. I just wish the bottle top was green to match the bottle, and not white, but I think that might just be me.
The water itself is extremely pleasant, I find that some sparkling water can be too gassy, and have a funny metallic taste, but this is just right. The fizz doesn't hit you in the face and the taste is very neutral, as it should be. The mineral content is listed on the back of the bottle, but I never really look too much into that, I go on taste.
The blurb on the sainsburys website describes the water as follows:
"San Pellegrino, with its distinctive mineral content, its exquisite taste and its delightful effervescence is found on the tables of restaurants in over 100 countries. The preferred choice of chefs and sommeliers, it has been one of the world's most renowned and acclaimed mineral waters since 1899."
I wouldn't say I was blown away by this product as in the blurb, but it's water, I'm never going to get that excited by it. However I would highly recommend it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tastes good, and not too fizzy.
I once tried, as part of a health cleanse, to give up soda for a month. During this period I became obsessed with mineral water, and San Pellegrino emerged from the ranks of its competitors as the tastiest option out. I have since resumed drinking diet soda, but often find myself ordering or buying a San Pellegrino instead!
What I like about San Pellegrino can be summed up into two things: the fizz, and the taste (which is unique to San Pellegrino).
I find the fizz really satisfies any taste I might otherwise have for fizzy drinks. Following my experience with this, I would recommend it as a fizzy drink substitute for any dieters who are looking at cutting out their intake of soda.
The taste is also very unique - I have tried several varieties of mineral water, and San Pellegrino is different from many of its competitors. I have always been dubious whenever people say that water "tastes" in a certain way, but believe me - this water tastes different from other kinds of water! If you prefer your mineral water less tasty, if that makes any sense, than this might not be the brand for you. But if you like a little 'kick' with your mineral water, than definitely reach for the San Pellegrino.
With summer fast approaching it's time to begin looking for the summer drinks, the drinks for the beach, the sunny garden barbecues and in fact just something different to help you refresh over the winter. Although Magners and other cider drinks seem to be popular we can't all drink alcohol all the time, so how about the big name waters? One such water is the Italian water Pellegrino, or rather San Pellegrino to give it it's full name, probably one of the most well known international water drinks. The drink, from the Bergamo region in the north of Italy is one of many products owned by the food giants Nestle and as a result is well marketed and well respected, though Nestle aren't perfect (their chocolate in particular is rather poor), how is one of their leading water drinks?
The drink, bottled at the source seems to be green in both the UK and the US, which makes it stand out somewhat from most the other water drinks out there. In the UK the drink seems to only come in plastic bottles though glass bottles seem to still be available in the US, though the drinks are sold in a multitude of other countries such as Hong Kong, Italy (rather obviously) and many others. The label is mainly of a light blueish colour and looks professional with the product information clearly outlined on the front and the blurb on the back about how great the product apparently is, though how good is it? Is it just a case of "dull bottled water" or is it really something to drink through the entire summer?
The water, a sparkling water drink (as opposed to a still water drink) seems to have quite a distinctive and unique taste with a a sharp bite to it that really makes it stand out from other drinks on the market. Although others may not like the fact that it says "hello" to your mouth in such an obvious way personally I like it as it seems to make your mouth tingle and does what all drinks do,it helps to actually quench your thirst, a problem with some still waters. Though as a reviewer the drink does give you a problem, it's hard to actually describe the taste, it's biting and instant but almost impossible to explain due to it's uniqueness.
Although the drink has been one of the drinks that has had questions about it in the past as the drink contain a wide variety of chemicals including uranium and strontium though not to damaging levels) it's kept a wide level of popularity, especially in Italy and the US where it has been sold for bizarre prices, thankfully for the Brits reading this it can cost as little as 60p for a 500ml bottle, a price comparable to other less fashionable drinks.
So is this a drink for summer?
Yes, chill a bottle or two of this then take it to a picnic or the beach and and enjoy the glorious excitement in the mouth that the drink will give you.