At first, you may not be able to discern any taste differences between the different bottled waters you buy. However, as you compare waters from different sources, you will discover their different characters and complexities, and that certain waters go better with certain foods.

See here for descriptions of how just a handful of the waters can differ.

Also helpful is the South African National Bottled Water Association’s (SANBWA) taste wheel, and guide to our members’ waters.

Looking for a water to use as a mixer with whiskey or brandy, or perhaps one to revitalise and refresh your palate? You can make an informed choice thanks to South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA), and its guide to the ‘taste’ of its members’ products.

Created in collaboration with the Sommeliers Association of South Africa (SASA) and the South African Chefs Association (SACA), our guide clearly highlights that ‘not all waters are created equal’, although only from an organoleptic point-of-view as all SANBWA members adhere to the same strict quality standards laid out in the SANBWA Bottled Water Standard.

Click on the waterwheel to enlarge it.