Amazon Fine Food Reviews


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290851290851B005HG9ESGA36K2N527TXXJNDr. Bojan Tunguz0051346025600I likeWell, there really isn't much that you can write about a product that is as simple as water, so I'll try to keep this review brief. When it comes to bottled water, I either like their taste or I don't. The ones that I like are Desani and Nestle waters, with most of the other ones not making the cut. Essentia is definitely in the "like" category, so if you have a similar taste to mine you'll like this one as well. I've been reading about the benefits of 9.5 pH for your health, and they seem persuasive so if this is something that you might be interested in then I'd say to give this water a try. The 1.5 liter bottle is a bit too large for me, so I'd probably go for a smaller size (0.5 liter or so) in the future. I also like the sports bottle shape of the cap more, but I don't think that Essentia comes with those kinds of bottles. Overall, very satisfied.
290852290852B005HG9ESG#oc-R34PQ2ORKQ6WCDOutlawPoet "OutlawPoet"0051346025600Simply Good WaterI am not a water expert. In fact, I am one of those people who simply does not drink enough water. Although I try to keep some at my desk and by my bedside, it can take me a week to get through a small bottle of water. Instead I drink everything from milk to soda to coffee. As such, I'm not going to talk much about PH levels and the various additives in this water. Frankly, I don't really know much about that, and I'll leave that discussion to the experts.

When I got the Essentia Water, I really wasn't expecting much. I can say this:

Taste - the water tastes good. Since the water has an ingredients list containing lovely Latin terms for things I've never heard of, I was a bit afraid that there might be an aftertaste. Nope - just tastes like very good, very clean water.

Hydration - I felt refreshed and hydrated after drinking it. LOL - I can't answer to the better sleep they advertise. I have an energy-filled four-year-old who wakes me at odd intervals. I can certainly say that I felt refreshed all day and the next day as well.

In fact, when I opened the water that day, I shocked myself - I finished the whole 1.5 liter bottle!

Bottom line - I liked the water and I've ordered more. I see less sodas and more water in my future. :-)
290853290853B005HG9ESGAQ6AGWKWMTY8HPam Tee "mom,wife,fur-mom,book-blogger"0041346025600I was surprisedWater. It's sort of difficult to review because a lot of us take it for granted. At home, I distill my own. (We have well water which is high in minerals. Not good for coffee.) I also tend to drink carbonated water instead of sodas so I'm very used to a neutral taste.

When I received this sample I was first surprised at how large the bottle was. Personally I like a large bottle as there's less recycling and I don't have to be constantly remembering to refrigerate the next bottle.

The other thing that surprised me was how refreshing this water was. I don't know about you but sometimes after doing something strenuous -like mowing an acre in 95-plus degree heat- water doesn't satisfy my thirst. I can drink water until I slosh and I still feel dry. With the Essentia I was happy after about half a bottle. I drank the rest so that I was sure I was hydrated, but I wasn't 'dying of thirst' after drinking half.

The one down side I had was that I thought the water had the slight flavor of the plastic container. I liked the water enough though that I'm going to get another bottle at the grocery store and see if that was just a fluke.

Pam T~
290854290854B005HG9ESGAY6A8KPYCE6B0Tate0041345939200TastyFirstly I should mention that I only tested one bottle of this water, so as for long-term benefits of the 9.5 pH I can't really comment, but as for taste I can safely say it is a refreshing bottle of water. And I should also mention that I'm pretty picky about my water. Not all of it is created equal, that's for sure. Essentia certainly passes my Yum scale and feels plenty hydrating--although no more than my usual bottle of water, as far as I can tell.

I like the 1.5 liter size because I like to keep a bottle of water handy pretty much all times, but do be aware that it's pretty big so if that's not what you want... keep it in mind.

Overall, great tate, affordable price, maybe long-term benefits due to the bonus electrolytes and balanced pH. A great choice, IMO, but I wouldn't really consider it any more fantastic than other bottled water.
290855290855B005HG9ESG#oc-R3TXZAQ0JD85LRC. F. Hill "CFH"0041345939200Refreshing Water - RecommendedThis Essentia 9.5 pH drinking Water is good tasting, having no real discernible flavor, and is quite refreshing. The 1.5 Liter bottle is more than I typically drink in one sitting, even after working out, so consumed my test bottle over two days.

My first observation is that does taste significantly better than our municipal provided tap water and on par with the filtered water that we buy in bulk for regular "hydration" when working out. I did not notice any immediate quantifiable benefits from the adjusted pH or additives, but did feel more refreshed over drinking plain water.

This is a reasonably priced alternative to sports drinks and regular bottled water!

Recommended!

CFH
290856290856B005HG9ESGA2V92F5R7MLCVIwogan "the book reader"0041345939200Water waterThis water is very refreshing - meaning it does have a nice `no-taste'. It's a bit better than my tap water; but luckily I live in an area where the water always comes out very high on `taste tests'.
It is refreshing and a bit clearer tasting but as for being worth paying a price for when good reliable tap water is available, I have my doubts. If you are not sure your water is good then this might be a better alternative; but quite frankly on an environmental scale of avoiding an overabundance of plastic bottles, I would rather see it sold in bigger containers where a consumer could refill their own - traveling is another matter.

As for the ph. of 9,5...Pure distilled water contains an equal number of H+ and OH- ions and is considered neutral (at pH 7), neither basic nor acidic. It might pay you in the long run to see what your local water's ph. is. Ours is ph. 8. I'm not sure if that little bit in a ph. difference would matter. It seems as if most of the claims this company makes for its water would be cured by drinking more of any good clean water - which granted this is, it just costs more than good tap water.
290857290857B005HG9ESGA9KLAL1CXZ0W5E. Barron "alphabetjungle"0041345939200Purified water rather than spring waterIt is important to note that this is not bottled spring water like Evian Bottled Water 24 bottles 11.2oz. (Incidentally, Evian spelled backwards is naive.) Instead this is water that has been purified and then supplemented with calcium chloride, dipotassium phosphate, magnesium sulphate and sodium to adjust the pH of the water. So if you are on a low-sodium diet, you probably don't want to drink this.

When I drank this water, I immediately noted the rather bland taste. The truth is I prefer the taste of the filtered water from my refrigerator water filter or my Quixtar filter. However if you feel the health benefits of pH balanced water are legitimate and worth the investment, then this product may be for you.
290858290858B005HG9ESGA1ODOGXEYECQQ8Nuknuk0041345939200Good tasting water.Good tasting water. This is a big bottle of water; 1.5 liters is equivalent to about 4 soda cans or 6 glasses of water. Plastic bottle is not as flimsy as most water bottle which crumples on your hand. Normal PH level of water is between 6.5 to 8.5, whereas pure water is 7 and less than 6.5 PH may be acidic or called soft. Acidic is considered not good for your heath if it is what you drink most of the time. Hard water is above 8.5 PH, and considered not so much of a risk to your health than acidic.

If you drink a lot of water bottles, this is a good alternative for many of the popular brands already in the market.
290859290859B005HG9ESGAYB4ELCS5AM8PJohn B. Goode "JBG"0051345939200Excellent!Pros:
Tastes like my regular filtered water with no aftertaste.
With added electrolytes, 9.5pH, no added sugar or colorings.
Large 1.5l size, BPA and Phthalate free bottle.

Cons:
None found yet.

Great drink for those who want high pH, electrolytes and no sugar or artificial sugar.
290860290860B005HG9ESGA1KEK09ZA6J9P8Colleen M. Schneider0051345852800good, clean tasting water....I don't know about the health claims as I'm no expert, but I do know that staying hydrated with your electrolytes in balance is important. It makes you feel fuller when you are watching what you eat, it makes your skin look healthier and is important as a part of a good diet.

Now you might think water is water, right? No, not really, there is one particular brand of water on the market that I just think doesn't have a good, clean taste, you know, tasting like it has a lot of minerals and such. This water is very good, refreshing, clean taste and comes in a nice 1.5 liter bottle, perfect to put in the door of the fridge.

Overall, very good tasting and even moreso chilled. I would definitely consider purchasing this item.
290861290861B005HG9ESGAEL6CQNQXONBXCute Chihuahua0041345852800Tastes great and comes in a huge 1.5 L bottleI doubt that Essentia water can truly provide some of the health benefits that it claims. It claims that it promotes normal blood pressure, provides restful sleep, promotes good heart health and increases muscle strength. However it has a nice taste and I enjoy drinking it.

It certainly tastes a 100 times better than tap water and it tastes better that the average bottled water. There is only one brand that I like slightly better. One big difference about this water is the size of the bottle. The average bottled water is 16.9 oz. This bottle is 1.5L and it perfect for me. I usually drink a lot of bottled water when working outside in the heat or while exercising. I can down a regular bottle of water in a few seconds but this bottle will last me a while.

The cost per bottle is a little on the high side but you have to factor in the size of the bottle. Each Essentia bottle is equal to 3 1/2 regular size bottles. That being said the cost is still a little on the high side but that is the case with all of the higher quality bottled waters.
290862290862B005HG9ESGA22KL4WOK6GTW2Mitchell H.0041345852800A more natural taste.Let me first say that the packaging looks different than what it shows on the website. It looks and feels antiquated. But what matters is what is inside, correct?
I tasted essential against 3 other waters. One was a simply filtered water (from refrigerator disperser), another had minerals added- bottled water, and the other one was tap water (which tastes different depending on what part of the country and even in different municipalities).
Lets just say that essentia won...here are the differences from worst to best:
- Tap water: let's just say its like taking a big gulp of pool water...you know that chlorinated taste.
- regular bottled water (from local non-spring source, reverse osmosis, destilled, and minerals added): it's tasted like any other bottled water. It's ok and this should be the base standard.
- Filtered water (from my refrigerator): I might be biased but the filter does a good at removing chlorine and particulate without removing some minerality, it tastes fresh and clean.
- Essentia (aka, the winner): the mouthfeel is smooth and it coats your mouth, it doesn't weight heavy on you, I guess this might be the electrolytes or PH balance. It was pleasant and reminds me of spring water but not necessarily "refreshing". I believe it will serve its purpose vs some of the sports drinks out there.
The other thing that bothered me was all the health claims that they make. I guess you could make those for water in itself. At the end of the day I would go for natural spring water over any other source/method of bottled water.
290863290863B005HG9ESGA1UQBFCERIP7VJMargaret Picky0041345852800Nice clean bottled water with faint mineral tasteI normally drink NYC tap water which has a great flavor. It comes from beautiful reservoirs upstate and is closely monitored for safety.

When I do drink mineral water, I will almost invariably choose something like Vichy or Apollinaris with a bit of flavor and some bubbles.

However, this Essentia water is quite good for a lightly-mineralized non-gaseous bottled water. It does have a very faint soft mineral taste on the tongue which might not even be noticed under ordinary circumstances.

It comes in a large 1.5 liter bottle that is surprisingly easy to grip and pour and I really like the fact that it is filtered and treated with UV light. It would be good to keep on hand for emergencies.

I am a little skeptical about any advantages of the 9.5 pH except as it affects the taste. I would think that the gastric acid in the stomach would make the pH of this water irrelevant instantly.
290864290864B005HG9ESGA1F7YU6O5RU432Angela Streiff0051345766400Wonderful taste!This is definitely one of the better bottled waters I have tasted. It has a crisp clean flavor that tastes more like a distilled water than a spring water. It doesn't have a soft taste, which I find many bottled waters do have. It reminds me more of the flavor of Dasani or Aquafina bottled water over softer ones like Fiji water. Each 1.5 liter bottle is huge, so keep that in mind when comparing price to number of bottles. These are much larger than you would drink in one sitting. Very delicious cold, right out of the refrigerator!
290865290865B005HG9ESGATANE2SC44592Loves those books0041345766400Good tasting waterEssentia is a good tasting water. There are some botteled waters out there that have a horrible metallic taste to them but this isn't one of those. It has a good refreshing taste that I really enjoy. If I see this the next time I am needing some botteled water I will definitely buy it again.
290866290866B005HG9ESGALNFHVS3SC4FVDarena Dorsey "Mom to 2 Boys"0051345766400Tastes GreatThis is one of the best tasting waters that I've tried. It is just purified water and not spring water but it has such a pure tasting taste to it. It is enhanced with minerals and honestly, I can taste the mineral taste which I like. Funny that a good tasting water is different from most drinks that we consume. Water is one that we want without any taste or flavor - just pure, fresh, wet and clean. Essentia is one without any noticeable flavors but the mineral taste.

I really liked it and gave it to my family too. They were surprised with a yum which isn't really a reaction that I normally get from water.

It has 9.5 pH factor and infused with electrolytes. Can't really tell those things from drinking it but good to know. Recommending completely on taste. It's excellent tasting water.
290867290867B005HG9ESGA2YB7DLC3FOR7WPamela V ""MS V""0051345766400Softer & Lighter Than Regular Bottled WaterI drink bottled water all the time. It's my main beverage and I do not consider tap water a beverage. So testing Essentia drinking water is a must for me!

I drank this at room temperature and immediately noticed how soft this water is. It's simply lighter than regular bottled water, and I am not choosy about which brands I drink. I drink everything from Dasani to Poland Spring.

This water is so soft, I find it relaxing. Unfortunately, the price is prohibitive. I can enjoy this bottle, but won't be able to afford the purchase price to buy more.
290868290868B005HG9ESGA3VBXQKRM7A4JReyecore0041345680000It's water...with some extras added.This water is what the description says...smooth, and jolted with some extra minerals to help out after a hard workout.

Ingredients: Water, baking soda, dipotassium phosphate (salt that dissolves very easily; this also controls acidity), magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) and calcium chloride.

My original take before drinking the water was "why on earth can't we just eliminate all the ingredients except for...you know...that water?" Well, after downing 50.7 ounces after a workout where I was dripping wet with sweat, I think I can answer my own question. No, the water didn't taste better or magically make me feel like I didn't just workout. But, as an alternative to Powerade or Gatorade, drinking a bunch of this Essentia water to restore electrolytes is MUCH better than all the Red #40 and High Fructose Corn Syrup you'll find in the flavored junk.

Recommend...
290869290869B005HG9ESGA1ITRGMT80D5TKThisThatNEverything "thisthatneverything"0051345680000Tastes Great & I love the size...I am very picky about flavors of water. There's only about 2-3 out there that I care for. My favorite brand and the only bottled water that I purchase is Nestle Pure Life. This tates very similar to me. I love the flavor and I do think it's silky, smooth as described. I have zero complaints about the flavor.

This size of the bottle is perfect for me when I'm outside for long periods of time like doing yard work or playing outdoor games. It's a great size to take to sporting events too. The only thing it's not handy for is my walking. I walk daily and always take a bottle of water with me but this is a bit too big and bulky for that.

I can't really give any feedback on the benefits that it lists such as sleeping better and helping to maintain normal blood pressure because I haven't used it for an extended periord of time but if it does those things then it's just an added bonus for me. I would buy it simply for the taste. I don't think the current price is bad at all.

I would recommend this water.
290870290870B005HG9ESGA1L1S42BOGPF96John Flora0051345680000Good to have on a long hot motorcycle rideI figured a 450-mile mid-August motorcycle ride would be a good way to evaluate Essentia 9.5 pH Drinking Water, so I poured a bottle of it into my CamelBak and set off from my home in northeast Arkansas for Indianapolis and the MotoGP races last Thursday morning.
The stuff kept me well hydrated and clear-headed all the way to Indy, which was a very good thing because we were overtaken by torrential rains just as we reached the city and had to negotiate flooding streets and rush-hour traffic to reach our motel, which wasn't where we remembered it because the interchange has been reconfigured.
Throughout it all, I never felt the "out of it" fatigue that goes with dehydration on a hot day. It's also easier on my stomach than regular tap water or ordinary bottled water.
Essentia will be my water of choice for future hot weather rides.
290871290871B005HG9ESGA1VQI32QPYXU6FJosh Strickland "J. Strickland"0031345680000...Water...The water is said to taste silky, but to me it just taste like regular water. If you were to give me water out of a sink in a cup and this water, I honestly couldn't tell you the difference. It does keep you hydrated, but if you want that regular tap water would do just as well.
290872290872B005HG9ESGA3BKNXX8QFIXIVJ. Finkel "Jack of Trades"0051345680000Better Than Spring WaterI know most people think water is...plain as water. If you don't notice any difference between Fiji water, Poland Springs, and NJ tap water, then you might be right. Personally, I notice a big difference. Fiji, comes from aquifers that run below the Earth's surface unlike spring water. It has a high silicon content that gives it a fuller body and I like the taste of it much more than most bottled waters. Essentia is filtered water that is "enhanced" to the point where it has a similar feel and flavor to Fiji. I can't say I notice a difference due to the pH, but sure, that sounds nice I guess. Overall, I like Essentia's mineral taste and silky texture. It is free from chlorine and flouride that plague a lot of tap water. The BPA, Phthalate free bottle is great too since i have young children.
290873290873B005HG9ESGA1R1BFJCMWX0Y3KO0041345680000It tastes ultra cleanOkay so I didn't expect anything spectacular but both my husband and I tried this and we were both a little dumbfounded. I don't really know how to explain it and all my husband had to say was it tasted "soft" We have filtered water and it there was a difference. This water is refreshing. Worth the price? Ummm, not in my opinion. I think we are an average household and there's no way we would afford to drink this on a regular basis. We do want to stress that we did like the water, but not for this price. I'll stick to my filtered/bottled water.
290874290874B005HG9ESGA1A1BM6N28X9J0Debbie Olson0031345680000Essentia 9.5 pH Drinking WaterNot sure what to say, it's water....It didn't taste any different than my tap water after it goes through my Brita filter. If it has any health additives it won't be noticed for some time and won't be sure it's from drinking this water. It did taste fresh and had no chemical taste of any kind.
290875290875B005HG9ESG#oc-R2HWL8UHAIMFRSBackroads "Scatter-brained book fan"0051345680000Very hydratingI'm pregnant, and for whatever reason am feeling constantly thirsty. This was an absolute blessing. The additives don't leave too strange a taste, and I found it very hydrating--it's nice to have something quench my thirst. The bottle size is great, making this the sort of all-day bottle you can take wherever. Very impressed with the product.
290876290876B005HG9ESGA1W415JP5WEAJKRoberta Karchner0041345680000Great water, don't know about health claimsThere are a few things I do know, the normal PH for water is 7.0 when neutral. I also know that a ph of above 10 or below 3 will kill the fish in my pond. So I wouldn't recommend adding it to your goldfish bowl.

But I have also read articles on the fact that our American diet leads to acidity, and we can help compensate by drinking alkaline water.

So if you feel like this is a product that is helpful, this water tastes like water and does all of the same things water does. I drank a huge glass before bedtime, and sure enough, it got me up in the middle of the night. Interestingly, I did drop a full pound of water weight overnight as well, but I can't be sure it was caused by the water, although I will be repeating the experiment.
290877290877B005HG9ESGA294SHLWPSG1BPRyan Winkleman0041345680000It's waterIf you couldn't tell, it's a bottle of water. A really big bottle of water. It has a slight taste to it, like one person said kind of a tap water taste, but I didn't think it was bad. I didn't particularly find it any more refreshing than any other water. I don't know if I truly felt the effects of the "best available pH" (9.5). It did have a pretty silky feel to it as I drank it. It is supposed to have electrolytes in it so if you want to be able to have hard workouts in the heat where electrolytes are truly needed and you don't want the sweet taste of sports drinks or Vitamin Water AND you don't mind the high price, this may be for you.
290878290878B005HG9ESGA11I1I9QLMAM1AS. Power0041345680000Similar flavor to tap water, but a very unique perceived texture.This water tastes very similar to tap water or cheap bottled water, but definitely has a different texture when you drink it. The taste is clean and crisp, but without the flavor of more expensive bottled waters that have minerals added for flavor. It tastes very similar to Aquafina or Nestle bottled water.

The big difference is in the perceived texture of the water as you drink it. It has a smooth almost saline-like texture that is enjoyable when cold. It tastes almost salty when warm.

I probably won't go out of my way to get this water again, but if I saw it in a display case at a store, I would drink it again just for the variety of it. I recommend that you try it, to see what I mean, but am not confident that you will be hooked (I wasn't).
290879290879B005HG9ESGA1VYFEJM12ZP11Jana Taylor0041345680000It tastes... like nothing. Refreshing to drink after a 5 mile walk.The bottle I received was a 1.5 liter size. Very large (I have a photo at the top). I usually get more manageable sizes to take with me when I walk/jog - a size that fits in the cup holder of my stroller. Anyway I thought I'd give this a shot today since I was going for a longer jaunt, a 5 mile combined jog / walk with my stroller and perhaps I'd want more than just one small water bottle.

The bottle size actually made it so I drank less because I had to store it in the bottom of the stroller and it wasn't readily available... so I only drank half of it and that was consumed at the end of my outing. But I sort of felt more energized after drinking it - and I was quite pooped after 5 miles of pushing the stroller. I don't know if that was psychological because I knew there were electrolytes in it or if there really was more of a boost.

I can't comment too much on if the pH is of any benefit or not, I understand you have to drink this for awhile before any benefit kicks in... HOWEVER I did a quick search online to see if I could read anything from an independent source telling me why 9.5 pH or a higher pH in general is good for you and I couldn't find anything EXCEPT websites that were trying to sell me their products. I couldn't find a website to tell me WHY this was good that WASN'T trying to sell me anything and that had some credibility. So please keep that in mind. One of the websites that was trying to sell me their pH stuff sited some "Japanese study" but gave no specifics... so I could not even look that study up to verify anything. So it sort of leaves me to believe the pH thing may be a fad. Probably a harmless one though.

Bottom line... water tasted good. I like the electrolyte thing. Don't care much about the pH, think that may be silly.
290880290880B005HG9ESGAOEUN9718KVRDMM0031345680000If you like tap water..I usually drink spring water. This one taste like a tap water and I could only drink it when very chilled. The warmer it got the worse it tasted. It is basically tap water purified with added minerals.
Due to high ph number it taste very smooth, heavy and thick. It didin't feel refreshing to me at all. It's not the worse I've tried, it beats for instance Las Vegas tap water;)

It will be good for someone who prefers this type of water. I don't so this is why only 2 stars.

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