Amazon Fine Food Reviews

290896290896B005HG9ESGA31BD4RXCON7QOMichael A. Duvernois0041345593600Tastes fine, but what's the benefit of alkaline water again?I received one bottle of this water to review. It tastes just fine, not a lot of flavor from the added minerals in the bottle. This seems to be some preliminary attempt at the alkaline bottled water market. The label indicates "pH is 9.5 +/- (purified waters require calibrated pH meter for testing)" which implies to me that they don't yet have a calibrated meter... Anyhow, the health benefits, if any, of the water are hard to assess. Most mineral waters have more flavor and are also going to be moderately alkaline.
290897290897B005HG9ESGA353U0L2HAMSHVCricket "Living life and loving it!"0041345593600Water with benefits and no funny aftertasteMy job has me running around on my feet for 8 hours a day so it's important that I stay hydrated. Lately I have been drinking whatever I bring from home (usually something similar to Propel Fitness Water) or just water from the dispenser. The thing I've noticed with the sports drinks are that they actually leave me thirstier and water usually leaves me full once I'm able to drink enough to quench my thirst.

I did read some of the reviews before deciding to try Essentia 9.5 pH and based on them being mostly positive I wanted to give it a try. The bottle I received lasted me the entire day at work and I didn't have to go searching for more which was nice. The taste was much better than tap and even better than the bottled dispenser water we have. As for the claims of "helps maintain normal blood pressure, restful sleep, heart health, muscle strength and more" I can't really prove or disprove them after just one bottle. The only thing I can say is that I did feel like it quenched my thirst better than anything I've been drinking. Is it all in my imagination? I don't think so, which is why I've actually purchased more from my local grocery store (the price was just a bit better than here on Amazon).
290898290898B005HG9ESGA3VJ27010XUWTFC. Wong "Book worm"0041345593600Very tasty waterI have taste electrolite infused water once before and I loved it. I have no idea what the brand name was. This tasted the same. It literally makes me want to drink more. I have been scared off from drinking tap water as I have some auto-immune diseases and now qualfy as "older" (I hate that tag, elderly).

We periodically receive reports from the city about what they find in our water. It says in the report that we should stop buying water. But it also has the warning about if you have an weakened immune system, are elderly, undergoing treatment involving steriods that you may be more vulnerable to certain protoza. Cryptosporidium is one that they warn against. It has been shown to be absent for several years and a person who has a weakened immune system should recover in two weeks. But the report also says the reason that the water doesn't taste well and look OK is because of algal bloom. Algal bloom can be bad for dogs and lambs so should I still drink it? I don't trust it so I don't.

When I tasted this water, it tasted so much better. All I can go by is taste. It tastes clean.

I docked the rating by one star because of the cost. I still don't think I could afford it. I tried filters for a while but the filters were so expensive. If I could afford it I would definitely sign up for the subscribe and save.

At least until it is gone, I can enjoy the water so clean tasting that I want to drink more.

I highly recommend this water, it is so good that it is a treat to drink.
290899290899B005HG9ESGA2V5M5EJPOD2IUDavid Bradshaw0031345593600It is OK, but there is something that I can taste...There is not much to say about water, I enjoy bottled water and always buy the packs of Dasani Bottled water from the local store. I saw this item and thought it would be nice to give something else a try. I poured me a glass of this water (I have had it chilling in the fridge for the day), and tried it, it tasted OK, and the water appeared beyond clear (kind of strange how clear the water was), it did have a small flavor or something, but I was not sure. After I finished the glass I could still taste something in my mouth, it had an almost bitter flavor. I got some tap water and washed my mouth out and that got rid of that bitterness.

I am not sure what I am tasting in this water, but whatever it is, I do not care for it. The bitterness is something I have tasted before, but cannot remember. I think I will stick with Dasani or tap water. This may just be my tastebuds and you may not have a problem with this water, but I could taste something and I did not like it.
290900290900B005HG9ESGA3LGT6UZL99IW1Richard C. Drew "Anaal Nathra/Uthe vas Bethod...0041345593600Hey, it's H20 with a twistWater with a Ph of 9.5 is thought to help with many physical ailments (Google it) as well as hydrate better, especially after strenuous activity. I've never seen much of a difference using sports drinks vs cold water, but many people do. This drink would be a much cheaper alternative to those $1 and $2 sports drinks. It does have a different "texture" than regular water, perhaps because of the Ph level.

There is no source specified, so I assume it's from tap water. The source does not really matter to me. Many of the springs in this country are becoming contaminated, and those that draw water from "mountain streams" - eeewww! Animals and people use those as a bathroom, and things die and rot there. The bottom line is that ALL water get filtered thoroughly, no matter the source, and it all starts in the same place. That's personal preference, but I'm not paying a premium for "spring" water that's going to be filtered anyway!
290901290901B005HG9ESGA1V1EP514B5H7Yasiana0031345593600Tastes just like waterI decided to try this bottled water to see if it tasted differently than my tap water. It didn't. It's just another water in a bottle. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing to get excited by.
290902290902B005HG9ESGA32EOHLFZYXJEPJaylia30041345593600Water, pure and simpleI did not test the pH and I don't know if I received any long term health benefits from drinking Essential, but I can comment on the taste which is almost nonexistent. There is no chemical taste, and no aftertaste either good or bad. It doesn't taste fresh like spring water that's bubbling up from its source, but I don't find myself near a spring very often and no taste is better than bad taste. It comes in a large plastic bottle that is sturdy enough to reuse.
290903290903B005HG9ESGA1UMSB7LAW0RIRWriter of Books - Mage - Mom to Two "Writer, ...0051345593600Tastes like water. HUGE bottle!I'm basing my review on this being what it says it is. It's water! Yep! It sure is, and that is exactly what it tastes like. Read on :) It's got electrolytes! YES! I am going to have to believe that because as I said, it tastes like water. I love the idea of electrolytes in anything and if you do too, then this is for you. Rather than feeling like you always have to grab a bottle of Gatorade (which is sugary, flavored, chemical-ish tasting) you can grab WATER! Perfect for after workouts, at work, any time!

If you read the ingredients (purified water, sodium bicarbonate, dipotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate and calcium chloride) you might wonder what all of that is doing in there. I do. But I'm not a scientist and not sure what makes up electrolytes. It has zero calories, fat, sodium (with sodium bicarbonate in it?) zero carbs, zero protein. So I'm going by what the bottle says, it's electrolyte water. Yeah!

It's a huge bottle, one I plan to recycle by filling with water from my fridge! Which brings me to the other claim on the bottle. It says 'For a difference you can taste." Well, to me, this tastes like my fridge water. No better, no worse, no different. I had actually considered taking off one star for this, but then I recalled my high school health class that said 'you can interpret sales/marketing one way "This is the best toothpaste ever!" or another. Who is to say what it's the BEST of? WHO says? Etc. So I can't taste any difference from my fridge water, like I can with my favorite waters FIJI Natural Artesian Water, 50.7 -Fl. Oz Bottles (Pack of 12) and NEO Water - 9.5pH Alkaline, Electrolyte, Antioxidant Water 20 OZ (24 Case) - Alkaline Water - Electrolyte Water - Antioxidant Water - PH Water - BPA Free Plastic but who is to say that's bad? But aha! It says on the bottle it has a 'silky smooth taste' Well, in my opinion, the Fiji water really, really does! This doesn't at all, but that could just be my opinion of what silky smooth water should be.

SO if you love water, and want something added to it that will help you refresh, refuel, get better etc...and want it to just taste like water...then this is totally for you. At 50.7 fluid ounces, and with a nice sturdy bottle, you won't be disappointed.
290904290904B005HG9ESGAPP35M28G2U51M. Lafferman0051345507200Refreshing!What can I say about water? The size of the bottle is not a normal water bottle size, but much larger than that. I think the bottle says something like 50 ounces.

In any case, this water has a very clean, refreshing taste. It is purified water with electrolytes, which to me I would prefer my water to be like this, than electrolytes like they have in Gatorade.

If I were to drink bottled water I would drink this water, because of the electrolytes, so that you don't get dehydrated.
290905290905B005HG9ESGA2NUBL2UYWPBWRC0031345507200Water-flavoured alkaline electrolyte beverage.Essentia is water with electrolytes and a pH of 9.5. It is basically an alkaline unflavoured sports drink. Essentia tastes just like regular water; it's not soapy, nor metallic tasting like some would suspect looking at the 9.5 pH label.

The whole alkaline water discussion falls into 2 camps that is really beyond the scope of this review. To summarize, one camp believes it helps against cancer, and promotes longevity etc by following an alkaline diet, the other is calling BS on the psuedoscience of creating "pure" alkaline water through osmosis and ionizing water. There is also a large number of middle-of-the-road people that are just using it for convenience to help with GERD instead of popping a pepcid or carrying around a box of bicarb.

One important note is that this water is sourced from many sources (including municipal) and is treated water, which does rank lower than water sourced from a natural untreated and untampered spring. However, Essentia does taste good and whatever other people's stance is on the alkaline water/diet issue, it can't hurt to just drink more water.

I love water. It is my favourite drink and would not hesitate to buy this brand of water if given the choice alongside other altered/treated waters in the same price range.
290906290906B005HG9ESGA2ZY49IDE6TY5ICrabigail Cassidy "Crabby Abby"0031345507200Water, Water Everywhere'A Difference You Can Taste' is the slogan for this water. It boasts that it has a ph factor of 9.5 and claims that it hydrates. Under normal circumstances I drink bottled water because the tap water here is not especially palatable since it is well water. My bottled water of choice is normally whatever is on sale and I usually am of the opinion that the brands don't vary much. If it doesn't have a taste all the better
The good news is that Essentia doesn't have a taste per se. It is fresh tasting and does not have a funky or mineral aftertaste. To me it is a pricey version of what I normally drink. Does it hydrate or contain electrolytes? I have absolutely no idea.
My son swears by Essentia however and buys large amounts of it at Whole Foods. He has terrible acid reflux and claims it is way better than Gatorade and far more satisfying and has even reduced his acid reflux issues.
Since I am not a runner and I don't like Gatorade, I'm sticking with plain old bottled water.
290907290907B005HG9ESGAKJHHD5VEH7VGDominique W0041345507200Wish-washy about this waterThe product tastes great. It tastes like higher end bottled water. One reviewer called the taste "silky" and I can't think of a better description for it. It goes down smooth, that's for sure.

I'm unsure about certain aspects of this water. On the one hand, I wish I would have had some during the times my youngest suffered from acid reflux or when anyone in the household suffered from an upset stomach. On the other, I'm concerned that drinking too much of it will cause an imbalance with stomach acids, causing further digestion problems.

I do think this is an excellent product overall for those who need it. For me, I'm probably going to keep a bottle or two on hand for upset stomachs. I don't think I will be drinking it daily or replacing my current water-of-choice with it.
290908290908B005HG9ESGA3I1BJIFFM4S21Atomicwasteland0041345075200Tastes like water, so it's got THAT going for itSo I didn't know what to expect when trying this product... I suppose I thought I'd detect a slightly off or metallic taste, with all the electrolytes added, but I did not.

Though the product advertises itself as "silky smooth" I don't think I'd describe it that way. It tasted fine, but not "better" than water, and not any worse.

If you really are struggling to find water that has some of these characteristics, then I'd give it a try. Me, I'm going to stick with filtered water, because I really couldn't tell the difference.
290909290909B005HG9ESGA2X3L31KCXBHCLWorking Mom "Working Mom"0051344988800Thrist QuenchingI am in love with Essentia! This water tastes very smooth, and keeps me hydrated for a very long time. Living in a hot and humid environment, I need all the hydration I can get, and Essentia didn't let me down. I felt the effects within an hour-hydration anyway. I don't have any real health problems, and the idea that just water can cure health problems seems a bit much, and none of these claims have been proven. However, for a bottled water, I very much enjoyed this.

While I should say the texture is smooth, and not thick, there is no odd aftertaste that most bottled waters give you. It tastes as I imagine pure drinking water should. This leaves behind no odd coating of the tongue that annoys me in most bottled waters, and it goes down very well. My mouth even feels more refreshed after drinking it!

The price isn't too bad for what you get either. The bottles are insanely huge for a typical bottled water.

I plan on buying more of this water, as it was even better, to me, than Smart Water, and I used to swear by them!
290910290910B005HG9ESGA174GR3NPUAPPNKelly0051344988800wonderful - UPDATEThis water was bottled at 9.5 and although by the time it reaches us its probably closer to 8.5, that is still excellent. My body absorbs this water much better than any other, I drink just as much but urinate half as much as before. I use it in my soups, coffee, etc. This water and replacing standard refined table salt with pink himalayan salt in my diet has increased my energy 10-fold. This may not be the magic bean for everyone's body, but I love it. Tastes silky smooth too.

**UPDATE Sept 2012** - I ordered 3 types of bottled high-ph water: NeoWater, AlkaPure, and Essentia, then tested them with PH testing strips. The Essentia water tested at 9.0, the AlkaPure at 9.3, and the NeoWater at 7.1! Thanks, Essentia, for ensuring the quality of your water. I remain a happy customer :) I'll try to post the picture of the tests to the product page.
290881290881B005HG9ESGA3QNQQKJTL76H0buru buru piggu0041345680000Good cold. Dubious marketing claimsThis is marketed the same way that toothpaste is ("doctor recommended"), which for me, has the opposite effect on credibility. Strangely, this product does not have the usual FDA disclaimer that I've seen on other products ("This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA").

Evaluating this water just as a water, apart from the numerous health benefit claims, it's good. When at room temperature, the taste is a bit strange and off-putting. When refrigerated and served cold, it is very refreshing and clean tasting. Not sure what "Best available pH at 9.5" means.. This statement does not make sense. pH is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity, on a scale of 0-14 (0 being a strong acid, 14 being a strong base). Normal water is neutral at 7. "Hydrates better" than what? What are we comparing this to? Hydrates better than an English muffin? Yes, it certainly does!

Most of the other sales bullet points are standard and hardly worth mentioning.. Plastic is type 1 PETE and can be easily recycled, but most beverage bottles are made of #1 or #2. I'm not a fan of bottling water and the claims of reducing carbon footprint are bogus. These bottles have to be shipped across the country, using trucks and airplanes, which is not carbon neutral. It is far more environmentally friendly to get a filter/treatment system and drink your local water supply.
290882290882B005HG9ESGA2L0WJMOT484GMreviewer0041345680000as expectedGood big sturdy bottle with nutrient water as advertised. I am happy with it and will buy this product if it costs in par with its competitors.
290883290883B005HG9ESGA3CA3RWZYJDWXEBJ Fraser0041345680000H 2 Oh!I don't think there's a lot you can say about this product. It's bottled water. It's not even sparkling or flavored with anything. But as far as bottled water goes, this is good. It's a lot better than the cheap store brands, which usually taste like tap water. It's better than some of the cheaper retail brands like Dasani too. Whether it stacks up against the really high end brands I have no idea since I don't drink those. Anyway, since it is pretty much just regular water I wouldn't see any point paying any excessive price for it, but it is good.

That is all.
290884290884B005HG9ESGA24U6WGBZ4P74WJennifer Miller "Kaydence"0051345680000Great Hydration!I'm not an athlete. I've read through the reviews of this from the athletes, and if I were an athlete it would probably be a big deal in my mind. On the other hand, I'm like everyone and get sick from time to time. From being ill, I was dehydrated. My doctor immediately told me to start drinking Gatorade or PediaSure. I have never liked flavored sports drinks. I hate the fact that when I am already not feeling well, I have to drink something I can't stand the flavor of. I had previous tried SmartWater to solve this issue, but it doesn't seem to be infused with enough electrolytes to help. So, this time I tried Essentia. After about 2 liters, I did feel better. You know that sorta dry, swollen tongue thing that happens when you are dehydrated? That went away. I felt a little stronger between drinking this and taking my medicine. I asked the doctor if this was okay to drink instead of Gatorade and he gave me the go ahead. So, here is what I liked:

1. It pretty much tastes like water. There is a slight difference in taste from something like Brita water, or most bottled water, but overall it's not a taste that drives me away.

2. It is not sugary! This is what drives me away from Gatorade. I hate the sugary taste of every one of their flavors. Since this basically tastes like water, it is not sugary! This is the aspect that makes me dance for joy.

3. It made me feel hydrated after a bottle. Honestly, it was probably less than a bottle. If I wasn't already extremely dehydrated, it would have been even less than that. I love it when something makes you just feel better.

4. It is a sporty water bottle that is made from environmentally safe products. I'm not a total Go Green girl, but it is definitely a plus and something I am becoming more aware of. I know that several of my high school athletes are very big in the Green shopping, so this is something I would recommend it. It's also good plastic that is easily recycled again.

The biggest con is the price. It's not unheard of for a 12 pack of water to be expensive, but it is definitely not a drink the average family would be able to purchase several times a week. A single bottle is just slightly more expensive than Gatorade, but a 12 pack for about $25 is much different than the supermarket brand of water that is a 24 pack for $4.00. This is water that is for the electrolytes and rehydrating after a sickness or big work out, not an every day drinking water.
290885290885B005HG9ESGA31RULW0KNYJ5HLA0051345680000There is a DifferenceI was skeptical about this product. I sometimes drink bottled water, but usually it's for the convenience more than anything else.

I tried this product after refrigerating it for several hours. The texture is different. It's a slight difference, but I agree that it could be described as silky. The best feature, however, is the taste. It is clean and fresh. In fact, it is different enough from regular water (from the tap or bottled water) that I would consider serving it as a special beverage with a meal.

It is expensive, but for those who want the best-tasting water and can afford the luxury, this is an excellent choice.
290886290886B005HG9ESGA1MZL91Z44RN06MussSyke0041345680000Tastes a lot like ...water.My comparison point is good old tap water run through a generic "brita" filter, cold.

The strength of this water is that it tastes almost as good. The tiniest bit plasticy in the back of the pallet, but not so much unless you're looking for it. I don't know what to say about the electrolytes and the pH level - seems a little gimmicky, but if it's your thing, then this is a good tasting vessel for its consumption.

The bottle is the thin, very collapsible kind.
290887290887B005HG9ESGA1UINGIK3UG77DSuzanne R. Arnholt0031345680000Water.I thought this water had a "flat" taste, though I did not experience any bitter aftertaste. My 12-year-old, on the other hand, found it quite refreshing and easier to drink than tap or other bottled water when she had a sore throat. She also said it "tasted" like water but FELT better going down. If it were priced similarly to other bottled water, I might consider purchasing it.
290888290888B005HG9ESGA3094EPI56GKZ6Kristen E. Bogren "Kristen Bogren"0051345680000RefreshingNice tasting water- Very neutral tasting, not "dry" but a perfect tasting water.. Drank it ice cold- Was very refreshing!
290889290889B005HG9ESGA2XSY4L7GDHV4WRobert T. Brennan "Rob_1970"0041345593600Good tasting waterAlthough this water does not have the full bodied flavor of a great spring or mountain water, Essentia's does have a silky smooth taste on the palate. Essentia's pH is a very alkaline 9.5, and the product is electrolyte infused and purified by reverse osmosis. Fortunately, Essentia is also sugar free, unlike a lot of sports drinks. If I worked out a lot, I would go for Essentia over a sugary sports drink.
290890290890B005HG9ESGA2068BC3ZXAVJQscesq "scesq"0051345593600Great Tasting Water.I live in an area where the tap water does not taste so great. Bottled water is a treat for me and I have tried a few different brands. Essentia is one of the best I have tried.

I usually drink bottled water that is listed as "spring water." This is the first time I have tried purified water with added electrolytes. I don't taste mineral or other flavors, I only taste great tasting water. This water tastes sweet and fresh. By sweet I don't mean sweet in a sugary sense but sweet in fresh and pure sense.

I don't care about how a water is made and will not buy water because of things added to it like electrolytes. I care about taste. This tastes great.
290891290891B005HG9ESGA1PI8VBCXXSGC7Lynn0041345593600Refreshing....tastes like water shouldI drink a lot of water, but I rarely purchase bottled water. We've been using the New Wave Enviro Premium 10 Stage Water Filter System for a year now. Essentia 9.5 pH drinking water has no taste & is very good. Taste wise Essentia 9.5 pH compares to the water I get from my faucet using the New Wave Enviro filter. However, Essentia is enhanced with pure minerals & promotes its 9.5 pH alkalinity.

I don't know if there have been any scientific studies on the benefits of drinking alkaline water. My internet search was inconclusive.

If you are looking for an alkaline bottled water with a pH of 9.5, Essentia won't disappoint you.
290892290892B005HG9ESGA34BZM6S9L7QI4Mandy "mandy"0031345593600RefreshingI noticed nothing different about the flavor or lightness/heaviness of this water. It was water. I tested the ph and it real only 8.4, which is still better than tap water, but they advertise 9,5. I will say that my test may not have been wholly accurate, but because I had only one bottle, I couldn't check it against another bottle not run several tests to see what the consistent measurement will .
290893290893B005HG9ESGA2D7B5I7ZQ51XLTime Enough At Last0051345593600First I was thirsty, then I was not.For most bottled waters, there are basically two elements that are required for quality. First, does it quench the thirst? Yes, of course it does, it's water. Second, does it taste good? Again, yes, it does.

However, there are more benefits to this pH drinking water, apparently, than the standard water. According to its product description: "Its superior hydrating qualities come from a special electrolyte formula and optimal pH level of 9.5, which gives your body more of what it needs to thrive. Drinking Essentia Water boosts the antioxidant properties of your immune system and helps bring your body back into balance. It also helps maintain normal blood pressure, restful sleep, heart health, muscle strength and more."

Do any of these claims come true? It's hard to tell, but I know it didn't make me feel any LESS healthy.
290894290894B005HG9ESGA1ZU55TM45Y2R8J. Haggard0041345593600It's water... Yep....So I had the chance to try this water out, and I have to admit it seems like if there was going to be a health benefit you would need to drink it often. I received one bottle and I had some of it. The water tastes like purified water. Theres no weird chemical flavors or plastic flavors. There is no odor and it tastes clean. It reminds me a lot of Smart Water.

I can't confirm if there are positive health impacts, I haven't had enough to show that I'm sure. But I can confirm it tastes just like water and if you are looking for something with a pH level of 9.5 this appears to be it...

Is it a buy/try or don't buy? I'd say you can give it a try.
290895290895B005HG9ESGALDAF4VVLFRHPPatricia L. Brouillette0031345593600It tastes like waterIt is water, if you are looking for something with a high ph, this is it, but other than that I don't see much of a difference than ordinary bottled water. It is a nice large size, something to put in the refrigerator and pour into a glass as needed. I wasn't to impressed with the water.

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