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Speyside GlenlivetSpeyside Glenlivet
The source of Speyside Glenlivet is located in Greater Speyside, which covers a wide area of Scotland from the Culloden battlefield in the east, to the Cairngorms National Park in the south. It offers beautiful scenery, heather covered hills, clear rushing burns, a high concentration of whisky distilleries, an abundance of wildlife, superb local produce and silence.

Map of source of Speyside Glenlivet, ScotlandThe spring is in the Crown estate of Glenlivet, which sits in the high land to the north east of the Cairngorms and contains the lower reaches of the Avon and its famous tributary the Livet, plus of course the world renowned river Spey. Speyside Glenlivet is one of the world's greatest whisky producing regions and home to many of Scotland’s most famous distilleries. At its heart lies the small but globally renowned village of Glenlivet. Historians reveal that the world’s first whisky distillery was founded here over two hundred years ago.

Speyside Glenlivet Source, ScotlandMost true Scotch drinkers will recognize the name immediately. The water is superb for adding a touch to many of the whiskey's from the same region of Scotland. If you're a scotch drinker, we need say no more.

Speyside Glenlivet Source, Scotland, UKConsistent with the pristine quality of this gorgeous, rugged countryside, the chemistry of Speyside Glenlivet is equally pure. The geology is a 500 million year-old rock formation called the Braes of Glenlivet. The springs – named Slochd and Clash – are at an altitude of 1,520 feet. Speyside’s pH is 7.7, a slightly alkaline level favored by many because it delivers a slightly sweet after taste. Total Dissolved Solids are a mere 58 milligrams per liter, ranking Speyside in the “pure” category. Nitrates are extremely low at 1.0 mg/l, and the only two chemical elements with any prominence are Bicarbonates at 45 mg/l, and Calcium, which weighs in at 13 mg/l.

Speyside Glenlivet 750mL Glass / Highland Spring 500mL Plastic

Water In The News

Fine Water Summit, Stockholm 2019

left The 6th Fine Water Summit will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 25 and 26th 2019. Fine Water Society LogoA primary focus will be the Future Trends of the Fine Water Category. The Summit follows two days of the Taste and Design Awards held April 23 and 24th.

Carbonated Water Making Headlines Again

The industry is up to $2.2 Billion a year and still growing. Seltzer, club soda, and sparkling water are up double digits as more Americans turn away from soda and other sugary drinks. Variations in intensity (size of the bubble) as well as hints of flavors are adding to the category growth.

2019 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

The 29th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting will be held February 21-14, 2019, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The annual event will bring in over 100 waters from across the country and the globe. Bottled Waters, both still and sparkling will be judged in categories including taste and design. We understand Svalbardi will be entering as well. Keep posted for the results.

IBWA President Joe Doss TO Be Honored

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) issued a press release that President Joe Doss will be presented the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the Berkeley Springs Water Tasting Competition. Congratulations to Joe!

Brands In The News

The Race To Eliminate Plastic

Nestle Waters, on January 17, 2019, announced it will increase the recycled PET contents in its bottles to 35% by 2025 globally and 50% in the US.

Evian, a day later on January 18, 2019, announced it will produce all of its bottles from recycled plastic, reaching 100%, by 2025.

Iskilde is in the process of converting to a new PLA bottle, 100% plant based and 100% biodegradable and compostable. (Available March 2019).

Coca Cola announced new plant bottle for Dasani, made from 30% plants and recycled plastic.

Pepsi Cola is striving to have 100% of their packaging recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

Highland Spring has permanently added a 500ml size 100% rPet bottle to its line-up. Highland hopes to have all of their bottles using at least 50% rPet by 2022.

Is This A New Way To Sell Water?

Are we selling water, or alcohol here? Spiked Still Water! Okay, well isn’t beer “still” water with barley and hops? Or perhaps soda, “still” water with sugar and flavoring, and maybe some carbonation? Or perhaps, vodka, primarily ethanol and “still” water. This goes to show just how much marketing can do for a product. It also shows just how gullible the consumer may be? Pura Still contains 4.5% alcohol by volume…we’ll call it a “flat beer”.

Spiked Pura Brand Still Water

What's In A Name?

Or should we ask, What’s in the water?

Fat Water
Fat Free Water

In The Learning Corner

Do You Know What This Is?

Globule of water and air pocket in zero gravityIt’s teaching us about physics and gravity. This picture shows not only a water drop but also an air bubble inside of the water drop. This picture comes from NASA, and was taken in space, and of course, zero gravity. According to the laws of physics (in space), both droplets form spheres, which is a shape having the least amount of surface area. On Earth, gravity would distort the shape, and the air bubble, lighter than water, would race upward to burst through the surface of the droplet.

In space, the air bubble doesn't rise because it is no lighter than the water around it—there's no buoyancy. The droplet doesn't fall from the leaf because there's no force to pull it off. It's stuck there by molecular adhesion.

Question To Ponder

If Con is the opposite of Pro, is Congress the opposite of Progress?


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Water is unique in that it is the only natural substance that is found in all three physical states—liquid, solid, and gas.

Water freezes at 32° Fahrenheit (F) and boils at 212°F (at sea level), but boils at 186.4° at 14,000 feet.

Water is unusual in that the solid form, ice, is less dense than the liquid form, which is why ice floats.

Water is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.

Wherever water goes, either through the ground or through our bodies, it takes along valuable chemicals, minerals, and nutrients, dissolved solids.

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