The tasting has as a minimum the following categories. If we have a high number of participating brands we might have 2 additional Minerality categories.

Categories:

Still Water
   Super Low Minerality < 50mg/l
   Low Minerality < 250 mg/l
   Medium Minerality < 800 mg/l
   High Minerality > 800 mg/l

Sparkling Water
   Artificially Carbonated
   Naturally Carbonated

Bottle Design/Brand
   Glass
   PET

Entry fee:

There is no entry fee for members of the Fine Water Society. Non-members are welcome to participate and the entry fee is $ 250 per water.

Tasting:

Blind tasting at room temperature for all waters identical. Sparkling water will to be opened within 2 minutes of tasting. Dedicated premium water specific stemware.

Point system:

Minimum points 90 and maximum points 100 Judges: Fine Water Society approved 5 judges of which 3 will have professional tasting background.

Rating:

One number representing the overall taste and one number representing the presentation and brand

Submissions:

1 case (12x 0.75l) or similar configuration is required for the tasting to arrive in Guangzhou 2 weeks prior to the competition.

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