Deep-Sea Water Taste Test

Rick at Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunset recently reviewed Kona Deep awhile back and promised to send along a bottle to taste. Previously, I made a rather bold claim…

Imagine yourself laying on a sandy beach. As you take in the supple views and iconic air, you reach for your multi-fruit, multi-liquor, multi-umbrella, tropical drink. But wait! Wouldn’t you rather have a beverage “bottled and certified at the source in Hawaii…the result of this ancient water being shepherded with special care through a proprietary process that takes out almost all of the salt, but retains important natural electrolytes that are essential for the body and are easily absorbed…”with a “clean, rich taste that quenches your thirst and replenishes body, mind and spirit”? Of course you would, and so would Rick Macpherson. Rick dicussess the hype, science, and yes the taste of bottle deep-sea water, Kona Deep. Rick’s opinion? “And the taste? It tasted like… well, like water. Like ice-cold bottled water. No magic, no paradise, no subtle undertaste of the ocean. Just a mouthful of water. Certainly satisfying, hardly transformative.” Well I’m certainly surprised that it doesn’t taste different but perhaps Rick’s palate for deep-sea water is undeveloped?

So just a few short days later, what arrives in my mail but a lovely bottle of Kona Deep from Rick. So now to back up my claim that my deep-sea water palate is more refined and I should be able to “appreciate” the subtle nuisances of deep-sea water. So in a blind taste test of well water, tap water ran through a Brita filter, and Kona Deep the results were…
I can taste the difference. Kona and filtered tap water do taste different. Unfortunately this is really nothing special as any mineral water of which certainly Kona Deep can be considered, tastes different from tap water. My palate was unable to distinguish from Kona Deep and basic well water. If you got $2 and come across the bottle the fact that it is from 3000′ and doesn’t taste like filthy swill may be worth picking up a bottle. I do have to admit to liking the bottle.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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