VOSS Water Analysis:
Balance Still & Effervescent
Virginality Superior
Minerality Super Low & Medium
Orientation Acidic
Hardness Soft
Carbonation Added
TDS 44/290 mg/l
ph factor 5.5/4.8
Hardness 14 mg/l
Nitrate 1 mg/l
Calcium 4 mg/l
Magnesium 1 mg/l
Sodium 4 mg/l
Potassium 1 mg/l
Silica 1 mg/l
Bicarbonate 20/230 mg/l
Sulfate 6/90 mg/l
Chloride 12 mg/l
Source: Artesian (Still), Processed (Sparkling)
Country of Origin: Norway
Region: Southern Coast
Place: Iveland
Established: 1998
Status: Not a member of the Fine Water Society
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Voss’s most recognizable feature is its highly designed, some say over-designed, bottle. There is a distinct difference between Voss Still and Voss Sparkling: The sparkling version is augmented with sodium bicarbonate to bring its TDS to 500 mg/l (as opposed to just 22 mg/l for the still version). I don’t think Voss needs to polish its sparkling water in this way, which forces an otherwise natural product into the processed water category.
Though the name might lead you to think that the water comes from the mountains near Voss, in western Norway, in fact it comes from that country’s south coast—specifically, the remote, thinly populated Iveland area, northeast of Kristiansand. Rock and ice have protected the artesian source for hundreds of years.