What Does Water Taste Like?

November 22, 2021
Fitness & Lifestyle

Does water have a taste? For thousands of years, many great philosophers were quick to dismiss this question, saying that water had no flavor to it. But as more years wore on, scientists eventually discovered that it can actually provoke a certain taste. Whether it’s natural, distilled, spring or mineral, water can give off a certain flavor that can be influenced by a lot of factors.

In this article, we take a closer look at where water gets its taste — and how it could be different for you and the other person.


In order to answer the question of what water really tastes like, you have to first consider where it comes from. Next, the deciding factor of a water’s taste has more to do with minerals dissolved in the liquid. Lastly, the taste buds and receptors of each human play an important role in determining what a certain type of water tastes like.


How your water tastes can ultimately depend on the type that you are drinking. Here are some of the most common types:

  • Tap water - While water supplied to tap is generally used for cooking, washing and showering, it can also substitute for drinking as long as it’s been properly distilled and purified. But for the many homes that choose to drink straight from the source, tap water can have a metallic flavor to it. This is because water from the tap is often treated with fluoride and can pass through different types of pipes.

  • Spring water - Sourced from freshwater spring sources, spring water is packed with minerals and nutrients that are good for the body. As it passes along untreated sources in mountainous regions, the taste can have a soil and earth-like hint to it.

  • Well water - Taken from underground aquifers beneath a house or an establishment, well water is stored deep in layers of soil. While it’s usually filtered for drinking, the high concentration of soil minerals can still be a deciding factor of what it ends up tasting like.

  • Sparkling water - While known to many as a highly carbonated drink, sparkling water is usually just mineral water that’s been carbonated in high concentrations. The result? The carbon dioxide and mineral content provide a high acid taste and texture. But since most sparkling water brands are available in different artificial flavorings, the difference can ultimately depend on the flavor that you pick.

  • Alkaline water - Higher in pH level the usual natural drinking water, alkaline water contains ionized minerals that give it a less acidic and smoother feel. A lot of alkaline waters are typically sourced out from springs and volcanoes rich in minerals, thereby resulting in the all-natural flavor and texture. But for most alkaline water bottles found in the stores, the taste has already been altered and artificially alkalized.

  • Distilled water - One of the most popular types of drinking water, distilled water is made by collecting the steam of boiling water and purifying it of any minerals, chemicals and bacteria. This water type usually brings a plain and smooth taste regardless of its source.


Whether you’re having a hard time making yourself drink water because of its taste or you simply want to elevate the flavor of water, here are a couple of tips to make if taste better:

  • Add in your favorite citrus fruit by squeezing in oranges, lemons or lime for an added flavor
  • Infused your preferred herbs or fruits such as berries and mint or raspberries and basil for a more refreshing taste
  • Try drinking sparkling water instead of regular water to switch things up
  • Make flavor ice cubes made out of fresh fruits and juices
  • Mix your water with sugar-free flavoring


A water’s taste will always ultimately depend on its source, type and your own unique taste experience. If you want to enhance your drinking experience, you can always try switching it up by trying the many types of drinking water available at home and in the market.

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