Living: Rating the Waters

Connoisseurship apparently knows no limits. Many people who used to ask for whiskey by the brand now do the same with sparkling water. Some may even distinguish among flavors, but not if ice cubes and lime are used. Differences are hard to spot, even when the waters are downed neat, but they do exist, as the chart indicates. Brands of club soda and carbonated mineral water are ranked by preference and rated as follows: four bottles, excellent; three, very good; two, good; one, fair; zero, must suit tastes other than mine.


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