Tap water
Bromölla has Sweden's tastiest tap water. Photo: Nathalie Rothschild/Radio Sweden

Top chefs and connoisseurs select winner of tap-water award

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A jury of celebrity chefs, sommeliers and critics have awarded the southern Swedish town of Bromölla with a national prize for Sweden's tastiest tap water.

Food and wine writer Jan Holmström has been a jury member since the launch of the competition back in 1997 and told Radio Sweden that there has been a different winner every time. This year, Bromölla won because of its "pure and clean water," said Holmström.

"There's a sense of health and well-being about Bromölla's water that made it come top this year," said Holmström, adding that Bromölla's tap water "has personality and a quality that makes you want to drink a second glass".

Holmström's fellow jury members included Mischa Billing of Swedish Master Chef fame, Ebbe Volmer who runs a prized restaurant in Malmö, and wine critic Gunilla Hultgren. All in all, there were six jury members who, during nine regional finals, tasted tap water from 113 Swedish municipalities. Out of those, 18 were shortlisted for the final.

Asked why one needs food and wine connoisseurs on a tap-water competition jury, Holmström said:

"Because it's extremely hard to tell the difference between different tap waters. You need experienced tasters for that."

Holmström believes that Sweden is lucky to have an abundance of water. "We do have very high-quality water," he said.

Organised by the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association, the national tap-water competition has been held three times before, in 1997, 2005 and 2010. The central Swedish town of Falun won in 2010.

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