Having been home to the world’s most expensive Mai Tai cocktail at £750 as well as the world’s oldest Old Fashioned, it seemed fitting that The Merchant Hotel should continue to break the mould with the launch of Ireland’s first dedicated water menu.
The menu, which launched this summer, includes a range of 13 bottled waters, handpicked to reflect some of the world’s finest and purest water. In our search to curate a water list reflecting the most unique, and high-quality waters, our list spans 10 countries across the globe, with the most expensive water hailing from Arctic Canada, which is harvested from glaciers to produce the purest water on earth.
But what exactly differentiates one water from another? According to Michael Tanousis, founder of Aqua Amore, The Merchant Hotel’s chosen water supplier, the secret is in the texture rather than the taste. His studies have shown that water absorbs the minerals of its surroundings, which has a huge impact on how each feels on the palate. Some waters, such as Fiji Still, can feel heavy and viscous, whilst others, such as Newfoundland’s Iceberg Still, are naturally cooler and more thirst-quenching – these properties are defined by the levels of calcium and magnesium present in the product.
Not only does The Merchant Hotel’s water menu offer a description of each water, complete with its mineral content and defining attributes, but the hotel have also appointed two water butlers to advise guests on the perfect water based on their health benefits and unique characteristics.
The ethos behind The Merchant’s unique water menu is to extend the range of choice offered to guests, allowing them to curate their own bespoke experience. By using the expertise of the water butlers, guests can pair their water with chosen foods and wines in order to extend flavours or cleanse the palate. These waters are available throughout The Merchant Hotel, offering a luxurious addition to our services to enhance guests’ restaurant experience.