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Belfast hotel launches new water menu – & the most expensive bottle is £26.45 from the Canadian Arctic

A five-star Belfast hotel has just launched a dedicated water menu with the most expensive bottle costing a cool £26.45.

The luxury Merchant Hotel, which can be found at 16 Skipper Street, have even hired two new waiters to help guests choose the water that is right for their palate.

The handpicked selection of 13 bottled waters, which come from countries such as Canada, Italy, the Faroe Islands and Fiji, range in price from £4.95 up to £26.45 – the Iceberg, Still.

This 700ml bottle comes from the Canadian Arctic and the description reads: “The snow froze and compacted into enormous glacial walls, sheltered from all impurities from the outside world. Thousands of years later, the ice is considered to hold the purest water on earth. The water has the lowest mineral content of any bottled water, resulting in a smooth and neutral taste.”

The Merchant Hotel has been home to the world’s most expensive cocktail and the world’s oldest Old Fashioned.

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Located on Waring Street in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, the creation of The Merchant Hotel saw the Iconic Ulster Bank building restored to its former glory

Gavin Carroll, general manager of The Merchant Hotel, told, said: “Just like wine, the location where water is produced will impact on its taste and flavour. Whilst experts can differentiate between the mineral content and PH balance of different types of water, discerning consumers are also increasingly demanding a wider choice of waters.

“The ethos behind the new water menu is to allow our guests to have the chance and choice to curate their own bespoke food and beverage experience. Our water butlers can help customers decide on the type water that will best complement the food and wine they choose, to enable them to experience the perfect taste journey.

“The brands featured on our new menu are some of the world’s best and have been sourced from a range of global locations including glaciers, tropical islands and mountains.

“Of course, we know these luxury waters won’t be to everyone’s taste and new menu will be offered as an additional option to our current water menu that includes local Irish brands and for those that don’t want to splash out on water, we can still offer a glass of ‘Belfast water’, free of charge.”

The Merchant Hotel is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. The hotel offers a luxury spa, a rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite and a fabulous jazz bar.

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