Every year, Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes waters from across the country and around the Globe. We chose to enter in 2012 and the public and the judges awarded Palomar Mountain Spring Water as one of the best bottled waters in the World.

Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water Captures Prestigious International Bottled Water Award


February 28, 2012; For Immediate Release

In what is billed as the “Academy Awards of Water,” Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water captured a coveted award as one of the best bottled waters in the world at the 22nd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting held in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia on February 25, 2012. The competition featured water from across the country and around the globe.

Palomar tied for fifth place in the highly competitive bottled water category, vying against waters from Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand as well as several U.S. companies. A total of 30 bottled waters were tasted and rated by 11 media judges while more than 150 spectators watched.

In addition to bottled water, categories included sparkling water, purified water and tap water. Judges were instructed to look, sniff and taste each water under guidelines similar to those in a wine tasting. The waters were rated for such attributes as appearance, clean taste, light mouth feel and aftertaste; i.e., leaving the drinker thirsty for more. Waters were tasted in four separate flights over two days.

Palomar owner Eric de Jong states, “We are proud and excited to win this international award, which validates what our customers have long known: that our premium spring water is ‘purely’ the best! None of the five ‘best tasting tap waters’ were located in San Diego County, making accessibility to healthful, pure and natural bottled water very important. We are pleased to contribute to the quality of life in the area.”

Established in 1985, Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water is sourced from free-flowing springs located atop Palomar Mountain; high above the smog level and untainted by man-made extraction equipment, contaminants or additives. The naturally balanced and deliciously refreshing water is delivered to homes and businesses throughout the region and available in individual bottles in fine restaurants. For a complete list of award winners, visit