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OUR WATER

Our Colorado Rocky Mountain artesian spring water is safe and delicious to drink right from the ground. 

 

We do nothing to alter the pure, fresh water flowing from our spring other than filter out large particulates.

 

There is minimal contact with pollutants in the air and ground due to the spring's remote source. The water is untouched by municipal water supplies. We respect the natural balance and don't adjust the pH or include additives such as Chlorine or Fluoride. 

The only water used to make our spirits is collected

from our natural spring located at

 9,000ft.

 

in elevation from

Colorado's Buckhorn Canyon

surrounded by  

160,000 

acres of National Forest.

 

 

SPRING44 Water Analysis

PHYSICAL ANALYSIS

  • ​pH 6.2

  • Total dissolved solids (ppm) 42

  • Hardness (mg/L) 27

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

Anions 

Fluoride

Chloride

Nitrite

Nitrate

Sulfate

Cations

Sodium

Potassium

Magnesium

Calcium

Metals

Iron (ferric)

Iron (total)

Manganese

Copper

Zinc

FINE WATERS SCALE

Source: 

Virginality:

Region:

Minerality:

Orientation:

Hardness:

uM

0.2

0.9

0.0

0.6

21

217

35

95

176

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

ppm

0.2

2.4

0.0

0.1

10

6.7

2.9

3.8

12.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

ARTESIAN SPRING

SUPERIOR

COLORADO

SUPER LOW

SLIGHTLY ACIDIC

SOFT

INDEPENDENT WATER ANALYSIS

Stevens Ecology uses procedures established by EPA, AOAC, APHA, AWWA and WPCE. Nitrate and Nitrite are reported as ppm (mg/kg) N, as per EPA usage. Where the concentration of an analyte is listed as "0" (zero) it is below the detection limit of the analytical method. Trace quantities below this limit may be present. 

ppm = milligrams per kilogram

uM = micromoles per liter

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Why is the water so important?

An 80 proof bottle of spirits is 60 percent water. Proper pH, minerality, and total dissolved solids (TDS) combine to create the taste and character of water. Waters with low TDS have virtually no taste and consumers describe it as clean, airy, and potentially with a hint of sweetness. In our water the slight acidity marries well with the heat of spirits. The right balance of minerals provides character without clouding the water, which is undesirable in spirits. 

White Flakes in your bottle?

You're watching science in action. Our natural spring water is very high in minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. We do nothing to alter the pure, fresh water flowing from our spring other than filter out large particulates. We respect the natural balance and don't adjust the pH or include additives such as Chlorine or Fluoride.

Changes in temperature can cause the calcium minerals to separate from the water, bond together and turn into a solid form. The minerals stay in their solid form and may appear as white pieces or flakes floating in the bottle. Simply shake and get your extra calcium boost.

How do we get the water to the distillery?

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This is Tinkerbell.

She works hard getting us

up to the spring to collect the water and getting it back down to the distillery. We never stop producing our spirits - so Tinkerbell is working all year.

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