The word “Vichy” is commonly associated with the region and the politics of an area in France. “Vichy” has also morphed into a product category word to describe, among other things, waters that share a particular high TDS character, and a long pedigree.
The current Vichy Catalàn was originally called Puig de les Ànimes, named after the thermal spring from which the water is drawn in Caldes de Malavella. Innumerable famous personages throughout history have drunk and bathed in this famous spa.
The health-giving properties of Vichy Catalán water have come under study over its entire history. Recent investigations have shown that Vichy Catalán water has positive effects on the body in a way that was unknown up to now. In 2004, the prestigious American magazine "The Journal of Nutrition" published the study conducted by Dr. Pilar Vaquero of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute of the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Higher Council of Scientific Research) (CSIC) on the cardiovascular effects of Vichy Catalán water. The CSIC made public the results of a second study confirming that Vichy Catalán helps to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Vichy has a very distinctive taste. It is a natural sparkling mineral water which has carbonic gas added to its natural state. Connoisseurs agree that Vichy Catalan tastes best cold, as the palate seems to enjoy the sparkling character that contains plenty of sodium – approximately 1 gram per liter – and bicarbonates of more than 2 grams per liter.
Chlorides are also strong at 584 milligrams per liter; Potassium is 51 milligrams per liter; Silica is high at 77 mg/l; Sulphate level is 47 mg/l; and there are interesting trace elements, including 1.3 mg/l of Lithium. Nitrates are nil.
- Country of Origin: Spain
- Source: Caldes de Malavella
- Type: Mineral Water
- Hardness: Hard
- Orientation: Alkaline
- pH: 6.8
- TDS: 3052