Everyone has different taste buds, so whereas some people have reported the flavour of softened water to taste “pure and clean, just the way water should taste”, other people have described the flavour as “slightly metallic” and we have even heard it described as “like boiled water gone cold;- Flat”. Equally, many people cannot distinguish between the taste of softened water and that of hard water.
But there is a difference worth noting. If you sip a glass of softened water and roll the water around your mouth and over your tongue, the water will feel very smooth. If you then sip hard water, and roll that water around your mouth and over your tongue, many have reported a “fuller texture”. This heavier feeling in the mouth is in fact the dissolved limestone, or rock calcium.
Softened water makes a wonderful cup of tea, leaving no scum marks around the top of the cup or floating on the surface. Cooking with softened water will leave vegetables brighter and fresher tasting as no chalk residue cooks into the food. Making cordials with softened water will mean using less syrup as the flavour will be purer and fresher too, without needing to mask the chalky flavour and texture of hard water.