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The five-star Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Ireland, has been home to the world's most expensive cocktail and now it has turned its attention to water by launching Ireland's first dedicated water menu.
This summer will see the hotel will launch its new water menu with an exclusive range of 13 bottled waters.
The handpicked selection has been curated to include some of the world's purest waters, with bottles originating from 10 countries including Italy, Iceland, Finland, the Faroe Islands and Fiji.
Prices start from £4.95 and go right up to £26.45 per bottle with a description of the water and its mineral content guiding guests through the options available.
And to keep customers right - the Merchant has also appointed two new water butlers that can help guests choose the water that is right for their palate - by explaining the unique benefits, tastes and attributes of the different brands - many of which can be rarely found in the UK and Ireland.
The Merchant Hotel's general manager Gavin Carroll 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."