BLIND TASTING: Master sommelier Franck Moreau's reaction to Yamba tap water isn't the most encouraging.
BLIND TASTING: Master sommelier Franck Moreau's reaction to Yamba tap water isn't the most encouraging. Triple J

IT’S OFFICIAL: Yamba water enough to make you gag

IF YOU would rather buy your water in a bottle than extract it from a Yamba tap, you're not alone.

The nation's top sommelier Franck Moreau also finds it less than palatable.

Last week, Triple J radio hosts Veronica Milsom and Lewis Hobba lined up eight samples of tap water from around Australia, to be subjected to a blind taste test by Mr Moreau.

"We've been travelling a lot around this country recently and we've discovered that not all water is created equally," Lewis said.

That's when the pair decided to put a selection of destinations under the scrutiny of a highly-refined palate, and record the event in a video posted on the Veronica & Lewis Facebook page.

On appearances alone, it was the off-coloured, cloudy Adelaide sample that had Mr Moreau most worried, an observation that was founded when he swirled and sipped.

"For sure it's quite a funky sort of water," he said.

"A lot of flavour, kind of this mushroomy, dusty character of water. Maybe not my favourite."

Launceston took top honours, while Karratha water was judged to have a lot of minerals and potassium which left a "thick mouth feeling". Babinda, QLD, and New South Wales' other delegate Narrabri also got the tick of approval, but unfortunately our humble coastal town didn't make the grade.

When it came to Yamba, the last sample to be tasted, Mr Moreau's face said it all.

He spat it out straight away, gagging as he did so.

"Number 8 is kind of this dirty, dusty (taste)," he said.

We get the feeling he won't be choosing to drink our tap water again any time soon.

THE DEX encountered the murky waters of Yamba during the 2014 Yamba Triathlon Festival. See the video below:


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