Water (from the Old English waeter; c.f German “Wasser,” from PIE *wod-or, “water”) is a tasteless, odorless and colorless substance in its pure state according to standard scientific definitions. Yes, contrary to the promoters of bottled water, pure water is scientifically tasteless. The difference that one detects in tastes of water comes from the presence of different mineral ions that the water molecules contain. However, even the “tasteless” pure water can be see to have a taste after one has become used to drinking water that has a distinctive flavor present, from the various mineral ions within it.
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