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  • We got all this water, but... "water" we gotta do with it?

  • Let's talk about that.

  • ♪ (theme music) ♪

  • - Goooood Mythical Morning! - The water business is a

  • multi-billion-dollar business. People spend a lot of their cash on water that

  • they think tastes a very particular way that they like.

  • - Yeah, people have their favorites. - Yeah.

  • It's ironic that it's something that you can just reach over and --psh!--

  • - get out of the tap. - Psh!-- It usually makes that noise.

  • As we have previously established in another conversation on this show, the

  • best thing for your wallet and for the environment is just to get a reusable

  • water bottle and filter water from the tap and enjoy that. But is it better for your

  • taste buds? That's the question that we're going to experiment with today.

  • And we're also exploring-- there's not just one brand, there's multiple brands.

  • In addition to just the regular tap water, you can go to the grocery store and pick

  • - from a multitude of brands. - Of which we have a lot of them today.

  • - Yeah, we have a lot of those. - And we are gonna conduct this experiment

  • where we taste them and then see if we can identify them without being told what

  • they are, of course. Because if the told us what they were, I would easily be able

  • to identify... I would just regurgitate what you just told me.

  • Yeah. So this is a game: Who's a better water taster?

  • - This is what we have: We have Smartwater. - We've got Dasani.

  • - We've got Evian. - Fiji.

  • Good old tap water straight out of the Los Angeles tap.

  • Here's a curveball. We've got Black Water. It's not from a river in Alabama;

  • it's actually a brand that has fulvic powder in it, whatever that is.

  • - We're gonna taste it. - It is actually black.

  • - Yes. - And finally, we have pond water straight

  • out of Echo Park Lake which I think is just a pond here in Los Angeles.

  • - (Rhett) Yum! - We're gonna drink this.

  • - You ready to go? - Yeah. It's time to play...

  • (in unison) Water We Tasting? (water splashes over soothing music)

  • As you can see, we have on the dual-action water-tasting apparatus.

  • - You've seen this before, right? (laughs) - Link, in order to talk to me, you have

  • - to turn in. - Oh, yeah...

  • - Hello. - There's a turnable feature.

  • And if you wanna move your head forward, I gotta move my head back.

  • - Oh yeah. - If I wanna move my head forward...

  • - I don't anticipate this being needed. - It's like two... It's like we're...

  • - And if a beat comes in... - It's like we're two construction workers

  • that have been talked into doing some sort of SCUBA trust exercise.

  • Okay, so the way this is gonna work is we're gonna call for a water.

  • (slurs) Algsh is... Alex. (laughs) His name is Alex-- is gonna bring it in.

  • - Alex? Where are you? - And he's gonna pour some of the water.

  • He's gonna show it to you, so you know what it is. We don't know what it is.

  • He pours it in there, and then we control the delivery of the water with our own

  • - personal valves. - And then we use our little voters to

  • vote on what we think it is. All right, I think I'm ready for Round One.

  • Whatever he puts in there, we gotta drink as a team, and drink all of it.

  • Yeah, but there's no backwash. Scientifically it's impossible.

  • All right, Alex. Come on in.

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round One!

  • - Oh, it's a nice sound. - I hear it glugging out.

  • And then we're gonna undo our valves at the same time and just take a little

  • - drinky-drink. - Here we go. Three, two, one!

  • (gulps) Mm!

  • - Oh. - I didn't get any water!

  • - (laughs) I think I got it all. - You got all the water!

  • - Alex, we need more water. - Are you serious?

  • - I literally got none. You glugged-- - I gotcha!

  • - (Link) all the water! - There's still some in there.

  • Hold on, I need to taste it, though.

  • (Link) Here, all right. (slurps)

  • (gulps) Mm. Mmhm.

  • All right, that was refreshing but not too refreshing.

  • (gasps) I'm still drinking over here. What is going on?

  • Oh, you're still drinking it?

  • - The water weight is heavy on my side. - It's got a soft feel to it, but it's not

  • anything too special. What's happening up there? It's glugging.

  • - Is that you doing that? - Just trying to finish up, bruh. (laughs)

  • I wanted to have a little-- oh! It just twinkled on me.

  • Twinkled. Man... there's nothing wrong with that water at all.

  • - Mm-mm. - You know?

  • I don't know. I kinda feel like this could be straight out of an artesian well in no

  • - other than Fiji. - No, see, I feel like this is tap water

  • that has been treated and then put back in a bottle, which I know is what they do

  • with Dasani. It's basically purified tap water.

  • I'm actually thinking that this is purified tap water too, but I think it's

  • Smartwater because it's got a soft mouth feel and I think that Smartwater is softer.

  • - Okay. - So I'm going with Smartwater for my

  • - number 1 and let's drain this puppy. - (laughs) Drain this puppy...

  • - Let's make sure it's all gone. - Mine's all gone.

  • - Okay. - Bring in the next water!

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round Two!

  • (Rhett) Okay, dump her in there, Alex.

  • - (crew laughs) - Okay. Wow, that one was quick.

  • - All right, so let's count down. - We should sell this at

  • - RhettandLink.com/store. - Three, two, one.

  • (spits and coughs)

  • - What happened? - (coughs and laughs) There's a lotta

  • - pressure on my side. - (Link) Oh really?

  • (coughs and laughs) It went directly into my throat. There was no tasting involved.

  • Can you continue or should I go on without you?

  • - I'm gonna be coughing for a while! - (both laugh)

  • - That did not taste bad or good. - Oh, I know what this is. Aw yeah.

  • - Every day of the week. - I'm definitely thinking this is put your

  • - mouth under the tap and just turn it on. - Mmhm.

  • Definitely tap water!

  • - Oh, we're agreeing with this? - Yeah, yeah. I don't know if it's because

  • I coughed something up from lunch or something, but...

  • - (laughs) - (clears throat and coughs)

  • Yes, I'm going with tap water. We are agreeing on that one. We were

  • both thinking that.

  • Let's move on to Round Three!

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round Three!

  • (Rhett) Let 'er rip, Alex!

  • (Link) You should've said "Let it uncap." 'Cause it's not like a bag of chips.

  • - It could be. - You don't rip anything to open water,

  • - do you? - Why don't you open this one first so

  • - I don't get suffocated? - All right, here we go. Three, two...

  • (gulps)

  • Hm! (smacks lips)

  • It's got a "flowed down through snow in the Alps" kind of a feel to it.

  • I feel like this water has never come in contact with a human. Which, incidentally,

  • that's what it says on the back of the Fiji bottle. Natural pressure forces the

  • water towards a sealed delivery system directly into the bottle, free from human

  • - contact. - Now, something about...

  • - I don't taste any people in this at all. - No, there's that elevation in this

  • taste. This is from up high, not from down below.

  • - No. - This is like fifteen years through

  • - a glacier. - This never saw humans.

  • Glacier sand. I taste glacier sand. I'm going with Evian.

  • - You're going with Fuji-- Fiji. - Fuji.

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round Four!

  • (Rhett) Let it go and make it flow.

  • (Link) Glubba-glubba-glubba-glubba!

  • Oh, there's a lot happenin' up there.

  • - All right? - Ready? Three, two, one.

  • - Mm! - It tastes like nothing.

  • Mm! (smacks lips) Tastes like clouds.

  • Hold on, which is the one that's supposed to be like a cloud?

  • - Evian in the Alps. - Yeah, no, Evian's not the cloud.

  • - Smartwater's the cloud. - Oh, is it?

  • - (Rhett) Yeah. - (Link) Smartwater's the cloud?

  • (Rhett) Yeah. They're the ones that do the vapor distillation. I can taste vapor

  • - distillation in this one. - You taste electrolytes?

  • Hm. You don't taste electrolyltes, you feel. Lemme see if I feel 'em.

  • Now, I have never tasted this Black Water, but I definitely taste a pH of eight,

  • which is what they say theirs is. So I'm gonna go out on a limb and I'm gonna say

  • this is Black Water. Okay, bring it on, Alex!

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round Five!

  • (Rhett) You pour it, we'll endure it.

  • - Alex, you're a good pourer. - Yeah, man.

  • - I can just tell by listening. - (Alex) Thank you.

  • You ever work at a restaurant?

  • - That one sounded thick. - (crew laughs)

  • - (Rhett) It sounded thick? - Like you poured something thick.

  • - Like syrup or something. (laughs) - Well, here we go.

  • - All right, here we go! - Three, two, one.

  • (gulps)

  • Mm! Mm! (with mouth full) I don't wanna swallow!

  • Oh. (smacks lips)

  • Ugh. Tastes like goose poop and paddleboarders.

  • - (crew laughs) - Eugh. I-- listen, if somebody's selling

  • - this, they need to stop immediately. - (laughs) Oh my gosh.

  • - But here's the problem, Neal. - (Link) We gotta drink the rest of it.

  • - We gotta finish this. - (Link laughs)

  • All right, go ahead. I'm gonna... I'm gettin' it! I'm drinkin'!

  • - I'm drinkin' a lot! (laughs) - (laughs) Woo!

  • Here, I'll drink a little bit more so you don't have to drink it all.

  • (groans) Gah!

  • - Woo! How much pond did you get? - A lot, man! A whole lot.

  • - (crew laughs) - (Link) Can you drink that for me?

  • - (Link) It's obviously pond water. - (water trickles)

  • (Link laughs) Oh, you went on yourself! You wet yourself!

  • - That's not my water, man! - (Link) All right.

  • That's my drinking buddy's water. (laughs)

  • (laughs) I think we pretty much-- that's obvious.

  • - Oh, man. Mm! - So the collective water beverage

  • industry is breathing a collective sigh of relief right now,

  • - Yeah, yeah. - that that was obviously

  • - goose poop water. - You can add to all your taglines:

  • - Never mistaken for pond water. - (laughs) Let's move on,

  • now that I know that's done.

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round Six!

  • (Rhett) All right, Alex, you dispense it, we won't... take offense at it.

  • (Link) You pour it, we're sure... drink it.

  • - (both laugh) - Now, I will point out before we taste

  • this, Link, that the last two waters that you have to choose from and the last two

  • waters I have to choose from are totally different, so there's

  • - definitely a winner here. - Okay. Three, two, mm.

  • (slurps) Mm!

  • - (gargles and laughs) - They're really all starting to

  • - blend together at this point. - I tried to gargle but I can't because

  • we're attached. Hey, we need to gargle together. Get a little bit in there.

  • - Why? - 'Cause if I lean back, you gotta lean

  • - back, 'cause of the apparatus. - (slurps) Oh.

  • (both gargle)

  • - Hm. That didn't help. - Definitely not mouthwash.

  • There's nothing special about this one. I'm gonna say this one is the vending

  • - machine staple "Dasanye." - (Rhett and crew laugh)

  • - Dasan-yi. Dasani. Dasani. - And I'm basically saying the same thing

  • with a different brand. I'm gonna say this is Evian.

  • - (Link) Dasani. - (Rhett) Um, wow. That pretty much

  • leaves-- You're in Fiji Town and I'm in Black Water Town.

  • All right, bring it on!

  • (in unison over water splashing) Round Seven!

  • (Rhett) You gush it, we'll crush it. (laughs)

  • - (Link) Or we'll just drink it. - Yeah.

  • - This better taste like Black Water. - All right. I got Fiji here, but then

  • we'll have an opportunity to switch 'em around before our final answer.

  • Oh, I just... whew! I just burped up a pond.

  • Okay, three, two, mm.

  • - Mm! - Yeah, I taste a pH of eight.

  • (smacks lips) I think this could be Fiji. That's my only option left. I obviously

  • have to vote for Fiji, so I'm gonna do that. All right, so go ahead and vote

  • for Black, you have to, and then let's go ahead and regroup.

  • - I don't think I can reach it. - I'll do that for you.

  • Wow. Yeah, there's nothing real special about that water. It didn't taste like it

  • - had anything weird in it. - I don't really know that I wanna change

  • - anything. Do you wanna change anything? - I'm going to say... Nope, now I'm

  • - playing a psychological game. - Is this my Smartwater?

  • I was gonna change my first one too, 'cause it was so smooth. I was gonna say

  • maybe it was the Black Water, but I don't think that they would've done the

  • - Black Water first. - I'm putting my Smartwater here, which

  • - means my Dasani... - Oh, you wanna match me now?

  • - (Link) Yeah, so now we agree on Dasani. - I really, really want to make Round One

  • - the Black Water. - Oh, just to get--

  • - I am compelled to do that. - Okay, here you go.

  • But I don't-- I didn't say I was going to!

  • - Final answer. - I don't feel like they would've done

  • Black Water first. I'm not touching mine. I'm confident.

  • - Okay, so, Rhett you start with that one. - Round One...

  • - We both said it was Dasani. - Round One was... Black Water!

  • - I knew I should've changed it! - Oh, you should've changed it

  • - right off of the bat! - Dang! 'Cause it was so soft and so

  • different, but I was like, they wouldn't... Dangit!

  • All right, so we both missed that one, and then I know I missed this one.

  • For the second one, we both said it was tap water, and we are both correct.

  • - Really, wow! Dang! - For the third one, you said Fiji,

  • - I said Evian... This is Smartwater. - Both wrong.

  • Both got that wrong. It's like shootin' in the dark.

  • - We both got this wrong too. - We both got this wrong for that reason.

  • - This is Fiji Water. - Oh, man. That better be pond water.

  • - (crew laughs) - (burps) Excuse me.

  • Pond water. Yup, absolutely. We're really good at tasting that stuff there.

  • And then this one here is Dasani. Oh, I would've had it right if I wouldn't

  • - have changed it! - And then if I had changed it,

  • - I would've had it right! - Dangit. And then-- so we got--

  • - This is Evian. - We guessed tap and pond correctly.

  • - (crew laughs) - Which, you know, where we're from,

  • - that's just about right. - So basically, what we learned is that

  • our taste buds-- I really couldn't tell much of a difference between these,

  • especially drinking them all back to back with this thing on my head. I'm just gonna

  • stick with the reusable, refillable, washable bottle with the trusty