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A water butler looking at water.
A water butler looking at water.
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Rejoice, teetotaling aristocrats. Now you too can snobbishly enjoy a beverage that has no taste variation for the majority of the population. The Merchant Hotel in Belfast has employed two water butlers who help recommend different varieties of ridiculously expensive H2O, writes Mashable. The hotel offers a water menu — yes, really — with beverages sourced from all over the world. Prices range from $7.70, which is way too expensive for a bottle of water, to $41.15, which is simply absurd.

Gavin Carroll, general manager of the hotel, told the Belfast Telegraph that premium water is the next big thing for seasoned palates: "Just like wine, the location where water is produced will impact on its taste and flavor. 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." Sure.

The high-priced water menu joins the ever-expanding file of unnecessary luxuries for those with too much disposable income. Other examples include wine made with 22-karat gold and gold-laced caviar.

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