A bit sweet, a bit bitter, but nice overall. Certainly it’s a lot better than the Xyber Original flavour. I think this is the only cherry and raspberry drink I’ve ever tried so in that respect it scores high on the originality scale.
This is your basic clone drink… slightly sour and not the most refreshing of flavours, but it does the job.
How on Earth do you pronounce Xyber? Ex-eye-ber? Zyber? Cyber? Who knows… despite it being ‘orange’ in the name, it’s much more of a tropical drink. Quite refreshing, easy to drink, but quite furry on your teeth by the time you’ve finished it! There was an empty space on the shelf next to this one for another Xyber flavour and if I can track that one down it will be interesting – berries I think…
I know that Rockstar original has been out for a very long time, but somehow I’ve managed to avoid the sugar-free version of it. Rockstar is a great flavoured drink generally, and whilst I’ve categorised this as a clone it really does have its own distinct flavour. I’d definitely try this again… oh, and it’s very high in caffeine so watch out.
Wow, this is something very different. It’s sweet, a bit sickly, but so smooth in terms of its flavour. I’ve never tried an orange drink quite like it and it’s great! I’m typing this whilst drinking the can and I’m genuinely struggling for words to describe the taste – it’s more-ish, not too fizzy, and just generally a great drink. Not forgetting that it’s low in calories too. And… it contains a lot of caffeine so be careful. Easy to drink and high in caffeine can be a dangerous combination so be careful!
I had high hopes for this drink – a new premium brand energy drink for the first time in a while. Sadly though, whilst it was ok to drink, it wasn’t anything special at all. It was basically the same as any other bargain shop can of tropical flavoured energy drink, only at premium prices. Flavour-wise it was strong and artificial, and quite sickly after a while. Like the cherry flavour, this would have benefited from being sold as a smaller 250ml can.
It’s Lucozade Cherry in a can! Ok, so it’s also a much stronger flavour than you’d get from regular Lucozade – less watered down, but the base flavour is the same. It’s nice, not that refreshing especially in a large 500ml can. In my opinion, this would actually have been improved by being sold as a 250ml portion instead, but I guess marketing wins. Despite the brand though, and this tasting rather nice, it’s not as premium as the can suggests. The flavour is very similar to the many smaller lesser-known brands that seem to produce one-off runs for the various budget/pound shops.
A bit of a disappointment really. It was a very generic ‘berry’ flavour, but I’d say it was predominantly blackcurrant. Low in calories but due to the large can size you got quite a caffeine hit. Quite sickly to drink the final third of the can though!
Whereas the original flavour of Emerge Impact can be classed as an original drink in its own right when compared to its Emerge Dual predecessor, this sugar free version does not deserve the same crown. Yes, it is sugar-free, but it contains 3 calories/100ml (yes, a respectable effort) whereas the full fat version contains 9 calories/100ml. Unless you are actively avoiding sugar specifically, there’s very little reason to get the sugar-free variety. Taste-wise it’s slightly less flavourful, perhaps even tasting slightly watered down compared to the original version. Regular readers of this site will know that usually I prefer the sugar-free versions of drinks, however in this instance the combination of less sugar plus sweeteners in the original version have made it the better choice if you’re after flavour.