You don’t tend to see many energy shots anymore. There was a time several years ago when every brand had a ‘shot’ version. As I expected though, these Spike shots have the familiar extreme bitterness that the shots of old use to provide. This berry flavoured shot was sadly masked by that aforementioned bitterness, so all you really taste is a sour burst of liquid that makes you draw your lips back over your teeth and inhale sharply.
No.17 in the Sunsoul collection, which means only No.3 to find according to their web site -which is bizarre at time of review… check it out. All black+white, moody, with three girls dressed in evening wear holding cans of Sunsoul whilst posing in some country house surroundings. It seems at odds with the 100% natural energy vibe. I was expecting fields and forests and things, oh well. Taste-wise it’s really nice – I don’t like pear flavourings at all, but I can’t taste it in this drink. It’s very fruity and perhaps the cocktail of pear with blackberry has made it palatable for me. It’s slightly lower in caffeine than most energy drinks, and is definitely not low calorie, but it’s a good drink all the same.
I had high hopes for this drink after trying the sugar free version. It’s nice tasting, but it’s just a clone. Although I’m not classing this as low calorie because it’s the full fat version in the range, it’s actually not that calorific. At about 91kcals per can, it’s lower in calories than some of the low calorie ones I’ve reviewed in the past. That’s in part to the addition of sweeteners to compensate for a lower sugar content, which is necessary to avoid the UK sugar tax. You can’t tell that’s it’s reduced sugar at all. Flavour-wise it’s mellow and sweet with no bitter aftertaste and pleasant to drink, but it’s nothing special.
I have to hand it to Aldi, their Dark Thunder range is going down well with me. This tropical flavour drink is much closer to orange in my opinion, but that’s no bad thing. It’s slightly on the sickly side after a large can has been downed, but it’s still tasty and refreshing over all.
Very nice, like a mixture of strawberry and raspberry in one large low calorie energy drink. This is the second of Aldi’s large can energy drinks that I’ve tried and it’s pretty good. So far so good!
This is the first in a bunch of reviews for Aldi’s new own brand ‘large can’ range of energy drinks. It’s not regular clone, but it is unmistakably an energy drink. It has a slightly tart and aniseed flavour to it which is pretty good to my taste buds. With a large ‘T’ on the front of the can, it’s obvious whose customers they are targeting. If given the choice, I’d go for this T over M though 🙂
This drink has two things going for it: quantity and price. I could only find it in litre bottles, and for the bargain price of 89p. It’s a definite clone, but quite mild and watered down in flavour. I didn’t get much of a kick from kicker, but it did the job I suppose!
I discovered this can sitting in a Pound Stretcher fridge all by itself, the sole remaining can in the shop so far as I could see. Design-wise, I think the can is quite attractive, with Wild West style lettering and the not-Red-Bull-bull / buffalo drawn above. It doesn’t have the same look associated with many cheap clone drinks. It is, however, a clone! The flavour is sweet and sharp, but with a hollow overtone making it feel quite watery, but it does pack an expected punch of sugar and caffeine. If when you read this their website is still working, check it out. The marketing team are clearly not native English speakers but they have done their best to sell the product! I mean, it has “magic ingredients” and “After opening up the can, you can directly feel the Energy which runs into your body!”. They even do a ‘junior’ version according to their site which is a soft drink containing L-Carnitine. I can’t condone the potential targeting of children in an energy drink brand, even if that one product is not technically an energy drink, but I’m still on the lookout for it as I’d quite like to try it personally.
Nope, that’s not a typo with a double-w. I guess the design of the can is supposed to look a bit like a battery. Not one of the premium batteries, but one of those cheap batteries you find in megavalue shops selling at £1 for a pack of 100, and that value branding does sadly reflect on the taste. It’s a clone with quite a watery taste to it, and quite a sticky and sickly aftertaste. Still, it does say “Recharge your battery” on the can, and with 40mg/100ml caffeine content it’s pretty high!