An experience… I’m glad it’s in shot form though. It’s basically a very juicy shot tasting mostly of pineapple juice, but there’s chewy bits floating around in it which make it quite weird to drink. Then, about 3 seconds after drinking it you get the hit of the chilli. It’s certainly very unique, but given its odd drinking experience and the very low caffeine content it’s not going to score too highly as energy shots go.
Well, I suppose it’s ok – but nothing special. It’s like they’ve taken the idea from an own-brand (like Asda/Tesco) and then watered it down somewhat. It tastes to me like a weak mixed berry squash. Just like the Orange and Clementine version, it has a natural source of caffeine and contains fruit juice. It’s still my personal opinion that you shouldn’t start the day with an energy drink – your normal healthy diet should come first, therefore I can’t condone the branding choice here. But… if you had to choose a First Start drink, I’d go for the Orange over this Berries one.
I’m trying to figure out what makes First Start different to other Rock Star energy drinks. It says that it derives its caffeine from natural sources (so that’ll be the guarana then, not so unusual), and that it contains 5% fruit juice. I guess it’s that last point that makes it ‘first start’, like it’s supposed to be your morning fruit juice drink possibly? Bad idea if you’re doing that in any case! Anyway, the drink has a nice sweet orange flavour to it, quite sugary tasting yet low in calories. If we ignore the odd/confusing branding choices, it’s a good old stonking sized can of energy drink.
A nice little lemon-lime energy drink. The selling point of this one is its use of natural fruit juice instead of artificial flavourings. I think it really makes a different because it’s fruity and refreshing… it’s just a shame that fruit juice isn’t low calorie!
I thought this was going to be pretty awful, but it wasn’t quite as bad as I had suspected! The pineapple flavour is subtle, as is the coconut. They’re both there and you can distinctly taste them, but there’s a cool refreshing and sweet drink to be had here. A large can makes it quite sickly, but that might be due to the high sugar content. It’s certainly worth trying once and full marks for originality.
Relentless energy drinks have had a bit of a design overhaul recently. Gone is the gothic-style line art graphics on the can, and in are loud and bold colours. With that rebranding has come the new Relentless Zero, which is effectively a renamed version of their awkwardly named Relentless Origin Ultra (maybe because it’s easier to understand a ‘zero’ drink will be low calories instead of the wholly non-descriptive ‘ultra’ moniker they used previously. The drink is the same as before so far as I can tell – slightly watery but no strange brewed taste.
A fruity and almost tropical tasting drink with zero* (read that as 4kcal/100ml) calories. It’s nice but pretty sickly even when straight out of the fridge. At the time of writing this, Rockstar Energy still haven’t acknowledged any of their Pure Zero products on their UK web site, but if you look at the international US version you can get a taste of other flavours they may be releasing under this label.
A really nice and smooth lime flavoured drink. I’m a big fan of lemon and lime energy drinks, and this one doesn’t disappoint. I can’t detect the ‘cooling’ effect that you are supposed to experience, which is where the ‘frozen’ aspect of the drink branding comes in, but it’s nice regardless.
Not just watermelon, but FROZEN watermelon. Nope, you don’t freeze the can, it’s fridge cold only, and nope there’s no obvious connection to the ice-based headache-inducing-for-all-parents film either. It’s a nice and sweet watermelon flavoured drink in a large can. Quite calorie intensive but very refreshing in warm weather. I hope I find a few other frozen-style flavours soon…