As Sherpa Tenzing neared the summit of Mount Everest in 1953, I wonder if he thought to himself “you know, I could really do with an energy drink brand being named after me.”. Well, that potential thought has come true. According to the can’s blurb, this drink is inspired by the evergising brew of the Himilayan Sherpas, and brew is the definitive word here. This drink tastes like a really weak non-alcoholic beer. It’s really bitter, to the point where it’s almost undrinkable. I think it has something to do with the natural ingredients list of lemon juice, green tea/coffee and Himilayan rock salt. To counteract all of those bitter flavours you need a lot of sugar and this drink doesn’t have much of that. It does contain beet sugar, which is just a normal sugar (as opposed to cane sugar or corn syrup), but in order to keep the calorie content down they don’t seem to have used very much. That’s a shame really because at 58 calories/can it’s neither low calorie or full fat – they should have just ramped the sugar up to improve the taste.
This EQ8 flavour, I assume, is not as healthy as the Cranberry & Apple version. I say this only because it doesn’t have the “1 of your 5 a day” logo stamped on the front of it. However like the other one, it is packed full of fruit juices and doesn’t contained any added sugar. The combination of juices in this drink give it a tropical flavour, and is much sweeter than the other flavour. It has a refreshing taste to it but doesn’t give you much of a caffeine kick.
Jumping on the bandwagon of healthy drinks, EQ8 certainly has the credentials for being healthy. It contains no sugar other than that found in the medley of fruit juices it is concocted from, and the caffeine sources are guarana and green tea based too. Sadly the can gives no clue as to the actual caffeine content so I have to assume it is low. But, as energy drinks go, it does pick you up if not as forcefully as the synthetic varieties. Taste-wise, sadly it disappoints. This flavour is quite sour and could have done with added sugar to be honest!
This non-carbonated caffeinated drink tastes strange. Not in a bad way I must add, but in an unusual way. It’s very nice but I can’t easily describe the flavour – I’d say it’s slightly fruity, possible citrus of some variety. It’s very smooth and mild in taste but it’s main selling feature is weight loss. The special fibre in the drink apparently swells up once ingested to make you feel full, whilst some other magical compound starts to absorb fat. Honestly, I can’t say I felt full after it because I still managed a burger, hot dog, and fries a couple of hours later. Most importantly though, it tastes good, is low in calories, and wakes you up with a mixture of added caffeine and green tea extract.
Watervit is Boot’s own-brand range of juice mixed drinks under the ‘shapers’ banner of products which appear to be aimed at the health conscious female lunchtime buyers. Refresh & Revive is lemon and lime flavoured but in my opinion tastes like lemon-meringue flavoured Muller Crunch Corner yoghurts – it’s amazing! This is a brilliant drink with average caffeine content that I’d be happy to buy again.
We have a new contender for the worst tasting energy drink! To be fair though, it isn’t branding itself as tasting nice, but it does claim to burn 200 calories for every can you drink… really, it reckons it will help you lose weight. The can contains 12.5 calories, so I guess overall you’d be 187.5 calories down after drinking this. That’s if you can stomach it through to the end. The drink is bitter, and I’m talking about pint-of-bitter bitter, there’s something very earthy and real-ale tasting about the drink. Maybe that’s what unsweetened cranberries taste like? Anyway, it’s sold in health stores and premium supermarkets in the weight loss sections so keep your eyes out for it in case of a doughnut craving. That way you can cancel the doughnut out by drinking one of these, I’m sure that’s how it works…
There seems to be a trend at the moment for pomegranate flavoured drinks, at least I think that is the flavour as it’s the prominent ingredient in the drink in question. Consequently I’m thinking of creating a new review tag of Pussy Clone… the name may need working on to be honest. Scheckter’s drink tastes like the Pussy drink (again, careful wording) and other European drinks I’ve tasted in the past whose names I can’t remember. It’s nice as far as this category go, but not really to my taste. It’s the first organic drink reviewed on this site and has both Fairtrade and Organic Soil Association approvals – these may be the cause for the high cost per can. Drink a can of this and it’ll give you the energy to hug trees all day.
After the last SoBe Pure Rush being a bit of a disappointment, I wasn’t expecting much. I was very pleasantly surprised! It was lovely, tasting a bit like strawberries. Finally a natural(ish) energy drink which I really enjoyed. It didn’t taste of Apples, as per the name, but was sweet, smooth and fruity with a ton of caffeine and funky sounding natural ingredients.
I’m going to keep drinking these “natural” energy drinks until I find one I like. Sadly I’m still looking. This drink has the highest caffeine content per serving for a drink of this type that I’ve seen so far: 46.5mg/100ml. I believe most of this comes from the range of natural ingredients: Kola seed, ginger, yerba mate, lemon, lime, green tea, guarana, chilli, green coffee and cinamon. It has quite a quick to it and will wake you up good and proper.
As for the taste, I’d say it is an acquired one. To me, it’s like an earthy cola flavour with a very sharp citrus spike in it. Quite sickly to drink and causes a sharp inhale when you take your first sip but it is different to the other “natural” drinks which tend to have a tropical flavour. Worth a go if only for something different.