This drink is branded at the super-premium end of the spectrum. It has a matt-black can design and is pretending it’s some sort of carbon-neutral domestic energy supplier with its “clean energy” tag line. The clean part is actually referring to the natural sources of caffeine and the vegan/non-GMO ingredient list. Taste-wise it’s quite bitter, which was surprising seeing as drinks containing strawberry are usually quite sweet.
This tastes great, but it is quite sickly after a while. It’s part of Rockstar’s new ‘twister’ range, for which I have only found two products (see Wacked Red Berry). At the time of writing, the rockstarenergy.co.uk web site appears to be down, so I can’t be certain as to the full intention for the ‘twister’ range of flavours, but I’d guess they are a response to the UK sugar tax. At 4.7g of sugar per 100ml, this drink falls in just short of the 5g limit for the tax to apply and consequently provides 23 calories/100ml too. That’s not low in calories by any means for a soft drink, but it’s in the right direction and certainly a lot lower than the older full-fat Rockstar blends.
I have just noticed that Sunsoul appear to be numbering their flavours. This particular one is No. 8. Taking a look at their website, the Kaffir Lime and Lemon has been replaced by No. 22 ‘Sicilian Lemon and Lime’ instead… but I’ve not discovered that or No. 17 and No. 3 yet. Ill keep my eyes peeled. It’s a nice drink – the raspberry being the dominant flavour but if you are faced with the choice I’d go for the lemon and lime one.
Out of the 4 flavours of Muscle Moose’s Moose Juice currently available at time of writing, this is my favourite. Blue raspberry always reminds me of my walks to/from school as a child because of the range of 1990s confectionary available in that flavour: jellies, soft drinks, ice pops… good memories! This drink is low in calories and designed for the gym goer – it includes BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) which are a common supplement taken by body builders to supposedly aid the absorbtion of protein into the body post-workout. I only use the term supposedly because I don’t wish to make any claims for or against the supplement, I shall leave you to do your own research on that! I suppose as it’s in there, it does mean that if you have a can of this after your workout, then your post-workout protein shakes wouldn’t need the BCAAs either, but combining energy drinks with protein shakes is a bit unsettling on the stomach in my opinion so I couldn’t recommend it. If we forget the gym setting for a moment, it’s a nice standalone drink, but considerably more expensive than alternatives due to its branding.
Shots are normally bitter and hang around on your tastebuds nastily for a while, but this one was surprisingly better than usual. It is sweet (although you can detect the harsh undertones of a traditional energy shot) and fruity, and woke me up pretty quickly. That’ll be the caffeine at work there, because this shot is sugar-free.
Purchased in a 7Eleven mini-supermarket in Gothenburg, I had to Google Translate the flavor: Hallon means Raspberry. It tasted a bit like the Monster ‘Tea’-based energy drinks, which is to say, not that nice! It’s not fizzy, and quite watery tasting, but it does pack one ‘eck of a caffeine punch and is sugar free. It also includes BCAAs, which once again Google tells me is a protein supplement often associated with a weight-lifter’s post workout diet. It scores top marks for originality, but fails the taste test. Note: NOCCO = No Carbs Company.
Once again, the word ‘supersour’ is being mis-used. Yes, it’s a really nice drink which tastes like you’ve chewed a whole packet of fruit pastilles, but it’s most definitely not super sour. It’s a bit sour.
This drink reminds me of holidays in Ireland. Pink lemonade is everywhere there, and this particular variant is really nice and refreshing. Drink it as cold as possible though – even slightly warm and it starts to get sickly.
Another can from Americandy imported from the US. Described on the can as “Charged with Raspberry Citrus Flavor and Ginseng” it is certainly unusual. Apparently it was created as the result of a national vote and it is definitely an unusual flavour. It’s very refreshing as per Mountain Dew original but with an obvious raspberry flavour. Lower in caffeine that a normal energy drink, but with enough to count! If only they sold this in the UK… (hint, hint Pepsico). Unlike original Mountain Dew, this drink is blue in colour which should give a clear indication that it won’t taste the same, but of course that means it contains Mountain Dew’s trademark food colouring ingredients!