This is certainly different. It has a fruity and sweet flavour, nothing like that of Red Bull at all but it does have the medicated tang that you’d expect from say one of the Thai drinks such as Lipovitan, only in a longer carbonated form. Despite finding this in a regular British supermarket, on reading the label my suspicions are confirmed. This is indeed a Thai energy drink (but a British import). It’s nice, it’s different, but it was expensive. Worth a try as a one-off for a taste from the homeland of energy drinks!
Calpol for grown-ups! I *think* this is strawberry flavoured, but the label on the bottle is completely in Thai so I’ve no idea. I say completely in Thai – it does have the phrase “Devotion, Courage, Sacrifice” in English, but that doesn’t help much. It’s proper lush, sweet, sticky and moreish. It also gives you a decent buzz too but mostly from sugar – I can tell it’s lacking in caffeine because I was still craving caffeine after drinking this. Oh, and I got quite a sugar-crash.
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This is the original Red Bull. I won’t dish out a history lesson here, so check out the wiki page for that. I’ll just tell you that it’s a non-carbonated syrupy tasting version of Red Bull. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoy Red Bull, but the actual kick you get from this drink is amazing and unrivalled. I’m not sure what they put in this exactly, but a small bottle was enough to send me flying for quite a number of hours. It’s been going for a long time, and was inspired itself by Lipovitan. You can get hold of it across Asia, or in Asian supermarkets here in the UK. To all energy drink connoisseurs, make the effort to try this one!
The grand-daddy of energy drinks! Lipovitan can apparently lay claim to being the inspiration behind a Thai drink known as Krating Daeng, which in turn is the predecessor of a little known drink called Red Bull. Lipovitan is bright yellow in colour and sold in a small 100ml brown medicine bottle. It tastes very synthetic, almost like the grape flavoured energy drinks popular in the US. It’s non-carbonated, and although high in caffeine per 100ml, it’s overall caffeine content per bottle is about half that of a standard can of Red Bull. It’s unique and works. If you can get hold of this, you have to try it!