Reign: Orange Dreamsicle

October 9th, 2021

Wow, this is something very different. It’s sweet, a bit sickly, but so smooth in terms of its flavour. I’ve never tried an orange drink quite like it and it’s great! I’m typing this whilst drinking the can and I’m genuinely struggling for words to describe the taste – it’s more-ish, not too fizzy, and just generally a great drink. Not forgetting that it’s low in calories too. And… it contains a lot of caffeine so be careful. Easy to drink and high in caffeine can be a dangerous combination so be careful!

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Caffeine: 40mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 3kCal/100ml
Size: 500ml
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Lucozade Alert Tropical Burst

October 2nd, 2021

I had high hopes for this drink – a new premium brand energy drink for the first time in a while. Sadly though, whilst it was ok to drink, it wasn’t anything special at all. It was basically the same as any other bargain shop can of tropical flavoured energy drink, only at premium prices. Flavour-wise it was strong and artificial, and quite sickly after a while. Like the cherry flavour, this would have benefited from being sold as a smaller 250ml can.

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Caffeine: 32mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 17kCal/100ml
Size: 500ml
Sold By: Premier Stores UK
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Lucozade Alert Cherry Blast

September 25th, 2021

It’s Lucozade Cherry in a can! Ok, so it’s also a much stronger flavour than you’d get from regular Lucozade – less watered down, but the base flavour is the same. It’s nice, not that refreshing especially in a large 500ml can. In my opinion, this would actually have been improved by being sold as a 250ml portion instead, but I guess marketing wins. Despite the brand though, and this tasting rather nice, it’s not as premium as the can suggests. The flavour is very similar to the many smaller lesser-known brands that seem to produce one-off runs for the various budget/pound shops.

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(3.2/5)
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Caffeine: 32mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 17kCal/100ml
Size: 500ml
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USN Power Punch Berry

August 21st, 2021

A bit of a disappointment really. It was a very generic ‘berry’ flavour, but I’d say it was predominantly blackcurrant. Low in calories but due to the large can size you got quite a caffeine hit. Quite sickly to drink the final third of the can though!

 

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Caffeine: 32mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 7kCal/100ml
Size: 330ml
Sold By: B&M
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Emerge Impact Sugar Free

August 14th, 2021

Whereas the original flavour of Emerge Impact can be classed as an original drink in its own right when compared to its Emerge Dual predecessor, this sugar free version does not deserve the same crown. Yes, it is sugar-free, but it contains 3 calories/100ml (yes, a respectable effort) whereas the full fat version contains 9 calories/100ml. Unless you are actively avoiding sugar specifically, there’s very little reason to get the sugar-free variety. Taste-wise it’s slightly less flavourful, perhaps even tasting slightly watered down compared to the original version. Regular readers of this site will know that usually I prefer the sugar-free versions of drinks, however in this instance the combination of less sugar plus sweeteners in the original version have made it the better choice if you’re after flavour.

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Caffeine: 30mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 3kCal/100ml
Size: 250ml
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Emerge Impact

August 7th, 2021

This is at first site a rebranded version of Emerge Dual, which itself was a re-brand of Emerge. In fact, they haven’t even updated the blurb on the back of the can which still states that “Emerge Dual is a great tasting energy drink…”. That may be true, but this isn’t Emerge Dual. In fact, look a little more closely at the nutritional information and you’ll see that it contains 9 calories/100ml. That’s very low, and I assume that the drink has been reformulated in order to avoid the UK sugar tax and keep its price low. Honestly, it tastes just as sweet as I remember it and you would be hard pressed to tell that it is effectively a lower calorie drink.

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Caffeine: 30mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 9kCal/100ml
Size: 250ml
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Coca-Cola Energy Cherry

July 31st, 2021

It’s Cherry Coke with a kick! Much nicer than normal coke in my opinion because the fruity cherry flavour makes the classic coke taste a lot lighter. Full of calories and caffeine, this drink is a great sugary summer beverage. If they did a sugar-free version it’d be even better!

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Caffeine: 32mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 42kCal/100ml
Size: 250ml
Sold By: Premier Stores UK
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Monster HydroSport Superfuel Charge

July 24th, 2021

This is the sister flavour to ‘Hang Time’ which I stumbled across whilst at the Post Office / Bargain Booze dropping a parcel off. It was sitting all alone on the shelf so I just had to put it out of its misery. It’s a non-carbonated, quite large bottle of energy drink with no real description as to what the flavour might be. The only clue I could see was the orange coloured text on the bottle. Like the Hang Time version of the drink, the flavour is difficult to identify, but I’m pretty certain that there’s orange in there somewhere, possibly mixed with some other similar citrus fruits. It’s pretty nice and tangy with a large caffeine kick purely due to the volume of liquid.

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Caffeine: 30.5mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 2kCal/100ml
Size: 650ml
Sold By: Bargain Booze
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Exstase: Apple

July 10th, 2021

Meh. Well, what can you expect for 25p? It’s slightly bitter and a bit sickly, like cheap apple squash really.

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Caffeine: 32mg/100ml Tags:
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Calories: 48kCal/100ml
Size: 250ml
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