Given the specific mandarin declaration I was expecting something a little sweeter than your average bitter shot, but sadly that wasn’t the case. It’s not bad for a shot but it’s still on the bitter side.
I discovered this at an import store in Glasgow. There were a number of flavours available but I didn’t have the room to carry all of them so plucked for this number. It’s ok, but very sugary – the flavour was bitter but interesting and I’d love to give the other flavours a go if I stumble into them again.
It’s sugar free! That’s the best bit to start with. It’s flavoured with Acai Berry, and that’s a difficult flavour to pin down in terms of a description but I’ll try. To me it tasted like mixed berries (raspberries, blackcurrants) with a slight bitterness and tang added in similar to what you’d get from a tropical drink. Because this was an American drink, it was in a larger can than we’d expect in the UK, but I liked this drink overall and I hope that Red Bull start bringing their new editions over here.
You can definitely tell that this is a premium lime flavoured drink – it lacks the ‘lime cordial’ taste of most of the other cheaper brands. Sadly, I didn’t find this very refreshing though which is a real shame. I could also only find this in Spanish, so I’m not sure if there’s an English language label out there either, but whatever the case it’s a member of the Red Bull family now.
Containing half the caffeine of regular Rockstar Energy drinks, this organic version is like a tropical drink but leaning towards lime quite a bit. It’s really good even if you’re not fussed about the whole organic certified labelling.
Mutant is made by Monster (as you can tell by the give-away M logo on the bottle. It appears to be a rival to Mountain Dew, and taste-wise it has a nice smooth and refreshing fruity tang to it in a very similar way. However it’s much stronger in terms of caffeine!
This drink is dangerous! Pay careful attention to the caffeine content labelled on the can and the associated warning text. A regular can of Red Bull contains 32mg of caffeine per 100ml of drink, Spike contains more than three times that amount making this a very potent cocktail. Ok, so it genuinely has zero calories, but there is a warning on the can advising you to drink just half a can in order to assess your tolerance to it. It *will* wake you up, and in my case give you a headache which is unusual for me! I followed the instructions, consuming half a can first, waiting about 8 hours before having the rest and I’d suggest anyone else trying this drink also be cautious. It does taste pretty good though – it’s a smooth mixed berry flavour from what I can tell and it’s balanced about right.
Apparently this is one of the longest running brands of soft drink in the USA. It tastes like a slightly fruity cream soda, and it’s bright red in colour. At 38mg per can of caffeine it’s not that potent (about the same as Mountain Dew). I’m not sure if the original recipe had caffeine in, but it sure does now and it tastes goooood.
Given the brand of this energy drink, does anyone really care what it tastes like?? Well, I guess if you’re not just buying it for a souvenir can then you may wish to know… it tastes like orange Lucozade. That’s all! It’s obviously a lot higher in caffeine but lower in sugar than Lucozade, but the flavour is near identical. If Barney drank this he wouldn’t speak so slowly.