It says 5 hours on the bottle, but this beauty got me through a 6 hour drive along the M4 on a busy bank holiday Friday evening. As you’d expect from a shot, it’s more about the instant caffeine hit whilst minimising bladder impact than the flavour which makes it a perfect driving companion.
I discovered this is a convenience store in New York, flossing over it originally when seeing The Summer Edition thinking I’d already tried it… then I noticed it was Coconut Berry not Lime. Weird combo, but it works! They’ve left the coconut subtle and the berry compliments it nicely, very refreshing indeed and like no drink I’ve tried before.
Pomegranate flavoured drinks are alway approached with apprehension by me. I usually find them too bitter and especially in shot form. I was pleasantly surprised that this one wasn’t too bitter! Don’t get me wrong, is was still bitter, but nowhere near as strong as I’d imagined.
Full marks for originality, but sadly this drink was one of only three from memory that I couldn’t finish. It was very bitter and tasted pretty nasty to me, I had about half the bottle before I gagged. Maybe I was in the wrong mood for it, but I had to chuck the rest away. If I ever come across the original (or any other variant) I’d give them a go out of curiosity.
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.
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.
This drink has a real premium feel to it. It’s presented in a tall metal canister-style bottle, almost like a thermal flask. Flavour-wise there’s nothing I can think of to compare it to. It’s lightly carbonated and very smooth and sweet, yet not really flavoured at all. It’s slightly more caffeinated than Red Bull, but other than that it’s near identical in its statistics. There’s also a sugar free version available but due to airline luggage weight restrictions I had to be more selective in which drinks I sampled whilst in the US!