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AMP Energy Juice (Mixed Berry)

I love to sample great drinks on Friday and today was no exception!

AMP comes in a 12 oz plastic bottle with a resealable top and a plastic label sleeve. Lets crack this Mixed Berry version open and see what it’s made of… I noticed a regular juice aroma that was pleasing, you would not think this was an energy drink just by the smell. When you pour this into a glass it has a cloudy opaque color and you can see little bits of juice pulp in there (since it’s 100% juice)  First sip and you taste a very pleasing smooth juice beverage, there is no “energy” flavor to it and if it was server without the bottle I doubt anyone could tell!

I am huge Rockstar Guava fan for early mornings but I think I have just found a replacement for that fix!  AMP is great tasting and I got a nice little afternoon pickup and been still feeling good for the past 2 hours!

Made with 100% juice and no added sugar, AMP Energy Juice combines a stimulating blend of B (6 + 12) and C vitamins, taurine, ginseng, guarana and caffeine for those looking for an energy drink with all the added benefits of 100% juice!

AMP Juice was just released in Feb 2010, so look for it at your local store soon!  AMP Juice also comes in an Orange flavor.

EDG Recommended if you like juice drinks!

Mona Vie

Mona Vie comes in a 250 ml black can with a light blue pull tab and blue band on the rim.

It’s a plain and simple can with a slight color accent that looks nice!  Mona Vie claims to be “the premier acai blend”  80% juice – no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners!

When you crack the can open it has a grape aroma that may smell like wine.

When poured into a glass it has a murky look, purpleish color and I noticed some floaties in there (I have noticed

other acai drinks that have the floaties… so maybe something with the berry itself?)

The taste is very tart and dry, I also thought it had to Jekyll and Hyde style to it… when I took my first sip I didn’t really like it but once I was done I wanted more.

Overall it is an interesting and complex beverage that is worth sampling if you have the chance!

Sport Energy

** UPDATE **

Sport Energy has been discontinued as of Nov 2009

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Sport Energy is not going to win any art / design contest with the look of their can BUT I was excited to see the 16oz cans were made with real sugar!  I love sampling drinks made with real sugar compared to the HFCS!

Doo Drop: has the color of Mt Dew, aroma similar to gatorade, medium carbonation, tart flavor and a nice sweet taste that real sugar produces! Doo Drop was my favorite out of the bunch! EDG Recommended Sport Energy

Mango Cream: has the color of Tang, smells like Tang, the flavor is similar to Tang with added baby aspirin, first sip is a strong flavor assault on your tongue that I enjoyed!

Raspberry Cream: pale pink clear color, aroma is similar to cotton candy/cream soda, medium carbonation, good rich flavor start to finish, strong lingering taste.

Fruit Punch: transparent reddish-pink color, dead ringer for Hawaiian Punch, if you added carbonation to HP you would get Sport Energy Fruit Punch!  The sweet sugar grabs your tongue on that first sip, medium carbonation, this drink is a pleasure to drink.

The 16oz cans of Sport Energy include 1000mg of Taurine, 80mg of caffeine, 5mg of Guarana, 5mg of Ginseng and 43.5g of sugar per 12oz serving (less than Mt Dew). The energy boost you feel is similar to what you get from the big 3.

Shots: The 2.5oz sport energy shots are a whole different game……I know the “energy shot” market is exploding but I have yet to find many shots that taste good and Sporty Energy shots are no exception.  I can’t lie to you, these shots smell like old tennis shoes and the taste is pretty awful.  I had 4 co-workers take a sniff and sample the taste and they all agree these are nasty! But to be fair I have not found an energy shot that tasted good.  The quote of “Shockingly great taste” could be correct IF it just said “Shocking Taste”!

It’s amazing how different these drinks are when compared to each other.  The real sugar 16oz version is great tasting and enjoyable, the energy shots are just nasty.

On Go Energy

We have another contender in the 2 oz energy drink market!

On Go Energy is offered in 3 different flavors; Lemon Lime, Berry Blast and Mandarin Orange. on-go

Today we will be sampling the Mandarin Orange flavor. On Go comes in a 2 oz white plastic screw cap bottle with a plastic label sleeve. The first thing you will smell when you crack this bottle open is baby aspirin… i am not talking the general “baby aspirin energy drink” taste, i am talking about the orange St. Josephs baby aspirin you had as a kid! if you don’t remember those little orange aspirin pills, it does resemble an orange creamsicle smell and taste.

Compared to those other 2 oz energy drinks that taste pretty medicine like, On Go has a great flavor you can sip or chug! Non-carbonated, finishes clean, minimal aftertaste and taste good!

On Go states “No carbs, no sugar, no crash, stamina, focus and endurance” and only 8 calories for calorie counters!

I give On Go the thumbs up, if you want a quick pick me up and don’t feel like drinking a 16 oz can this is your ticket!

I sampled the Lemon Lime flavor and I am not a fan, the Orange is 100x better in my eyes.

Final Round Results:
1. Mandarin Orange (Hands down winner)
2. Berry Blast (great taste)
3. Lemon Lime (I wasn’t a fan, it didn’t compare with the other flavors 🙁 )

Starbucks Cinnamon Dulce

We were very pleased with the first batch of Starbucks Energy + Coffee drinks and now they are introducing a new flavor to the lineup!

CINNAMON DULCE sbx-cinn

Today we cracked open a can of Cinnamon Dulce and was greeted with coffee aroma similar to the other SBX drinks and a very slight hint of cinnamon. Once poured into a glass this drink looks THICK and RICH with a deep caramel color.

The first sip I took was rather rough…. (NOTE: EDG is a not a fan of cinnamon) I noticed a strong cinnamon taste and almost thought I was sipping out of an ashtray…. A few more sips later the ashtray/cinnamon taste was going away and it became more drinkable! I had another colleague (who enjoys cinnamon) sample this drink and he liked it start to finish.

I could drink this again BUT I would prefer one of the other Starbucks Energy drinks. I’m sure plenty of people out there will really enjoy this drink!

List of the good stuff:
– 1800mg Taurine
– 180mg Inositol
– 325mg Ginsing
– 90mg Guarana
– 450mg L-Carnitine
– 2000mg Maltodextrin

If you like cinnamon + coffee I highly recommend you try this drink once it hits the market on Jan 22, 2009.

Berry CRUNK!!!

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Today I am excited to crack open this new flavor in the CRUNK!!! series! Get ready to feast your eyes and taste buds on Berry CRUNK!!! (acai berry-flavored)

The Berry can is very similar to the CRUNK!!! series but in a purple color scheme but I personally like this can design the best.  Crunk still offers the 16 oz can and not 15 oz like some of the others are switching to.

When you first open up the can you get a pleasant grape juice aroma that is very inviting if you are drinking this first thing in the morning like me.  I poured some BC in a glass and saw a murky purple color (remember that Citrus CRUNK!!! had that murky color but a 5 star taste) and not a lot of carbonation present.

First sip produces a tart robust flavor that is very different (in a good way) from the standard juice energy drinks.  BC has a brief micro carbonation tingle on your tongue and leaves a slight aftertaste.  BC does not taste like an energy drink in any way shape or form!!  If you know someone who doesn’t like the ED taste but wants an energy boost, here is your drink!  Berry CRUNK!!! produces a nice little pick me up kick that is similar to what we saw in Citrus CRUNK!!!

Overall I am pleased with Berry but I still think Citrus has a slight edge in the long run but I would love to start my morning with a Berry CRUNK!!

If you are in an area where you can’t fiind Crunk at your local store, you can always purchase at the CRUNK!! online store. http://store.crunkenergydrink.com/

Omega Lime Mojito

Today I am excited to review Omega Lime Mojito!  As you may know, Omega Mango Passionfruit is at the top of my energy drink list!

Fuse list Lime Mojito as  “Twice the Mega energy along with the taste of lime and mint.”

As with most Omega drinks, I was please to see that there was no high fructose corn syrup use!!!

When you crack this can open I was expecting a vibrant lime green color and tangy sour lime aroma…. WRONG.  You will have to settle for a pale gold color and a spearmint aroma.

Lets take a swig of this and see…… hmmmm am i drinking liquid Doublemint gum,  WTF is this,  did someone pull a switch-a-roo on me?  The MINT is the dominant flavor of this less than exciting beverage, I am barley tastign any lime.  Micro carbonaton bubble tingle your tounge leaving a subtle aftertaste that does not last very long.

I am going to give Omega Lime Mojito a pass, I wouldn’t spend the $2 unless you are a HUGE SPEARMINT fan.  I really can’t comment on the energy boost factor since I couldn’t drink more than a few swigs (sorry readers).

Here is the goodie list for “liquid spearmint”

Vitamin C – 100%
Vitamin B6 – 100%
Vitamin B12 – 100%
Taurine 1000mg
D-Ribose 250mg
L-Carnitine 200mg
Inositol 100mg
Panax Ginseng 50mg

Bloom Energy – Cran Raspberry

I never thought Del Monte was going to get into the energy drink market but I am glad they did!

Today we have a 10.5 oz can of Del Monte Bloom Energy in Cran Raspberry flavor.  Bloom provides deep red robust color with a fruity aroma that is inviting.  First sip is solid flavor with a micro carbonation tingle on your tongue that is very pleasing and no aftertaste!  I really tasted the cranberry flavor but didn’t really notice much on the raspberry side. Bloom does provide a slight white grape juice taste which is a nice bonus.

I really like the fact that Bloom does not contain any HFCS!!!!  Del Monte claims one full serving of fruit per can.  Bloom doesn’t pack alot of the energuygoodies in there but it does have guarana, ginsing, B-vitamins and contains 50% juice.

I scored this gem for $.60 at Big Lots and recommend you picking a few up for the morning drive…  they are refreshing to drink and do not have that baby aspirin flavor.   Forget the orange juice and go straight for a Bloom.  You will get a little kick out this drink, it taste great and it’s less filling!

All In Energy

Today we are going to review a trio of drink by All In.

Citrus, Root Beer & Grape

If you are a fan of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) you have probably seen some of the players holding or possibly drinking All In energy.  It seems that All In is to the WSOP what Red Bull is to motorcycle racing, X games ect.

All In is a sugar free drink (10 calories) that comes in the standard 250 mL “bullet can”.  The artwork is nothing fancy but works on the poker theme with the flaming poker chip, dragon in the background and the Chinese character “Qi” which means breath (but it’s more like your entire life).

We first sampled the Citrus flavor and WOW, this has a killer bright yellow color but very minimal aroma once the can is opened.  First sip offers a basic generic lemon taste that is mild, high carbonation assaults your taste buds and then leaves you with a substantial aftertaste and film on your tongue.  I normally don’t drink sugar free beverages so I can really notice the artificial sweetener and i think that promotes the aftertaste.  All In Citrus has an OK taste but the aftertaste and tongue film put me off a little.  Citrus will give you a little boost of energy but nothing intense.

Next on the list we have the grape flavor that produces a light rose colored liquid with a faint grapey aroma that is very bubbly when poured into a glass.  First swig offers a subtle artificial grape flavor that will pucker your mouth a little.  All In grape provides you with an aftertaste that gets stronger after you swallow it followed by the film on your tongue.  The grape flavor is much worse than the Citrus, I really don’t want to drink another can of it.

All In includes some goodies like: Inositol, caffeine, herbal blend (astragalus, panax ginseng, panax quinquefolium + schisandra) niacin, B+C vitamins and folic acid.

Overall I wouldn’t pay $2 for a can of this…… if someone gave me a citrus for free I would probably drink it.

Venom Mojave Rattler

Today we are sampling the low carb Venom Mojave Rattler!

First off I must say the can design and artwork are pretty sweet!  The can is all aluminum and has plastic threads on the neck for the twist off cap.  This 16.9 oz can is THICK, you could probably use it for a weapon in a bind.  The purple snake eye staring at you follows the whole reptile theme.

Once you crack open the Venom it has the very familiar energy drink aroma and gold color that we have seen 100’s of time.

First sip of VMR is nothing more than the usual slightly tart energy drink flavor but there is a definite aftertaste and you will get film on your tongue.  The aftertaste may be due to the “low carb” chemical included in this version.

VMR offer you 200mg of Ginseng and 3000mg of “energy blend” (taurine, L-Carnitine, caffeine, guarana + inositol) and vitamins B6 + B12.  VMR does not contain HFCS.

VMJ will give you a little boost but nothing special….. overall Mojave Rattler is nothing more than barley average.  The can gets 2 thumbs UP, but the drink get 1 sideways thumb.