Category Archives: Guarana

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.

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!

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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/

Rubyy – Blood Orange Energy

Have you ever wanted to be ” On all day and UP all night”?  If so then Rubyy Blood Orange Energy may be for you!  Straight in to the EDG labs from sunny California is a fresh new ultra premium luxury energy drink; Rubyy!

The first thing you will notice is the fantastic looking 12 oz aluminum bottle. This bottle fits in your hand perfectly, it gets super cold and the graphic design is top notch!

Lets crack open a  Rubyy and see what we find…….  the first aroma I smell is pleasant and light, similar to grapefruit-orange.  Rubyy produces a color very similar to pink grapefruit juice, there is even some very fine particles of pulp you can see if poured into a glass.  The pulp comes from the 8% REAL juice added: blood orange juice, tangerine juice & Valencia orange juice round out the mix.

First sip and yields extreme mild carbonation, not very sweet and finishes exceptionally clean.  I also noticed that the flavor is not over powering, it’s subtle, relaxed and doesn’t linger on your tongue very long.

Did I mention the can design is bad ass?  For all you late night clubbers this can even GLOWS under black light! Look for Rubyy next time you visit your favorite club in LA or when you stay at a W hotel.

Rubyy will provide you with a nice steady energy boost that doesn’t crash on you!  (80mg of caffeine, 130 cal & 29g of sugar)

The “yy” in the Rubyy name is the only link that would tell you that the co-founders of Skyy Vodka had thier hands in this project!

Freek Psycho

It’s that time to get Freeky for Halloween!!!  We will follow the Halloween theme and keep it orange today!!  EVIL ENERGY!!!!

Freek Psycho has an aroma that is very comparable to Orange Crush soda and has a similar color to Tang!  First sip of FP and I was very pleased, this was a great tasting beverage, there was a high carbonation assault on the tongue but the flavor made up for it!

Freek does not leave any aftertaste and finishes very clean!  I would recommend this as a great morning wake me up drink!

As with all the Freek drinks… you will defiantly get a nice little boost to get ya through the day! (2000mg of taurine per can)

EDG says “2 thumbs up”

Battery Energy

It’s Tuesday  morning and you may be looking for an extra charge this week!!! So lets see what an 11.2oz can of Battery Energy can do for you!

Battery comes from Finland so you get English and Finnish language on the can for that international feel.  The can itself looks pretty cool, it’s a fat stubby can and has a positive (+) side so it really brings the brand name into the design.

Once we crack open the can we get that familiar look and smell similar to Red Bull… BUT a strong slightly fruity applish aroma is present!  The first sip yields a very dry taste that is NOT sweet at all.  I was expecting that sugary taste but it wasn’t there. I found Battery to have very mild carbonation with a slight tingle on your tongue. Battery produces a slight aftertaste that disappears rather quick.

1200mg of taurine accompanied with B vitamins, guarana and sucrose  produces a nice little energy kick!

I persoanlly am not a huge fan a Battery Energy but 2 of my co-workers thought it was pretty tasty and would buy it again.  As always, all reviews here on EDG are strictly my opinion and you can take it for what it’s worth! 🙂

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!

Jetset Energy Trio

This week we did some sampling of of the Jetset Energy mixer trio.

Jetset Ginger Ale: Jack Daniels was the selected spirit to compliment this fine mixer. Before mixing with the Jack a quick sip revealed a crisp taste with no aftertaste or film on the tongue.

Jetset Tonic: Tanqueray gin was used to sample this tonic and this was a great combo.

Jetset Club Soda: I am not a club soda drinker so i can’t tell what is good or bad but it mixed well with some cranberry juice I had!

It was hard to judge the true potential of these drinks since we mixed in some booze. 🙂

We have a new twist on the club scene for energy drinks…. move over Red Bull and vodka!

Shark Energy

Today I have a drink that was sent to me by some friends in the Buffalo area!  They called me and asked if i ever tried Shark and I said “nope” and before you know it I had some samples sitting on my desk!

Shark comes in the 250mL bullet can with a bad ass simple logo design!

Shark has a very electric yellow color that grabs your eyes + a faint fruit aroma that peaks your interest….  The first sip of Shark is EXPLOSIVE, the taste will just shock your senses as the sweet syrupy liquid coats your tongue.  Once you get over the first sip Shark gets better with each additional sip.  Shark has 35mg of sugar per 250mL can which explains the super sweet syrupy taste!  (Mountain Dew only has 30.5mg of sugar per 250Ml)

I didn’t really notice any aftertaste and only a slight film on the roof of my mouth but that went away rather quick.

The berry aroma that you smell is actually natural strawberry flavor, you can’t beat that compared to some of that artificial garbage they put in these drinks. (shark does include some artificial flavors)  Shark also does not use HFCS which is nice…but still don’t let the little kids drink this stuff!

If you see Shark for under $2, pick up a can and see what ya think… I think it’s worth a try!

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