Category Archives: Insoitol

Penthouse Clear – Lemon Lime

Penthouse Clear is the “Penthouse” name you normally think of….  the sexy devil cat girl on the label will remind you of that also!  The can design is nothing crazy but devil cat girls are “Clearly Stimulating” according to the can!  :)  The manufacturer of Penthouse clear takes this product seriously and you can check out the process here.

Once we crack this baby open we find:

-Clear color with a faint gold hue to it

-Slight mild aroma similar to a Vernors

-Very sweet taste that taste slightly like perfume. (maybe the devil girl?)

-Distinct aftertaste and that film on the roof of your mouth but disappears rapidly

-Didn’t seem very carbonated but the belch factor was high.

-Includes the usual suspects: Caffeine, taurine, inositol and B vitamins

– Never seen Xian Cao on an ingredient list before (Siegesbeckia Plant, used in Chinese medicine)

Overall the marketing on this can rocks!  Who can just walk past this drink and not be curious whats on the inside?  The taste of this drink just wasn’t my style but there is a nice little energy boost in it for ya!

Deton8 Energy

I know it’s been a while since I posted a review but it’s been crazy at work and let’s get back to business.

Deton8This fine Deton8 Energy drink came from a C-store down in Georgia that had the cashier enclosed in bullet proof glass!

First crack of the can and you get the common Red Bull aroma that we are all so familiar with!
D8 has an orange’ish gold color
Fruitier tasting than Red Bull
Has more carbonation at the back of tongue
Finishes really clean –  less than 15 seconds
Decent lookingl can – black with green explosion
A guest taster in the EDG labs felt this would go great with vodka

D8 is kinda spare on the ingredients, no vitamins, ginseng, guarana ect… it’s good tasting drink with 76mg of caffeine.  if you need maximum energy for a late night road trip, this is NOT your drink.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, malic acid, taurine,
Sodium citrate, natural and artificial flavor, caffeine, potassium benzoate (a pre-
servative), Inositol, niacin amide (vitamin B3), caramel color, D-calcium
pantothenate (vitamin B5), Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Yellow 5,
Red 40, cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)

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

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”

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!

Product of Thailand

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.

Citrus CRUNK!!!

Hot into to EDG Labs we have some Citrus Crunk to review today!

This FULL 16 oz can is bright vibrant yellow calling your name to open it!  Let’s crack this beast open!

Upon opening you get a nice lemon juice aroma that reminds you of those small plastic lemon shaped juice containers.   Citrus Crunk displays a cloudy looking color similar to clam broth but smells MUCH better!

First sip will awaking your taste buds like a warhead candy and demands your attention! CC has very minimal carbonation and once you get past that first initial sour bit this is a tasty beverage.  We sampled this drink on a 92 degree day and ice cold Citrus CRUNK goes down smooth and is very refreshing.  If I poured this into a pitcher and served it at a picnic the guest would never guess it was an energy drink!  I did notice a nice little afternoon energy pick me up that carried me until dinner.

CC has a rich real lemon taste similar to old fashioned lemonade that hits the spot.

There is very minimal aftertaste and a slight film on your tongue but goes away quickly.

CC offers the kitchen sink when it comes to goodies: Ashwaganda, caffeine, ginkgo, ginseng, guarana, horny goat weed, inositol, licorice, green tea leaf, grape seed, skull cap, white willow bark and milk thistle!

With the summer heat in full force, if you serve Citrus CRUNK ice cold this gets 2 thumbs up!

EDG Recommended!