Category Archives: Taurine

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!

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!

Hydrive Energy Triple Berry

Today we have a Hydrive Triple Berry quick look review!

  • crystal clear red color
  • non-carbonated, enhanced water energy drink
  • first sip strong and tart but smooths out
  • tasty berry flavor
  • minimal aftertaste
  • caffeine, taurine, ginkgo + acai
  • 30 calories
  • great afternoon pick me up while at work

Conclusion: I was impressed with this low calorie offering, the flavor is good and I didn’t notice that nasty or strange aftertaste you get with certain artificial sweeteners.  I would drink this again and recommend to my friends who want something lighter than a Redbull / Monster.

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.

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)

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.

Neuro Fuel

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There is no way to put a positive spin on Neuro Fuel……  This stuff is HORRIBLE!

NOTE: I have reviewed the “Improved Flavor” formula here , please read that also.

NF has a screaming canary yellow color that looks really good but once the aroma hits your nose you are wondering why they would put yack piss in a can!  I consulted with 4 of my colleagues to confirm my finding and give NF a non-biased review.  All 5 of us had that same WTF look on our face once you got a wiff of this liquid!

If you are still tempted to taste this vile fluid you will get a very dry taste similar to a sugar free drink, medium aftertaste and a taste that I’m lost for words on….

PLEASE – do not waste your $$$$$ on this drink…. it is not worth $.02, I wouldn’t drink this if you gave it to me free!

Please read the review update on the “new” Neuro Fuel

I took about 3 sips and had to pour the rest out, this vile sludge ranks up there in the top 5 worst energy drinks.

I have no comment on the energy boost since I couldn’t drink enough to tell.

They claim this is a “mood enhancing formula” and I have to agree, I was really pissed off after drinking this.

The website for NF is kinda cool though!

Neuro Fuel was sent to me by an EDG fan and I am sorry I don’t remember your name but thanks for sending this in…. and sorry about the honest review of it.

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!

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