Category Archives: Taurine

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! 🙂

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!

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.

Bomba Energy

Want to try and drink a hand grenade?  If so then buy yourself a Bomba, this killer 250ml glass bottle with pull tab gets
2 thumbs up for marketing design!

Bomba has a flat cola appearance when poured into a glass but delivers a fruity aroma.
First sip of Bomba and holy efff that is friggin tart, WOW!  If you are having this drink to wake your
ass up then the first sip shock will do that alone!  If you stick just the tip of your tongue in to Bomba is has a pretty sharp fizz that is interesting.

Bomba produces a prune juice like flavor that brings along some cottom mouth and aftertaste.

The goodie list for Bomba only contains taurine 100mg, caffeine 63mg and vitamins… I was expecting to see
more ingedients but I guess thats why there wasn’t much of a pick me up with Bomba!

The bottle is cool, the drink is not.

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!

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee

HOT OFF THE PRESS: The rumored Starbucks energy coffee drinks are here and in my hands at the EDG labs! We have all 3 flavors that we will be sampling for this review.

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy

The minute after the FedEx driver left I popped these cans into the fridge and wanted to sample one later that day! The overall design of the cans is good, has the same similar style that other coffee energy drinks are using. The well known Starbucks green circle logo is top dead center to confirm what you are drinking. I like the can design and layout, they are using the 15 oz can which is probably going to become the standard for future tall boy energy drinks.
We have chosen to sample the Coffee drink first to use as our baseline. Once we opened this can you smell a nice strong coffee aroma that is very inviting and peaks your interest. SBX Coffee has a nice caramel color, non carbonated and displays a thick rich look when poured into a glass. (The aroma smells great but I am having flashbacks to Monster Java that just wasn’t too good) First sip is very robust and you immediately notice how SMOOTH and velvety this drink is. I was in shock how good this tasted, let me try another swig to make sure…. yup it’s that friggin good. I didn’t notice any aftertaste and there was no film on the tongue afterwards! I have sampled many other coffee + energy drinks and they don’t stand a chance against the Starbucks ones!

Mocha was the can we decided to sample next and it was very similar in aroma and color but possibly a tad mellower. The texture and flavor were still smooth as silk and you could possibly taste a slight chocolaty overtone but nothing overpower which was nice.

Vanilla was the final can of the trio, pretty much the same applies here but add a slight hint of vanilla. I thought the aroma of the vanilla drink was stronger than the actual taste.

Doubleshot includes the following goodies: Guarana, ginseng, caffeine, taurine, vitamin A, B6, B12, C +D. Starbucks uses sugar and not HFCS which is a nice touch also.

Look for this on your local store shelves later part of June with an estimated price of $2.59/can.

Conclusion: Starbucks has a winner on their hands, Monster Java might as well pack it up and head home. I am not sure if it’s because SBX uses better coffee or ingredients but Monster Java has such a harsh taste. If you’re looking for a great morning drink for a hot summer day, look no further! I felt a nice little pick me up boost but no shakes like some of the other energy drink! EDG Recommended!

Jetset Energy Original

Let’s jet into the weekend with Jetset Energy Original review!

Jetset has a fun looking can with the Austin Powers swirl effect in the background, the DJ working a pair of turntables on the backside of the can and all the world clocks at the top of the can. I did notice the can was slightly large than a Redbull at 10.5oz (310mL) so you score an extra swig or two with Jetset!

Lets crack this can open and start this review………. Jetset offers a very similar aroma to the ‘bull and has a strong orange/gold color that draws your attention. The color, aroma and taste also remind me of a drink called “Dark Scorpion” and that was a tasty drink also. Jetset has very fine micro bubbles that assault your tongue, I am not a fan of heavy carbonation but I enjoyed the micro bubbles! I also noticed some there is a metallic aftertaste if you take a small sip but if you take a big swig you don’t notice it that much. There is a slight aftertaste/cottonmouth but nothing more than a light residue film that disappears after 60 secs.

Jetset has a slightly tart flavor, it’s milder than Monster but similar to Red Bull.  Edit 8/7/08  I just had another Jetset and I noticed more cottonmouth and aftertaste than I had originally posted.

Jetset offers the usually suspects:HFCS, 1000mg taurine, 50mg inositol, 25mg ginseng, 120mg caffeine, 25mg guarana and B vitamins.

If you are out and about, grab a Jetset and let me know what you think.