Category Archives: Vitamins

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.

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.

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”

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!

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.