Saturday, January 11, 2014

REVIEW OF KIRKLAND ENERGY SHOT

CAFFEINE CONTENT: UNKNOWN. 


RATING: 7.1 OUT OF 10.

     I never thought it could happen, heck I'm even breaking out in hives as we speak, but a new review is being written on Addicted 2 Energy. As you may have noticed, I told you guys that this website might not have any new reviews, and that I had lost interest. To be honest, I have lost a lot of interest, and it seems as if most of my colleagues have too. Possessed By Caffeine hasn't reviewed anything since October 27th, Edjunkie is completely shut down, and Energy Heaven's latest review dates back to mid April. As depressing as it may be, the energy drink review blog is slowly dying. So before it can die any further, here's a review of a private label energy shot from Costco.

     Kirkland, which is the private label brand for Costco, has manufactured an energy shot to sell to the masses. The packaging isn't too striking, but I must admit it does pop off the shelf more than 5 Hour Energy does. Kirkland lists the flavor as Pomegranate which isn't a very common flavor among energy shots, so I was eager to give it a try. When you've reviewed hundreds of energy drinks, you kind of know what to expect when it comes to flavor. Energy shots are usually very medicinal and almost unpalatable at times. Not this one. There is some medicinal qualities peeking through, but for the most part it's a sweet and tart flavor profile. Is it better than a major label energy shot like 5 Hour Energy? I would say yes.

     Under the cap of this little 2 ounce slammer is 150 percent daily value of niacin, 2,000 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 100 percent daily value of folic acid, 8,333 percent daily value of vitamin b12, and 200 percent daily value of pantothenic acid. Well that's the vitamins and minerals side of things, as for the energy blend, we have n-acetyl l-tyrosine, taurine, glucuronolactone, malic acid, l-phenylalanine, caffeine, and alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine. The energy blend totals 2,150 milligrams, but none of the ingredients have specific amounts listed. The caffeine content is completely unknown, but my best guess puts it at 80-150 milligrams. Oh, and in case you're wondering, Alpha-GPC is used to enhance memory and cognitive function.

     Believe it or not, I've really cut back on my energy drink consumption over the past month or so, so this energy shot should have provided a decent effect. As it turns out, the effect was in fact decent, but nothing too spectacular. This makes a lot of sense, considering this probably doesn't have that much caffeine in it. The mild buzz lasted for about a couple hours and tapered off with no crash.

     I want to say it's good to be back, but I'm not sure if I'm officially back yet. I might go another month or two without reviewing anything, or I might not. It all depends. As for the energy shot, Kirkland provided a decent drink that is on par with pretty much every other energy shot. It doesn't set itself apart, but then again it doesn't try to. It's just your standard private label energy shot.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

REVIEW OF SPORT MAX

CAFFEINE CONTENT: 140 MILLIGRAMS PER 2 OUNCE BOTTLE. 

RATING: 5.9 OUT OF 10. 



     300,000. That's the number of pages that have been viewed on this site. Granted, it's taken over 4 and a half years to get to that milestone, but nevertheless I still thank you profusely. Anyways, let's get started with this review. Today I bring you yet another energy shot, except this one is slightly different. It still comes in that same bottle shape as 5 Hour Energy, but this energy shot is marketed as a liquid b12 booster. Sounds intriguing, so let's give it a go.

     First things first, if you've never had the opportunity to try an energy shot, you should be advised that not all of them are very tasty. As a matter of fact, most of them are decent at best. You do get some gems here and there. And then we have products like Sport Max that are on the opposing end of the spectrum. I'm going to be as honest as possible right now, regardless of how rude it might sound. Sport Max tastes awful. It's difficult for me to describe exactly what makes it so bad. I always try to be exceptionally kind to companies when I review their product, but this is just terrible in my opinion. Hopefully this provides a substantial amount of energy to offset the poor flavor profile.

     Before we get into its effects, lets take a look at what it's packing under the cap. Each shot has 200 percent daily value of vitamin b1, 100 percent daily value of vitamin b2, 75 percent daily value of vitamin b3, 300 percent daily value of vitamin b5, 250 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 67 percent daily value of vitamin b7, 100 percent daily value of vitamin b9, 16,666 percent daily value of vitamin b12, 250 milligrams of choline chloride, 50 milligrams of coq10, and 140 milligrams of caffeine. It also contains an energy blend worth 4,300 milligrams containing l-arginine, l-glutamine, taurine, beta-alanine, inositol, malic acid, and magnesium. I'm not going to beat around the bush, this is a wonderful energy blend. Sport Max has certainly gained back some of the points they've lost. Let's see if they can gain more in the effects section.

     You're supposed to consume Sport Max before working out, so I slammed the contents of the bottle down and headed to the gym. I have consumed workout-enhancement drinks before, so I kind of knew what to expect. What I noticed was a little bit more energy and drive, but I also noticed a bit more endurance. It was nothing too substantial, but it was still enough to be noticed. Does it gain back points it lost for tasting terrible? I believe it does.

     The clear downfall of this beverage is the flavor. Everything else is actually up to par or above it. The drink's strong point is it's comprehensive energy blend, which has every b vitamin known to mankind. This energy shot has some potential, but they just need to reformulate their flavor profile.

Monday, August 26, 2013

REVIEW OF MONSTER REHAB ROJO TEA

CAFFEINE CONTENT: 161 MILLIGRAMS PER 15.5 OUNCE CAN.

RATING: 7 OUT OF 10.

     I have tried over 350 energy products on this site, and hands down the best line-up of drinks I have had the pleasure of reviewing is Monster Rehab. Every drink in the Rehab line-up is refreshing, delicious, and a treat for my taste buds. Here we have another flavor of Monster Rehab. This time, it's the Rojo Tea flavor.

     This energy drink comes in a black and red 16 ounce can with the big Monster "M" claw mark on the front. I have yet to try a Monster Rehab flavor that doesn't taste spectacular, and this one doesn't disappoint. As the liquid reached my palate, I was hit with a light, refreshing tea flavor. A drink like this would be perfect for a hot summer's afternoon, and it is non carbonated so it goes down smoothly. What more is there to say except for the fact that this is another success by Monster Rehab?

     As with all Monster drinks, you get that wonderful Monster Energy Blend. Here's the specifics: 200 percent daily value of niacin, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b12, and 200 percent daily value of pantothenic acid. It also contains glucose, taurine, panax ginseng extract, caffeine, l-carnitine, glucuronolactone, guarana extract, inositol, and quercetin, A full can of this contains 161 milligrams of caffeine. Although I have seen better blends from Monster, this one isn't too shabby.

     As always, you can expect a decent increase in energy and alertness after consuming this drink. I personally receive a subtle increase in energy from this drink.

     Monster Rehab Rojo Tea is just another hit in the Rehab line-up. It has a crisp and resfreshing flavor, coupled with a decent energy blend. Even if this doesn't work for you, you can still drink it for its awesome flavor.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

REVIEW OF 5-ALARM PEPPERMINT

CAFFEINE CONTENT: UNKNOWN. 

RATING: 6.3 OUT OF 10. 


     Time and time again I receive samples from an energy shot company claiming to be different, when in reality it is just another 5-hour energy clone. They always seem to have the same medicinal flavor that is never too pleasing on the palate. Of course, there are some exceptions, including this product that recently arrived in the mail. It may have the same bottle shape as 5 Hour Energy, but this might just be the world's first peppermint flavored shot.

     Before we get into the flavor experience of a peppermint flavored energy shot, I'd like to point out that the packaging is relatively basic, and it does point out that a percent of the proceeds are donated to fire fighters for training and evidence. Being the first and probably only peppermint flavored shot, I really had to idea what I was getting into. As I twisted open the cap, I was hit with a refreshing peppermint scent. I proceeded to slam the contents of the bottle down and what happened next was one of the most unique flavor sensations I've had in awhile. I could feel a cool rush of peppermint around my mouth and my nostrils. It's similar to eating a handful of mints. Some may say it tastes like mouthwash, which really wouldn't be far from the truth. All things considered, this was an extremely interesting flavor experience. And I liked it.

     Inside each bottle of 5-Alarm, it has 125 percent daily value of niacin, 2,500 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 8,333 percent daily value of vitamin b12, and a 180 milligrams proprietary blend consisting of caffeine, n-acetyl-tyrosine, and glucuronolactone. The caffeine content is not listed, but it is probably around 100-120 milligrams. I really think they could have added a few more ingredients to their proprietary blend, but that's just me.

     This energy shot isn't filled to the brim with caffeine and guarana, so the effects are pretty mild. I noticed a slight increase in alertness and focus, but nothing too substantial. I'm not suggesting they put more caffeine in, because I can tell that is not the main focus for this beverage. Overall, this should provide the same effects as an 8 ounce cup of coffee.

     Although it may be lacking in the energy ingredients department, the flavor is so unique that it makes up for it. Yes, it may taste similar to taking a big gulp of mouthwash, but obviously this won't make you sick. Besides, where are you going to find another peppermint flavored energy shot? Oh, and it's also pretty cool that they are donating some proceeds to fire fighters.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

REVIEW OF RUNA

CAFFEINE CONTENT: 120 MILLIGRAMS PER 8.4 OUNCE CAN. 

RATING: 6.9 OUT OF 10. 

     I'm not mysophobic by any means, but I do appreciate it when things are clean. And I think most people would agree. So when I heard of a company that sells a "clean energy drink" I had to see what all the fuss was about, and after a quick email exchange, I acquired some samples. So without further ado, here's what I think of Runa Clean Energy.

     The can itself is certainly very clean and sleek, with its silver 8.4 ounce bullet can. While I have seen better package designs, I do enjoy the simplicity of Runa. As I looked for a flavor on the can, the only thing I could find was the word "original" which leads me to believe that this could either be a Red Bull clone or something very unique. Thankfully, it was the latter. It's very difficult to describe the flavor of this drink, but basically it is an extremely lightly carbonated, lightly flavored beverage. As a matter of fact, you could describe the flavor as clean, like water. While it isn't big on flavor, it still manages to be a refreshing drink.

     With a name like Clean Energy, you'd expect it to have a very limited amount of energy enhancing ingredients, and you'd be right. It does have something called guayusa, which is an all-natural Amazonian leaf that delivers a "clean energy boost." I don't know how much guayusa is in this beverage, but it's enough to yield 120 milligrams of caffeine.

     So now that we know why it's called Clean Energy, the question now is, does it feel like a clean energy boost? I suppose what they mean by a clean boost is that there are no jitters or edginess. If that's the case, then yes, it did it's job.

     With all the lawsuits that are happening to the big energy drink companies, a drink like this is actually a smart idea. It doesn't really make sense for companies to cram in every single chemical that ends in -ine into their drink, so Runa just went with what works: Caffeine. From guayusa of course. In a nutshell, I like the drink, and I can't wait to review the other flavor they sent me.

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