Wednesday, March 30, 2011

iShot Energy Potion Review

Cost Per Ounce:$1.00
Active Ingredients:Caffeine, Taurine, B-Vitamins
Taste Rating:8.7
Kick Rating:8.5
Final Judgment Rating:8.6
Energy Drink Ratings Explained

iShot Energy Potion Review:
So looks like we have a relatively new entrant to the Energy Shot Market that hails from across the pond and is from All Day Energy Ltd. So as I have ranted before, more and more shots enter the market, but nothing really distinguishes them from the Original 5-hour Energy Shot or from the countless imitators. However, it appears iShot Energy is marketing both their original energy shot as well as a love potion and iShot Skinny which is marketed as a "slim potion." So right from the start they are trying to expand product appeal. But how will the Original iShot perform in the taste and kick categories?

iShot Energy Potion Review: Taste
Well first off the iShot Original does not mention any hint of flavor at all on the package or on the website - they do offer a acai berry version though. So I was a little intrigued and the fact that the 60 milliliter bottle was quite a bit larger than the 60 milliliter bottle that I am used to. Anyways, the packaging is sleek, the bottle opens quite easily and the first smell coming out was pretty much indistinguishable. The liquid in side did almost seem to be growing bright red and my first sip that went past my lips was actually very pleasant. It was a sweet berry/punch flavor that did seem to be a tad watered down (probably because it has only 15 calories) however; there was really no bitter aftertaste. So overall the taste was quite smooth. Taste Rating - 8.7

iShot Energy Potion Review: Kick
Now I have seen far fewer energy shots hailing from the U.K (it could be because I live in the United States) but to me it seems that the market is still a year or two behind the U.S energy shot market. The first sign to me was that the caffeine content (although decent at 120 milligrams) seemed to lag behind the majority of products offered in the U.S where they typical shot contains 160-200 milligrams of caffeine. Regardless, the other energy ingredients (Taurine, Guarana, Inositol, Glucuronolactone, L-Carnitine ,Siberian Ginseng, Maltodextrin and b-vitamins) in iShot seemed to pull their weight quite well. The kick I received lasted several hours with no resulting crash. Very pleased and one of the better energy shots I have seen come from over seas. Kick Rating - 8.5

iShot Energy Potion Review: Final Judgment
Cool new shot with a sleek bottle, smooth taste, decent kick and competitive price ($2/shot or cheaper in bulk). Overall one of the better energy shots that I have seen come from across the pond. However, I would love for them to offer an "Extra Strength" version for a bit more pick me up. I also look forward to giving their two other potions "Love Potion" and "Slim Potion" a shot. So stay tuned for a review of those two products. In the meantime feel free to leave comments on the taste and kick of this product. Final Judgment - 8.6

Friday, March 18, 2011

Monster Energy Extra Strength Black Ice Review

Cost Per Ounce:$0.20
Active Ingredients:Caffeine, Taurine, Ginseng, Guarana
Taste Rating:8.5
Kick Rating:8.5
Final Judgment Rating:8.0
Energy Drink Ratings Explained

Monster Energy Extra Strength Black Ice:
Well long time no review of a Monster Energy, but looks like they have substantially revamped their lineup of Energy Drinks since last time I checked in with them. I am speaking specifically of Monster Energy's new "Extra Strength" Nitrous lineup. The 12 ounce Monster Nitrous lineup has four flavors; Super Dry, Anti-Gravity, Killer B and Black Ice. Now I will be totally honest, I have never really been a huge fan of any of the Monster Energy Drinks, but every once in awhile they do surprise me... and I am hoping that is the case with the new Extra Strength version.

Monster Energy Extra Strength Black Ice: Taste
So first off this drink has zero calories and zero sugar... also it is HIGHLY carbonated. I picked one of these up at a local c-store, put it in my car and drove to work. I let it settle for 5 minutes before opening. Upon opening, there was a loud pop (similar to the Jolt Energy Drinks) followed shortly after by an over flow of foam. I don't know if this is unique to the Black Ice "flavor" or if this is the case for all Monster Nitrous products... either way I could do with a little less carbonation so I don't have to waste any of the $2.39 I just spent on a 12 ounce drink. Anyways, taste... So again not exactly sure where they go the name "black ice" as it really has more of a sour berry/passion flavor which is reminiscent of the original Kronik Energy Drink. For zero sugar and zero calories the drink was actually pretty good. Flavors end up being a tad sour, but there is only a slight medicinal after taste. Pretty good actually, elbeit taste is subjective. Taste Rating - 8.5

Monster Energy Extra Strength Black Ice: Kick
Taste is decent, but will the extra strength provide an impressive kick? Well according to the 12 ounce can (12 ounce single serving) there is 2600 milligrams of Energy Blend which includes; Taurine, Panax Ginseng, L-Carnitine, Caffeine, Guarana, Inositol, Glucronolactone and Maltodextrin. So they don't list exact caffeine amounts, but let's compare this Extra Strength to an Original Monster. An Original Monster (8 ounce single serving) has 2500 milligrams in it's energy blend which includes L-Carnitine, Glucose, Caffeine, Guarana, Inositol, Glucronolactone and Maltodextrin. Taurine and Ginseng is listed outside the Energy Blend on the original. In an ingredient list, they usually list ingredients by quantity... so the more of something present the higher up the list. Well, the lists of the Original and Extra Strength Monster are almost identical... Original has 2500 milligram energy blend (Plus taurine and panax ginseng listed separately) whereas the extra strength has 2600 milligrams? Big kicker is that the Original Blend is for 8 ounce whereas the extra strength is for 12 ounces. That just doesn't seem right. To ME, it seems like the original has more bang for your buck in terms of ENERGY INGREDIENTS... And after drinking it I can conclude. Don't get me wrong, the kick was pretty good. But there is nothing Extra Strength about this Monster. Kick Rating - 8.5

Monster Energy Extra Strength Black Ice: Final Judgment
So taste was good... low calories and zero sugar are also a plus. But the confusing aspect for me is the "extra strength" label. I am not seeing anything extra about this either on the can ingredient list or IMHO during the review. I am confused, so maybe someone at Monster could weigh in on this so I don't misinform my 40,000 monthly readers? To me, the better value is by far the Original Monster, both price wise and energy wise... Final Judgment - 8.0