Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Courtesy of Double Kick Hot Sauce

RATING: 5.1 OUT OF 10. 

     For a while I thought I'd never see a caffeinated hot sauce. That was until I stumbled onto Doublekick. As one of the unique products that I love being able to try, I was able to crack a smile when they agreed to send me samples for our review. Lets see how my first caffeinated hot sauce fairs.
     This sauce is thicker than most of the hat sauce than I am accustomed to seeing. Pouring it onto a spoon to try it straight, it comes out in a goopy kind of mess. Putting it into my mouth, I must say I was impressed. It has some heat, though not overbearing, and the overall taste is good. It works well on various foods as well, such as tacos and pork chops. Very solid hot sauce.
     The disappointing part is the kick. 12 mgs per every tbsp is hardly worth my time to review on an energy blog. The only reason it gets to be reviewed is because the bottle claims it to be 'Energizing'. Caffeine being the only ingredient, you'd have to have around 7 tbsp to get more caffeine than the average low budget energy drink.
     Despite the weak kick, Doublekick is a solid hot sauce that works well with your meal. I would only buy it just for the purpose of eating it with my meal. Other than that, it is not worth your time. I do appreciate the caffeinated hot sauce idea though, but wish I could find some of the other things I'd like to see caffeinated, such as whipped cream and doughnuts. Maybe in the future.
Reviewed By Dylan

Sunday, March 17, 2013



RATING: 7.3 OUT OF 10. 
     I've gotten pretty lazy lately. I've gotten my reviews stacked up. One of the ones I have put off for quite some time is the tamarind flavor in the Coyote line. My previous encounters with their flavors were good, and I can say the same for this one.

     The taste isn't like my previous encounter with tamarind flavored beverages. The sodas I had bought from my local latino grocery store had a bit more profound taste compared to this Coyote drink. This one had a good taste however, but I wasn't sure how to feel about the apple taste I got with the tamarind. My least favorite tasting out of the three.

     The 200 mgs of caffeine here were well received when I chugged it down. I was drowsy and in a rush, and the blend it hit me and kept me going long enough to get through my hectic evening. The rest of the blend consists of 1250 mgs of taurine, ginseng, inositol, l-carnitine, and glucoronolactone.

     The Coyote line as a whole was a solid one. The Jamaica drink, which sadly wont be able to be reviewed in this go round, was the best of the three, followed by the mango, and this beverage. This Tamarindo flavor was a good one, and is easily worth the buy.

Reviewed By Dylan.

Saturday, March 16, 2013



RATING: 8.5 OUT OF 10.
     If I had to choose which company makes the best energy drinks, Monster or Rockstar, I would have an extremely tough time making that decision. Currently, my favorite energy drink is Monster Rehab Original, but the Rockstar variant of that drink received the  Addicted 2 Energy award for energy drink of the year. For every drink one company creates, the other company feels the need to create a rival product. However, I would be surprised to see Monster replicate a drink like Rockstar SuperSours. When I first laid eyes on this drink in the supermarket, I had more questions than answers.

     My first question was, "is this drink marketed toward kids?" The packaging would have me saying "yes", but the caffeine content wouldn't. Let's just hope that Rockstar isn't irresponsible enough to market a highly-caffeinated energy drink towards children. My next question focuses on the flavor profile. They call it SuperSours, so does that mean the drink is sour? As it turns out, it isn't sour at all. Thankfully. The flavor is described as bubbleberry, or rather a mixture of bubblegum and berry. That kind of combination just screams "too sweet", but that just wasn't the case. This drink is smooth and sweet, and the bubblegum flavor is noticeable, yet subtle enough to let the berry flavor come through. All things considered, I think Rockstar did a fantastic job with such a unique flavor profile.

     Similar to their energy drink rival, Rockstar is also known for their potent energy blends. For this drink, we have 200 percent daily value of niacin, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 200 percent daily value of vitamin b12, 200 percent daily value of pantothenic acid, 2,000 milligrams of taurine, 240 milligrams of caffeine, 50 milligrams of panax ginseng root extract, 50 milligrams of guarana seed extract, 50 milligrams of l-carnitine, 50 milligrams of inositol, and 40 milligrams of milk thistle extract. Your classic Rockstar blend with 50 percent more caffeine. Can't go wrong with that.

     I may have a high tolerance for caffeine, but even 240 milligrams is enough to get me moving. This drink actually gave me a noticeable increase in energy, which is always wonderful. This is equivalent to drinking 3 Red Bulls, so make sure you drink this responsibly.

     This energy drink would easily get the award for "Surprise Energy Drink of the Year" if such a thing existed. I honestly thought that the flavor of this drink was going to be completely unpalatable and overly sweet. It still has 260 calories and 64 grams of sugar, so don't expect this to be too kind on your waistline. In any case, just make sure you don't feed your children this drink. Regardless if it is marketed to them or not.

Sunday, March 10, 2013



RATING: 7.2 OUT OF 10. 

     Finally, my homework is completed and ready to be turned in on Monday, and what better way than to reward myself than to compose a review of another Red Bull flavor. Yesterday, I reviewed the Blue Edition, which I found to be very pleasing on the taste buds. The Red Edition is cranberry flavored, and I am certainly not the biggest fan of cranberry flavored drinks. Can Red Bull change my mind?

     Once again, we have the sleek and sophisticate packaging that we saw in the Blue Edition, expect this one is obviously red. As I mentioned previously, this edition boasts a cranberry flavor, so naturally I was curious to see how well they pulled it off. Pouring some out in a glass, this beverage has a vibrant and deep red color, just what I would expect. When I took my first sip, I realized that Red Bull had done it again. This cranberry flavored beverage has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, mixed with an adequate level of carbonation. Despite not being a big fan of cranberry, I have to admit that this one is just as good if not better than the Blue Edition. So far, Red Bull is 2 for 2 on the flavor aspect of these drinks.

     There is nothing new here in terms of the energy blend. You still have 100 percent daily value of niacin, 250 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 80 percent daily value of vitamin b12, 50 percent daily value of pantothenic acid, 80 milligrams of caffeine, and an undisclosed amount of taurine, glucuronolactone, and inositol.

     As I mentioned in my previous review, you should expect the exact same effect as you would get from any other Red Bull flavor. For most consumers, 80 milligrams of caffeine is enough to get them going, but for me it just doesn't cut the mustard. But I wouldn't drink these for the effect. The taste alone can satisfy me.

     In that case, what do I think is better, the Red Edition or the Blue Edition? This is an extremely tough call as both flavors are immaculate and very well-made. On one hand, the blueberry flavor is fruity and smooth. On the other hand, the cranberry edition has that perfect balance of tart and sweet. While the Blue Edition is very excellent indeed, I would have to give the edge to the Red Edition for being such an impeccable cranberry drink. I truly cannot wait to give the Silver Edition a try.

Saturday, March 09, 2013




     Red Bull. It's the most popular energy drink in the world, selling 5.2 billion cans in 2012. Its main rivals try to keep up, but it is almost impossible to surpass Red Bull's sales. No matter where you are, even if you're in a place that shouldn't sell beverages, you'll find Red Bull. What's even more miraculous is that they have stayed at the top with only three flavors: Original, Sugar Free, and Total Zero. A few months ago, that all changed. Red Bull introduced three new flavors, named Blue Edition, Red Edition, and Silver Edition. I decided to go with the Blue Edition first. 

     Red Bull Blue Edition comes in a sleek, blue 8.4 ounce aluminum can. I found the packaging to have a simple, yet sophisticated design, and the rich blue will capture the eyes of the consumer. As indicated by the back of the can, the Blue Edition is supposed to be blueberry flavored. I poured some in a glass and out came a deep, blueish purple colored liquid. I took a sip and was instantaneously surprised at how delicious this tasted. The blueberry flavor is smooth and easy on the palate, and there is absolutely no hint of the old Red Bull flavor. The fruitiness is so present in this that I am surprised it doesn't have any juice in it. In any case, the Blue Edition is a lovely start to the new Red Bull line-up. 

     Ah, the classic Red Bull energy blend. It's what started it all. Once again, here's the list: 100 percent daily value of niacin, 250 percent daily value of vitamin b6, 80 percent daily value of vitamin b12, 50 percent daily value of pantothenic acid, 80 milligrams of caffeine, and an undisclosed amount of taurine, glucuronolactone, and inositol. What can I say, this energy blend is the epitome of average. 

     In my opinion, Red Bull isn't an energy drink you would reach for if you want a massive increase in energy. However, it should provide you an adequate increase in alertness and focus, just don't expect to be bouncing off the walls. Personally, I didn't feel much of an effect from this drink, but that didn't surprise me. 

     Red Bull really, really took their time in developing new flavors, and judging by this Blue Edition our patience has been well-awarded. I'm also quite pleased that they didn't mess with the drink's energy formula. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. With that said, I am greatly looking forward to reviewing the other two flavors on Addicted 2 Energy.

Saturday, March 02, 2013



RATING: 7.4 OUT OF 10. 

     The energy variant of +Red comes in the same shrink wrapped matte black bullet can with the plastic lid like the Resuce Elixir, and like the Rescue Elixir, the shrink wrap makes it look more generic, and the plastic ring makes it frustrating to open. Other than that, at least they listed the caffeine content on this one.
     Tasting identical to the sister product is well received, considering I loved the taste of the sister product. That being said, there is really nothing to write about this flavor that wasn't covered in my review of +Red Rescue Elixir. Find it, and our other reviews in the link list on the side of your screen.
     Listing the caffeine for this drink makes it so much easier to review than the previous. 150 mgs of caffeine is on par with the standard, though coming up short of reaching the average. The overall blend consists of 1034 mgs of taurine, caffeine, l-carnitine, inositol, and the mysterious red superfood, which I assume is the name sake of this drink. Overall, I received a decent 2 and a half hour kick from this drink, which is pretty good.
     +Red's second beverage slightly outshines the second, by being tasty and delivering a decent buzz. I would spend a dollar or two if I found this in the cooler on at the gas station. I recommend for all to buy this if seen, namely for the impressive flavor.
Reviewed By Dylan 


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