Sunday, August 25, 2013



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. 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.

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