Saturday 21 March 2015

Today's Review: Rockstar Blueberry Pomegranate Acai Energy Water

When it comes to energy drinks, Rockstar is perhaps the brand with the most odd and sickly flavours, from bubblegum to "electric fruit", and its cans are always garishly kitted out with intense colours and massive stars. But now it seems they're going for a more healthy image, with the release of these new "Energy Water" cans. So instead of the cluttered, teenager pleasing cans, we now have these clinical looking, buzz word filled containers. It's good to know that we can now enjoy a "sparkling energy water", I assume that the previous offerings were some kind of energy tar or oil.

Energy Water comes in two nutritious sounding flavours, either a solitary peach, or a much more interesting blueberry pomegranate acai. In the end, though, it doesn't really matter how many super fruits they throw into the title, because the drink certainly doesn't contain any of them. The only ingredients present in here are water, sugar, taurine, acid, flavourings and caffeine, with a few vitamins thrown in for good measure. So it this drink good for you? No, but it does contain less sugar than your regular can of Rockstar, so it's probably the lighter option if you need that sugary hit. But enough about the perceived health benefits of a caffeine and sugar laden drink, how does it taste?

Well, it's alright. The blueberry flavour is at the forefront, and it's certainly a very bold one, but it doesn't taste particularly clean. There's a nice hint of pomegranate in there too, but overall it does get quite sickly rather quickly. Despite having less sugar, this drink does taste very sweet, so while it certainly has a cleaner taste than the regular Rockstar offerings, it just ends up tasting like any other energy drink, certainly not the healthy "energy water" that it's striving to be. Still, this is certainly nicer than most of the syrup-like energy drinks Rockstar has brought out before, the drinks actually tastes like the fruits it's trying to emulate, and it was quite refreshing. But in the end, it's just alright. I'd still go for a Relentless or Monster if given the chance.

My rating: 3/5

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