EASE IN ACQUISITION—3
Limited. If you live on the West Coast and have a lot of Circle K stores nearby, check there; in Washington only one out of 10 seemed to carry these.
If you’ve read my review for Aeroshot’s Green Apple shot, you can skip this section and go on to the taste. All I’ve done here is copy my aesthetic/functional assessment of that; I didn’t see the point in trying to rewrite everything below.
Aesthetically, this is quite drab. The only reason it catches your attention is for the image of the unique administration inhaler thing on front, but it’s not enough to keep your interest after seeing the $2.99 price tag, and you move on—unless, of course, you happen to have entered into the gas station with a sibling who, having heard that these are really bad, is more than willing to fund the review of all three flavors.
As far as function is concerned, this is an absolute disaster. I assume the idea behind going the weird powder inhaler thingy route is convenience/ease of administration, but…it’s neither convenient nor easy. Opening it’s a cinch, but from there it’s not like you can dump it out in your mouth or anything—you’re supposed to “Draw [it] into your mouth”—which basically means trying to suck it in just using the power of your cheeks, all the while trying to keep from aspirating it—which isn’t as easy as it sounds. To top it off, it took me a couple of minutes to get it all out (spurt by spurt), so even if you manage to not inhale it, it takes you so long that you might as well go with an energy drink or shot (as soon as I find one that I really like, I’ll let you know)—heck, downing a BFC Monster is more convenient than this.
Bottom line is the idea’s a complete bust. Better make a powder that you can mix into water or a shot or something like that—but this was just terrible.
The raspberry flavored powder in this particular inhaler thing is, I must admit, a couple steps up from the green apple flavor, which had me ingesting it over the sink in the increasingly likely event of a disaster. The raspberry is actually convincing and pleasant while it lasts; the problem is that it exists on a miniscule island of palpability in the middle of a vast ocean of bitterness and general yuckiness—for long periods before and after I was experiencing the same extreme disgust I felt when I (laboriously) took down all .01 oz of the green apple powder, but in the middle, when I could actually taste the raspberry flavor, I actually kind of enjoyed it. Still not worth the swim through the ocean of evil, though.
That said, if I had the chance to get this kind of boost without feeling like I was paying too much only to consume salt and other detritus left over from dehydrating the devil’s sweat, because the boost was pretty decent—slow to get started, sure, but I loved being at just the right level of alertness and only feeling a bit on the jittery side. Nice place to be when you’re trying to get things done.
Got just shy of four hours of energy out of this, after which there was no perceptible crash.
THE SHOT OVERALL—6
Does it taste better than Aeroshot Energy—Green Apple? Yes. Is the functionality worth the flavor or the price? No. I have absolutely no plans on ever picking this up again, unless, of course, Aeroshot decides to work on making a version that is more palpable and of a better value—in which case I would be happy to review the updated product.
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