EASE IN ACQUISITION—6
If you live in a fairly populous area, you should be able to find this at the local Fred Meyer. If not, then there’s a good chance your location might not carry it.
Nothing to write about here that I haven’t written about before. It’s nice to see a company take their packaging so dang seriously (at the expense, it seems, of other things…). The label is very tidy and well organized, the colors bright and attractive, the brown bottle nothing if not impressive, and the caffeine content is listed. Hits all the right notes in my book.
When a company decides they would like to produce their product in a certain flavor, one would think that their primary consideration would be making it taste like the flavor they’ve chosen. The first thing wrong with this shot is that it doesn’t taste a freaking thing like lemon—the closest you get is a sour sensation towards the end of the experience; for all I know it could have been vinegar in the shot. If that were the only thing wrong with it, I could envision a scenario in which this would merely merit a slap on the wrist, and I could move on. Fact of the matter is, though, that things get even worse from there. The shot is just plain nasty—bitter and ridiculously earthy and very difficult to get down. I’ve indicated this before, but I think it’s worth bringing up again—just because something is organic or all natural or in the raw or whatever doesn’t mean it has to taste bad. I’ve had plenty in the food and beverage department that has been nothing short of fantastic, and it’s been pulled off without compromising the principles the preparers/producers have regarding healthy nutrition. That said, there is really no excuse for something of this caliber in the flavor department.
Funny thing I’ve noticed about these shots is that their performance is pretty average if you’re using these for anything but rigorous physical activity—enough to wake you up, but not a whole lot beyond that. But when you take one of these before a long run—man, they pep you up. I’m not sure what makes the difference, but it’s significant enough that I can safely say that every organic-minded, taste bud-deficient, rich and exercise-savvy individual will find something to appreciate in them.
Regardless of what you use it for, you can count on three hours of energy out of these, after which no crash should be expected.
THE SHOT OVERALL—6
I liked the kick, but not enough to fork out another $4.00 for something that tastes so bad. Overall, I’d find something else to supply your caffeine buzz and pass over this line altogether.
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