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Energy drink survey - Round Two

Round two! Since I've gone through all of the energy drinks I could find in my area, next random silliness will likely be something else entirely.

You might want to check out what the heck I'm drinking.

Top Secret Energy Drink

Can: 355ml/$2.50
Recommended dosage: 3 cans max daily (about 1 litre)
Active Ingredients: Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Guarana extract, Caffeine, Inositol, Vitamins (A, B2, B6, C, E, niacin, pantothenic acid)
Taste: Candy-ish. Very sweet.
Caffeine content: not given

Another New Zealand product (or distributed by a NZ company at any rate) The can holds the same amount of drink as the bottles as other products. What's top secret about caffeine anyway? Perhaps they mean the caffeine content is top secret.

Red Eye Gold

Bottle: 330ml/$2.99
Recommended dosage: 1 bottle per day
Active Ingredients: Caffeine, Taurine, Guarana extract, Vitamins (C, niacin B3, pantothenic acid B5, vitamin B6)
Taste: Something like cough syrup/Irish moss, but pleasently so. Someone else suggested it tasted like a shoe. The bottle says "natural and nature identical flavours"...
Caffeine content per can: 14.5mg per 100ml - about 48mg per bottle (according to the web site...)

Australian-made product. According to the web page, Red Eye also comes in "Classic", "Plus", "Platinum" and "Extreme". Although the recommended dosage is only one bottle a day, it contains less caffeine than other products do in cans. (This may apply due to the other ingredients) Personally I quite like the taste, whatever it is...

Which is fortunate, as I must have inadvertantly shaken the bottle and now my desk smells of it...

Black Stallion

Can: 355ml/$2
Recommended dosage: 3 cans per day (about a litre)
Ingredients: Taurine, Guarana extract, Minerals (Calcium chloride, magnesium sulphate, potassium chloride) Caffeine, Glucuronolactone, vitamins (niacin, pantothenic acid, B6, B12) Inositol
Taste: very sweet candy taste.
Caffeine content per can: 114mg per can (Which would be 80mg per 250ml, same as V and Red Bull, but the can's bigger)

Another product of New Zealand. I don't recall any adverts for it, but it tastes OK, and it seemed to do the trick, so I'm not complaining. And it's cheaper for the quantity.

Dirty Dog (Cola)

Can: 250ml/$1.90
Bottle: 330ml/$2.10
Recommended dosage: not given "Enjoy in moderation"
Ingredients: Guarana extract, Caffeine, Vitamin C
Taste: Unsurprisingly like a cola. More Coke than Pepsi with a slight fruit sidetaste.
Caffeine content: The bottled version says 200ppm, dunno what that is in mg...

Yet another New Zealand drink, this energy drink conveniently comes in several flavours, so if you don't like the taste of one, try another. The skimpiest of oncan information so far - basically the only nutritional information is the ingredients list, a warning it "contains caffeine" and a warning to "enjoy in moderation".

"Cactus lemonade" favoured Dirty Dog apparently has cactus extract in it. What this does for you, I'm not sure...


Bottle: 330ml/$2.70
Recommended dosage: not given
Ingredients: Guarana, Taurine, Caffeine
Taste: sharply sweet
Caffeine content: Not given

Someone spent a lot of time putting whizzing coloured spheres on the bottle and not enough putting on useful information. Other than the ingredients list, and the rather helpful information "Zero alcohol", in fact there may possibly be less information than on "Dirty Dog". It also has a bottle cap instead of the usual twist top, so it's harder to open, and you can't reseal it.

Handy Information

Black Stallion and Red Eye Gold came from a service station, the others from a dairy. As before, I wasn't particularly tired beforehand and in some cases the effects weren't entirely noticable. Oh well.

"Recommended dosage" was labeled on the can, therefore it is information given by the manufacturer. I have not listed all ingredients in each drink, just the ingredients which are supposed to have a positive effect.

It should also be noted these products have warnings about not drinking them if you are sensitive to caffeine.

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