Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tapout Energy Papaya Green Tea Review

Yep, this is the new Tapout, which I stumbled upon doing some grocery shopping at the local Foodland. Surprisingly they were selling these energy drinks for only $1.99 as opposed to $2.99 at 7-11.


The drink does taste like sweetened green tea, but the papaya flavour is very dull and gets lost behind the sweetness, carbonation and the citric kick, which gives the drink an overall citrus flavour rather than papaya. The only times the papaya is noticeable is at the start of each sip, right before the carbonation hits the tongue and bubbles start popping. The mild flavour makes a second appearance in the finish and this time there is no carbonation to chase it away.

The drink is as carbonated as any other energy drink and I think this is a huge mistake when you are dealing with tea as a base. I would have enjoyed this Tapout energy drink a lot more if it was non-carbonated and perhaps just a tad less sweet. Speaking of sweet, the sweetness from this drink builds up with each sip and is especially noticeable in the aftertaste.


As expected there are 200 mg of caffeine jammed in this can and the initial effects take about 10 minutes. I had a late night and a short sleep so when I got up this morning I was very tired. Soon after I took a few large gulps of this, I was awake and sort of focused without any of the standard jitters.

The rest of the drink creeps up on you and the full effect takes about an extra 20-30 minutes. When it kicks in, you are in for a solid 3 hour ride without the horrific crash at the end.

Cost - $1.99 from Foodland
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 8.6/10

Overall - 16.6/20...I would have liked this much better if it was non-carbonated, but other than that it is another solid Tapout energy drink

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