Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monster Rehab Rojo Tea + Energy Review

This is one of the three new Monster Rehab flavours, only available in the US for now. I picked this up from a 7-11 in Detroit for $3.


I had no idea what Rojo tea meant, but after a sip, some thinking and actually reading the label, I found out it is a fancy way of saying this drink contains Rooibos tea. The tea character of this drink is easily noticed as it creates a sort of an earthy backdrop for the rest of the flavours. There is also cranberry juice, which cannot be noticed initially, but after getting used to the tea taste, its tartness emerges...and so does a bit of dryness. The finish is where the cranberry flavour is most predominant. The aftertaste is dry and a pleasant combination of cranberries and a bit of mild earthiness.

One complaint I have is the sweetness of this drink. It is a bit sweeter than I expected and it only gets worse as you keep on drinking. Add that to the dryness of the aftertaste, and at one point you will definitely want to grab some water.

Overall, this Monster Rehab is a pretty damn good energy drink, however, because of the sweetness, I would rather buy one of the other Rehabs.


As usual no caffeine content is given directly, only an energy blend of 6,400 mg. However, after a quick search, I found out the Rehab line contains about 170 mg of caffeine per 473 mL container. The effects of this drink are comparable to the other Rehabs - starts off with a focus boost which lasts about 20-30 minutes when the caffeine gets fully absorbed. As with the other Rehabs, I did not experience any jitters and when the energy fully kicked, it lasted for about 3 to 4 hours without a crash at the end.

If you like cranberry juice or cranberries, get this Monster Rehab. If you do not enjoy cranberries, I would recommend you try one of the other Rehabs.

Cost - $3
Taste - 8.5/10
Energy - 8/10

Overall - 16.5/20...another pretty damn good Monster drink


  1. Hey great review, but Rojo means red in spainish so its really a fancy way of saying red tea. Keep up the reviews Im going out to find one right now.

  2. The Monster tea & lemonade is also an excellent Rehab drink which is refreshing like the Rojo drink. I also purchased a green tea & lemonade Rehab drink that I did not care for (not a big green tea fan)the can looked just like the regular tea & lemonade.

    We purchase the Monster drinks by the case a the warehouse stores (24-$28.00) which greatly reduces the average $3.00 a can cost at the convience stores.

  3. The only Monster energy drink I like. I tend to enjoy how sweet and dry it is.

  4. Hey, June 28, Rooibos *is* red tea. So you both are right. :-)

    I'm sipping one now and do wish it were a little less sweet and a little more tart. I love cranberries, but this is more of a sweetened cranberry flavor. If they just removed some of the sweetener, this would be perfect.