Friday, April 6, 2012
Rockstar Rehab Coconut Water Energy Drink Review
Coconut water has been getting very popular lately. Just yesterday I was walking through Metro and seeing boxes and boxes of unpacked coconut water drinks in all sizes. I also saw a display of coconut water and how it was nature's energy drink...or something along those lines. If you go down any international or drink isle, you will most likely see at least 5 different brands of coconut water in 3 different types of packages. I like real coconut water, but I don't enjoy many of the new drinks that have sugar added to coconut water and other ingredients. I wasn't too thrilled to try this Rockstar, but it being a new Rockstar I had to.
Also, what is the deal with the name Rehab? Rockstar already copied Monster's Protean with Xdurance. Why use the same name now too? Did Rockstar forget their Rehab line is called Recovery?
The taste is pretty much bang on what I expected - coconut water with sugar and extra coconut flavour to boost the taste. The moment it touched my tongue an image of Bounty chocolate bars appeared in my head. Get rid of the chocolate and this is what this drink tastes like - sweetened, shredded coconut. And since the flavour is so powerful and there are no other additives, this is pretty much the only thing you can taste while drinking. The aftertaste, though, is a different story. You get coconut flavour on its own for a while, but give it a few minutes and a subtle coffee note will emerge. It is very mild, but I thought it was noticeable.
I am glad Rockstar used sugar and not sweetener, because I can only image how bad this will taste with a sweetener note in the taste and in the aftertaste. That said, I think there is a bit too much sugar for me. Had this been a little closer to what real coconut water tastes like, I would be going out right now to buy a few more cans for the long weekend.
Overall, I find this to be one of the better coconut water drinks, but I still prefer the taste of the real coconut water. If you like coconut water beverages and want to get some extra energy, this is a no brainer - get this drink, you will like it.
You can always depend on Rockstar to find 160 mg of caffeine in their cans. This bad boy will wake you up within 10 or so minutes and might give you a jittery feeling thanks to the sugar. However, the jitters will go away quickly and the rest of the kick will be fairly gradual.
I got about 3-4 hours of productive energy out of the drink without a crash. Why do I say productive? Well, I was brewing in the morning so therefore I had to be focused, on top of things and just needed a lot of energy to lift things and carry ingredients around. This helped me do everything.
Cost - $2.99 from 7-11
Taste - 8.5/10
Energy - 8/10
Overall - 16.5/20...decent taste, great kick, a bit confused by the name