Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Guayaki Yerba Mate Classic Gold

Guayaki's Yerba Mate Classic Gold is an energy drink I have been after for years. I have seen and tried all the flavored ones (Mint, Lemon, Berry), but for some reason none of the stores around me sold the Classic Gold...until now. I found a can of this at Essence of Life in Kensington Market for the very reasonable price of $2.29.


Sweet cola and lemon aromas permeate through the narrow can opening that I cannot resist. The flavor is moderately citrusy at first with notes of cola, which intensify within moments. Earthy yerba mate notes come in after the cola and dominate the palate well into the finish. Some ginger also appears in the aftertaste and gives the sides of your mouth a tingle.

The sweetness is well balanced, the flavors follow one another and though the yerba mate character is present, there are other flavors that offer a nice balance and make this drink appealing to a wider audience.


There are 120 mg of caffeine in the can. The effects can be felt within 5-10 minutes with the start of a slow and gentle focus period. I felt starting to feel awake and within another 5 minutes I was awake and very focused without any jitters or negative side effects.

The energy boost lasted for about 2-3 hours and it never felt too much like other sugary energy drinks. The end was without negative side effects like a crash. Great kick.

Cost - $2.29
Taste - 9/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 16/20...great balance of flavors, very focused kick without the jitters

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