I have a love hate relationship with my vegetable juice. Campbells is a huge multinational congomerate company who never calls you back, rarely answers emails and is generally unhelpful when you want to talk with a human being. This is only a real problem because I am desperately in love with V8, possibly one of the most brilliant and unique drinks ever made. No matter if other brands have their ‘vegetable juice’, they are pale comparisons to the real thing. V8 is the perfect drinks for both making Bloody Marys or recovering from Bloody Marys. It is a real food made from real veggies This is why I wasSO EXCITED that they were going to come out with an energy drink!
So after many calls, emails and zero response for a sample, after a lot of searching I found a 7-11 selling them and jumped at the chance. They cost even more than a 5 Hour Energy, but I felt like it could be worth it. V8 has had some real losers trying to capitalize on their name. V8 Splash is just and expensive Kool Aid with some vitamin C – not even made from 100% juice. I was pretty happy to see this was 100%juice, which meant it might have the chance for greatness.
I liked the uniqueness of the energy shot – arriving in a barbell-shaped bottle, with a big ENERGY written at least four times on the package. They still got their logo and a bunch of other stuff on here (some carrots and strawberries, a starburst of green and a very easy to read package.
Unfortunately, there was no listing of caffeine, and really there was only the word caffeine hidden in the middle of the ingredients. Pretty weak that they felt the need to hide their caffeine – not even bothering to list it in their nutritional label. They did print in the smallest font ever that there is “about as much caffeine as in a premium cup of coffee”, but we all know that is about as much help as saying your dinner is found with only small traces of poison. Sometimes knowing how much would actually be nice.
So after the disappointment of the non-listing of the caffeine, and the work to get it, I was a bit skeptical of how this would taste. On opening, I smelled a Flintstones grape chewable vitamin, which can be very tasty. As long as they did not go for a 5-hour-energy taste I would be happy enough, but after drinking a huge mouthful I was completely blown away by the flavor! V8 Energy shot has the consistency of an original V8,in that ist was thick and a little chunky – but certainly not in a bad way. It reminded me a whole lot like those Juvex Nectars you can find in Mexican grocery stores. The flavor was nothing like V8 though.
It was really like nothing I have had before in an energy shot – like a thick and sweet fruit cocktail, full of natural fruitiness and strong natural flavor. This is one of the best energy drink I have tasted, and if I found this for cheaper I would not hesitate picking up more.
I would pick up more just because you would probably need to drink 3 of these to feel anything too. While (more) repeated calls to the company ended with them refusing to tell me how much caffeine their product has (it turns out that no-one in their call center has any idea, and the people whomight know refuse to call and tell anyone), I felt not even a little buzz from this drink. It might have made me a bit perkier, but I would say if you were feeling tired to go for something a bit more powerful. My guess is there is about 80-120mg of caffiene in here.
However, there is also apples, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, raspberries, and blackberries in here as well, providing a serious dose of Vitamin C (100%), plus a little bit of vitamin B,E,and A too. While there are 50 calories in this small shot – seeing as it is made from 100% juice, this is expected. While I think this light energy drink is a fun idea, I am not sure who they are trying to reach. For the premium cost of one of these shots, I would have hoped for something stronger and more powerful – or with a more serious dose of vitamins and minerals. It just seems to weak a blend to really capture the audience they are looking for.