Good night anti-energy drink was one of the more tasty relaxation beverages I have ever had the pleasure to try. While there have been many good anti-energy drinks I have found made in the US, this is the best anti-energy dink Bratislava, Slovakia, has to offer. Actually, this drink is made in Austria – home of Red Bull – not that there is a HUGE difference or anything. In fact, unlike Into2, all those drinks by Prilabs and the dozens of private knock off energy drinks made in Austria and imported all the way to a US company, Good Night is manufactured a cool 2 and a half hours from their base in Bratislava.
I am not sure if Good Night is sold yet in the USA. This one came to me in a bubble-wrapped envelope sent from Europe. Seeing the condition of the can when I got it out of the package, it must have been one hell of a trip. But as good as this is, chances are it is only a matter of time before we can find this here as well. As relaxation beverages go, this one is mellow enough to not get a whole lot of USDA scrutiny, is melatonin free and looks cute as a button too!
It is nice and clean, using a bubble Futura font that reminds me of the board books my kids used to read when they were little. Adding the moon and stars to this is the perfect touch on a lovely package. Because this drink is sold in the EU, they put their ingredients listing all sorts of different languages. For all that text, they still managed to make a very good looking can.
I really have a thing against drink cans with a plastic wrap around them, like how Boston America comes out with 5 dozen movie-and-TV-themed drinks and slaps a new label onto a can and calls it new. Many private label energy drink companies do that too – just wrap a product’s brand printed on a plastic sleeve around an energy drink and heat wrap it on there. This is not only very cheap, but makes it so you can print good looking graphics on your can. The problem is it also makes your drink look like crap too. The labels can come off – they peel if they get a tear, they fade badly, and bubbles or wrinkles that leave you with a bare aluminum can are common.
This is another shrink wrapped can, but with one noticeable difference. Unlike the ones I have encountered before, the label does not rip easily or peel off. The shrink-wrapped label actually helped preserve the look of the can – as it came a little dented. The plastic wrap smoothed out those dents and helped make Good Night still nice and readable. If Boston America and the other private label companies used the same technique, I might have to change my way of thinking about shrink wrapped energy drinks.
I did not expect Good Night to taste like this – although in honesty I can not imagine of what I was thinking this should taste like. While other anti-energy drinks went for either a non-carbonated route or something citrus, this tasted all cool and creamy – the perfect flavor for just mellowing out and relaxing. This tastes soft – like a lemon custard and a little fizzy. The flavor tasted a quite a bit like the candy called Bottlecaps, with a whole lot of vanilla and a hint of fruit. There was a touch of herbal notes to it, but it adds to the uniqueness of the flavor.
Nutritionally, I like what Good Night has going for it. They use no preservatives, and is sweetened with sugar – so it is a bit more caloric but also tastier and less heavy than if they used high fructose corn syrup.
This has some very low-grade sleepy stuff in it. While there are a whole lot of anti-energy drinks now with Melatonin, this has gone the more natural rout of using Valerian, Rose Hips and a touch of Lavender. I really liked how this made me mellow, without me feeling like someone just turned me off, like melatonin drinks do.
That means that the anti-buzz is also something more undefinable. I certainly felt more relaxed about 15 minutes after I drank this little eight ounce can down, but I did not feel like I could not function or that I was passing out from it either. I could easily knock one of these down every day from work just to mellow out for the evening. I am not sure this should even be called Good Night. If I had more than one to try I would have liked one in the afternoon stress time, beofre my kids swim meet – or anytime I needed a little more mellow.