Sunday, June 22, 2008

BooKoo Wild Berry

Boy, was I ecstatic when I got the BooKoo Wild Berry. I've heard so many good things from this drink and I knew that when I found it, I was sure to be in for something good. This is the second of our many BooKoo (Carbonated) energy drink reviews to come, so check in daily with the website and possibly our Best Taste, Best Kick, and Worst Taste lists. BooKoo, I believe, is one of the best energy drink companies around, in terms of a boost and taste. I also admire BooKoo's can design, having a black background, with purple flames encompassing the word BooKoo, which is filled in with blue and outlined in purple. 'Wild Berry' is stretched in white font above BooKoo and 'Energy' is stretched under BooKoo. I apologize for making this paragraph short, but I'm too excited and must open up the can. Here it goes.

I dramatically opened the can to reveal an aromatic flowery wild berry scent, consisting of a somewhat artificial raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and a bit of pear and apple. I was surprised to see a dark pink color, almost purple as it mellowly flew out of the dark-colored can. I must say, this is one energy drink unlike many others I've tried and reviewed, here on Canned Reviews. Instead of having an energy drink that monotonously flows into the mouth, BooKoo Wild Berry wrestles your tongue to the ground and has an in-your-face strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and apple flavor. After almost half way through the can, I noticed some tasty sourness to go along with the smooth berry flavor. I'm really upset to say that the aftertaste is what separates this drink from the drinks on the Best Taste List. The aftertaste seems to be that of a dull, crude berry syrup, most likely due to the HFCS amount in this drink. When I first took a sip of this BooKoo, the first thing that popped to my head was a strawberry and grape soda, put together, except less carbonation. But speaking of carbonated, BooKoo is just a bit more carbonated than a Red Bull, Rockstar, or Monster, which isn't too much of a nuisance. I haven't had a drink with gumminess for awhile now, so maybe it's just me, but I think there's some gumminess. Overall, I knew I was in for an awesome tasting drink, but BooKoo Wild Berry just missed the Best Taste List.

I was a bit shocked when I glanced at the ingredients list to find almost nothing! It has carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium benzoate, natural flavor, caffeine, glucuronolactone, inositol, red 40 and blue 1. That's basically all the ingredients, pretty simple. Per can, you get only about an average 220 calories, and only about 54g of carbs, that's not too bad for such a sweet drink. The amount of caffeine is undisclosed in this BooKoo, but the taurine count is 2,000mg, just about average. BooKoo's motto is Live Big, and trust me, with BooKoo, everyone is happy; you can't beat the taste. For.60 cents, you'd better stock up on these beasts at Big Lots, whether you like it or not, try out every flavor, you won't regret it. For once in my reviewing times here on Canned Reviews I predicted the level of greatness I was expect from this BooKoo. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from BooKoo, but I was expecting fine drink that would for sure impress me. All in all, do NOT miss out on this BooKoo Wild Berry, it's smooth berry taste will perform an awesome show in your mouth.

Taste: 8.8 - A great wild berry taste, most likely the best I've ever had
Kick: 9 - The kick is a mix between focus and jitteriness, but mostly jitteriness
Overall: 8.9 - I would definitely buy it again, although there could be some improvements made

Reviewed by: Chan

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