Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blue Sky Juiced Energy

I've never heard of Blue Sky, but finding it in a Whole Foods Market probably means it's got something wholesome or natural about it. Indeed, on the can, it says Juiced Energy: Natural Energy + Juice. I'm rarely put off by artificial ingredients, since they're so common today, but for those interested in all-natural products, this is probably a good choice. Sometimes I find natural drinks to be weaker than others, but it doesn't appear so in this case; Blue Sky packs a pretty sizeable dose of energy supplements. By the red-orange can, I'm predicting a citrusy flavor, but who knows?

I take delight in the smell Juiced offers -- a sweet, crisp juicy flavor that reminds me right away of a Monster Khaos or M80. The color is a bright peachy-orange with a bit of cloudiness from the juice. I'm tasting apple, orange, pear juice, pineapple juice, tangerine, juice, and white grape juice. This tastes very much like the Lost Five-0; it's a juicy blend containing all of the same juices. Crisp and smooth, the multitude of juices come together making a unique and addicting combination that would not be easy to identify. However, those familiar with the juicy Monsters and the Lost Five-0 will recognize this right off the bat. Juiced Energy is uniquely bright and sweet, due to the use of good ol' Sucrose as a sweetener. The whole thing washes down with a bit of sourness, and the flavor is a bit on the heavy side. Though gumminess is moderate in the drink, every sip is deliciously full-bodied and fruity. I think this classic mix of juices is made to compete with some big-brand flavors, and it does extremely well. In a blind taste test, it could easily be mistaken for one of the drinks previously mentioned.

The energy ingredients in this go right to work and they're getting me giddy. Much like a Monster, this is one of those drinks where the kick is more like a high. Halfway through the drink, I'm not just full of energy, but also in a pretty great mood. It could just be me, but any drink that does that is a winner in my book. To put it simply, I'd say the boost you'll get from this drink is close to a Monster, and that's saying a lot. Anyway, the ingredients list is as follows:

Filtered Carbonated Water, Sucrose, Apple Concentrate, Orange Concentrate, Glucose, Pear Concentrate, Peach Concentrate, Tangerine Concentrate, Pineapple Concentrate, Taurine, White Grape Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ginseng Extract, Grape Skin Extract, L-Carnitine, Natural Caffeine, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinimide, Sodium Chloride, Inositol, Glucuronolactone, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Maltodextrin, and Cyanocobalamin.

The first thing that I notice is that this drink is sweetened not with HFCS, but bright, delicious Sucrose and Glucose. This makes huge sense in a drink that's all natural. You can also see early on all the flavors going into the mix, the apple, orange, pear, peach, tangerine, pineapple, and white grape. I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of those flavors were in Lost's Five-O. The energy ingredients include 1000mg of Taurine per serving, 200mg of Panax Ginseng per serving, and a 2200mg energy blend consisting of L-Carnitine, Glucose, Caffeine, Inositol, Glucuronolactone, and Maltodextrin. L-Carnitine, consisting of amino acids, is a great focus-lending agent, and Inositol and Glucuronolactone add to the intensity of the kick. Overall, I think this drink excels in taste and boost. The fact that it's natural is just a bonus.

Taste: 8.8 - Delicious blend of juices that rivals a Khaos or Five-O
Kick: 8.6 - A balanced kick nearly on par with that of a Monster
Overall: 8.7 - The fact that this drink is made with natural sugar easily makes it a go-to drink

Reviewed by: Jeff


Energy Shot said...

an excellent taste with pumping energy, i would surely recommend you blue sky juiced energy

Anonymous said...

The only thing I wanted to know was how much caffeine one full can of, Blue Sky Juiced Energy, drink has in. And, that question was not answered! People need to know that!


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