Monster Energy : Ultra Peachy Keen

Monster Energy : Ultra Peachy Keen

Peach has sneakily become one of my favorite artificial fruit flavors. The real thing; a fresh juicy peach; is also a treat, but this Energy drink, which has “zero sugar”, is also “0% juice”.

In regard to taste, it goes down as easily one of the best Monsters while the can reminisces upon The Summer Of Love; not the BLM/Antifa riots of 2020 but the hippie movement of 1967.

my rating : 4 of 5

Chiki Tropical Water : Strawberry And Lemon

Chiki Tropical Water : Strawberry And Lemon

As impressive as the ingredients list may be; it includes flowers and the word “organic” appears ten times; plain water is healthier. Is it tastier? I guess that depends. Strawberry is one of the best fruits in that regards, but Lemon leaves a lot to be desired. Not that the flavor is akin to either. This tastes like sweet tea to me.

my rating : 3 of 5

Reign Inferno : Watermelon Warlord

Reign Inferno : Watermelon Warlord

They should’ve called this one Strawberry Bubblegum. That’s what the flavor, which tastes artificial though the can, while admitting there’s “0% juice”, insists it isn’t, brings to mind. I can’t detect any Watermelon. Perhaps the Warlord is having an identity crisis. There is, however, a whopping 300 milligrams of “natural” caffeine.

my rating : 3 of 5

Rip It [ Sugar Free ] : Citrus X

Rip It [ Sugar Free ] : Citrus X

They should’ve just called this Orange. It’s no mystery. That’s the Citrus fruit it tastes like the most. The “energy fuel”, its promo suggests, “Pairs well with breakfast, pizza, and setting up camp in a cave of grizzlies after hiking for 24 hours.” I prefer it at home, not with but after a meal, when I’d rather work on something thru the night instead of going to sleep.

my rating : 3 of 5

Rip It [ Sugar Free ] : Tribute

Rip It [ Sugar Free ] : Tribute

The flavor here is a blend of “active” mandarin (orange) and “live wild” lime; one of the best fruits and one of the worst. An energy drink based on just the former could be a welcomed addition to the Rip It collection, though the taste would nonetheless be dampered by the overwhelming sting of carbonation. The concept is a Tribute to “our troops”. The brand is apparently a favorite in the US Army.

my rating : 3 of 5

Rip It [ Sugar Free ] : Power

Rip It [ Sugar Free ] : Power

The name suggests this Rip It would be appropriate to consume before a boxing match or weightlifting competition; any physical activity that relies on Power. According to the promo, it “packs the unique flavor of what we imagine a sonic boom tastes like”. In fact it tastes like a standard Energy drink.

my rating : 3 of 5

audio review : In A Major Way ( album ) … E-40

audio review : In A Major Way ( album ) ... E-40

Listen to Da Bumble. It’s one long verse and it showcases just how unique E-40 is when it comes to rapping. It’s not really a matter of substance. His ghetto gab isn’t particularly clever or witty. It’s how he says what he says; his flamboyant flow and slangy style; that makes it both funny and addictive.

E-40 is the dope boy, after all, providing street drugs to the masses. This album offers back-to-back fixes until about halfway when the quality suddenly drops, mostly due to weak hooks. That’s when you start to realize that, though better than his Federal debut, it would’ve been better as another EP.

my rating : 4 of 5

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