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Bang Energy Drink Review (Champagne Cola & Lemon Drop)

How many bad puns and play on words can you make with your favorite energy drink?  Unleash the Monster, Amped up, Party like a Rockstar, Alter My DNA.  Well guess what?  VPX has a new drink that’ll put all those to shame.  The designation: Bang.  Your choices: Lemon Drop and Champagne Cola.

Bang

Let’s keep track of just how many times I irrelevantly work a play on the word “bang”  throughout this review.

My co-workers touted this drink for some time, with one of them saying it made him feel like he could climb Mount Everest.  Bang me up, buddy, cause I’m game!  I suppose the upward bullet on the can is supposed to indicate how high you’ll feel.  What it doesn’t tell you is that the space between the bullet and the VPX logo is probably how close your body will get to a caffeine overdose.  Seriously.  Each can has 357 milligrams of caffeine, “more than three cups of coffee.”  To put that in even more perspective, an 8.46 ounce can of Red Bull has 80, while a full can of regular Monster has 160.  And somehow the drink has no calories, no fat, no sugar and, needless to say (and proudly stated on the bottle), “contains no fruit juice.”  Bada-boom, bada-BANG!

My first venture to the drink was with the Champagne Cola, which honestly sounds like something to cater to women.  Two sips into the can and I was already feel more kick than most energy drinks provide in their entirety.  Halfway through I could feel my body hitting the pinnacle of their now-overworked alarms.  Now I can tell people about how I got banged one day at work.

Champagne Cola

Somehow, even with all that caffeine, the drink is very clear.  What’s even crazier is that the taste definitely isn’t champagne or cola-like, but more like a light mix of Monster and the bubble gum flavor of Rockstar Sugar-free.  But like I said, this drink really banged me hard within the first 8 ounces, so I set the rest aside for later.  After I settled back down, I decided to rejoice myself, see if it would still provide a nice final kick.  Oddly enough, I was unaffected.  It was like all the caffeine came to me at once, which wouldn’t be too surprising.  I do like the way it tastes since it’s similar to that off energy drink flavor, but it’s less offensive.  On one hand, I can easily see myself choosing this flavor for a nice kick.  However, frequently seeking this much caffeine probably isn’t the wisest decision in the world.

Lemon Drop

Next we have Lemon Drop, which my co-workers have swarmed to.  One of them described it as tasting just like Sprite, and I can see why.  I’d say it’s closer to a Diet Sierra Mist flavor, since it has that off, sugarless flavor that’s characteristic of diet soda.  I’m not sure if it was my recent exposure to Champagne Cola first or the off-putting aftertaste, but Lemon Drop didn’t do much for me.  While I felt a bit more upbeat, I’d compare it to the mild effects of Mountain Dew Kickstart and Monster Ultra Zero.  Everyone I’ve spoken to said they preferred Lemon Drop, which is fine by me, since that’ll leave more for me to happily bang.  At least, until the cans run out (again).

 

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Southern Comfort 100 Proof Liqueur Review

Personal note: My internet has been completely out the past week (thanks to terrible service and prices on AT&T and Comcast’s parts) and it won’t be restored until this coming Saturday at the earliest.  So until then it’s just my phone and occasional time at my friend’s place.

My experience with Southern Comfort has been a bit, how might you say, inconsistent.  The original batch is easily one of the sweetest hard alcohols you’ll find.  It makes sense, since even the 100 proof variant says that it’s a liqueur (go ahead, check the bottle).  For all its syrupy sweetness, Southern Comfort can be a very enjoyable drink on its own.  I even tried a sip of the Fiery Pepper variant and found it rather stomachable.  Now the Black Cherry flavor, that’s one which will forever live in infamy among my (empty) collection.

But I’m able to cast a putrid drink aside if other offerings are solid.  And since I’m a sucker for drinks that are intense and/or high in proof, I decided to grab a 100 proof bottle.  I figure it’ll either have more burn or less of sweet factor, which might make cocktails using 70 proof SoCo a bit more interesting.

The dark purple label and noticeably dimmer color help distinguish this bottle, not unlike Captain Morgan 100 Proof (though to more success).  To my surprise, upon opening the bottle, the scent isn’t terribly imposing.  On the nose I’m beginning to get some Black Cherry deja vu, bringing some ripe anxiety to the table.

I take a sip and the sweet flavor almost immediately gives way to the burn of the alcohol.  It very quickly goes from that heavy, almost dark peach flavor to the tangling burn of a comforting liquor as it massages your chest.  The drink is still very sweet, yet less dominant and cordial; in other words, it feels a bit more adult.  There’s still no mistaking this for an actual bourbon, and one shot of this can definitely leave your throat and mouth dry.  Whether the extra $5 is worth the climb is a question of personal preference.  If less sweetness and higher potency is what you want out of SoCo, then this is a viable option.  But if you enjoy SoCo the way it is, then I can think of little to persuade you to make a permanent jump up the proof ladder.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Alcohol, Blog, Review

 

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Shoutout Blog

In lieu of Weekly Stumblings, I’m providing a shoutout for a few blogs and reviewers I follow and recommend.  You may follow a few of these already, others might be new to you.  Either way, this will give you an idea of what keeps me coming back and checking the internet.

The Impulsive Buy: This is probably the most popular of my shoutouts, and with good reason.  This food and drink site has gone as far as releasing many of their reviews in an e-book.  In addition to a plethora of reviews thanks to their wonderfully talented staff, they let followers play their part in the Spotted on Shelves section, which lets us know what items to keep an eye out for on shelves.  Also, if you have your own blog or website, they might give you recognition in their Week in Reviews section, where their reviews and others across the internet are given some attention.  The Impulsive Buy is really an all-encompassing site that the fatty in you should have no trouble falling in love with.

http://www.theimpulsivebuy.com/

Candy Blog: The aptly titled Candy Blog is also very comprehensive, offering what you’d expect from a blog of said name.  They haven’t been posting nearly as much recently, but their archives seem nearly endless, with almost every regular candy item having already received a review or some form of recognition.

http://www.candyblog.net/

On Second Scoop: In many ways, On Second Scoop could be argued as the quintessential ice cream blog, despite missing a few essential flavors or selections.  Nevertheless, the blog has held a good run and continues to update at least twice per week.  Be sure to check these guys out.

http://www.onsecondscoop.com/

The Ice Cream Informant: Of all the shoutouts here, I’d say The Ice Cream Informant is the most overlooked.  This one-person blog updates every other day to almost every day, providing plenty of reviews for eye-catching ice creams while being arguably the most up-to-date ice cream blogger I’ve found.  It’s a shame comments are so scarce for this blog, because it deserves more attention and discussion.  Definitely check this blog out, especially if you’re an ice cream fan (which means ALL OF YOU!).

http://www.theicecreaminformant.com/

Freezerburns: Greg of Freezerburns has been supplying reviews for frozen foods for well over 500 episodes and has gradually grown to have a bit of a presence on YouTube.  Referred to as the “frozen food master,” he’s given his own take on the convenient but generally subpar selections in the freezer aisles.  Additionally, he took part in the Food Stamp Challenge recently, where he survived off $20 of food for five days.  If you haven’t already and want to know where your $2-$5 should go for frozen foods, definitely have a look through his videos.

http://www.freezerburns.com/wordpress/

http://www.youtube.com/user/Freezerburnsdotcom

Mark Kermode: Now we’re moving into film reviewer territory with Mark Kermode, who I just recently came across thanks to YouTube reviewer recommendations.  Mark is the exact definition of a wholesome, professional critic who knows his vocabulary as well as his movies.  His thoughts on movies are less reviews and more impressions and almost thematic observations, which gives him a nice edge compared to his peers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/

Chris Stuckmann: Like other video bloggers on YouTube, Chris has done well to come into his comfort zone, offering a fairly steady stream of movie reviews that always start with a brilliant opening.  Like other film reviewers I’m mentioning here, he usually gets to see early screenings which, combined with the fact he feels less like a critic and more like an everyday person, makes him an ideal go-to reviewer.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisStuckmann

Jeremy Jahns: Jeremy is in a similar boat to Chris with how his reviews have come into their own.  On occasional he’ll provide a videogame review or reporting from a convention, but he’s most often recognized as a film reviewer.  In many ways he’s more composed and maybe professional than Chris but both are terrific sources to tide you over (or make waiting around more grueling) for hotly anticipated movies.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JeremyJahns

Schmoes Know: And finally we have Schmoes Know, who provide probably the most movie reviews of anyone I’ve suggested here.  I’m not as big a fan of them as the above three, but they’re still very entertaining and, similar to Siskel and Ebert (and Roeper), the fact we always have both of them reviewing the same movie means they can play off each other very well.  They’re humorous and an enjoyable duo, so I give them a full recommendation.

http://www.youtube.com/user/schmoesknow

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Blog, Review

 

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