Caffiend: Killer Buzz
So what makes an energy drink stand out from the copious herds these days? The one thing all of them are supposed to have in common is a formula that includes sugar and B vitamins; they all provide some sort of energy rush, whether sustained (that'd be thanks to the B vitamins) or quick (a cheap and brief sugar rush). Since the effect is essentially the same, we are left with just one (albeit very important) measuring stick of an energy drink's quality: taste.
For starters, it tastes pretty good, similar to regular Monster Energy (the green label), which I think is the best-tasting energy drink on the market right now. For those who have never tasted Monster, it resembles a super-fruity, carbonated green apple soda. Killer Buzz has the same green apple taste, but it's much more sugary, and has an aftertaste that's kind of like chewing on mini-marshmallows.
But wait -- what's this? A gram of protein? Protein in my energy drink! Awesome. How?
Well, the recipe for Killer Buzz actually includes something a little different: a proprietary blend of 17 amino acids known as "GHAA." That sounds really cool until you learn GHAA stands for "Giant Hornet Amino Acid," which is not the same amino acid that humans produce and consume. In fact, GHAA is a synthetic version (i.e., somebody made it in a lab) of secretions of giant hornet larvae, which the adult hornets usually eat. In other words, I'm drinking imitation hornet larvae puke. Mmm.
I guess that wouldn't be so bad if there was a noticeable boost in my energy level. But honestly, I didn't feel any differently than if I had drank a can of Red Bull to get some wings to go with my hornet buzz.
In summation, the energy boost of Killer Buzz is pretty standard, and the taste is slightly above average. It's unlikely this drink will give Red Bull or Monster any real competition, but it's certainly better than say, a can of sugar water that sells for $3 just because it has Ed Hardy's art mass-produced on the front.