Kaboom! and Revive are two new limited-edition energy drinks from V and Mother, respectively. Here’s the obligatory taste-test from Lifehacker’s resident caffeine expert Chris Jager.
It’s always a very special day when a new energy drink comes out. At least, it is to me. (Some people get excited about new car models; I prefer the simpler things in life.) On the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised by the introduction of not one, but two new limited-edition flavours: V Kaboom! And Mother Revive. For energy drink addicts like myself, this is like Christmas and News Year’s Eve landing on the same day.
In a curious marketing snafu, the predominant colour on both cans is white, which implies some kind of cross-flavouring promotion. In reality, the design choice was purely coincidental and the products actually taste nothing alike.
As has become de rigueur for “Xtreme!”-style energy drinks, both Kaboom! and Revive have flavour-free names that give zero indication as to what the beverage actually tastes like. In other words, you’re forced to play Russian Roulette with your taste buds. Luckily, this is something I derive a sick thrill from.
Kaboom! falls into the same syrupy category as “Not Orange”, which is to say some people will find it too sweet. Apart from that one caveat, it’s actually not too bad. Like all V drinks, the chief flavour of Kaboom! is hard to define — the first sip has a citrusy element, but this quickly gives way to a sugary wallop that reminded me of those 20 cent bubble gum sticks that used to come with temporary rub-on tattoos. This gives the flavour a sprinkling of nostalgia that any ex-lolly addict will be sure to enjoy.
That’s a pretty small niche, however. For many people, V Kaboom! will taste overly sweet and slightly weird. But if you’re still a kid at heart the flavour is oddly infectious. (If you’re not a fan of sweet drinks, knock a point off the below score.)
As its name implies, Mother Revive appears to be targeted at a more mature audience than the kiddy-sounding Kaboom! This is reflected in the taste, which has a subtle lemon-lime flavour that is highly reminiscent of Red Bull Silver Edition. In other words, it’s better suited to mixing with alcohol and wont give you a toe-curling sugar overload.
That said, there’s something a bit boring about Mother Revive. There’s nothing new or exciting about the flavour — it’s just another lime-inspired energy drink. By contrast, V Kaboom! is weird and subversive. While I didn’t flat-out love either concoction, I’ll probably be returning to V Kaboom! first; if only because it’s different.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a no-nonsense energy drink that can be enhanced with a splash of vodka, Mother Revive is vastly preferable to V Kaboom! People who prefer muted flavours should add another point to the below score.
What’s your energy drink of choice? Share your suggestions in the comments section below — the more caffeine they contain, the better!