Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Arizona Rx Energy Herbal Tonic Review

Arizona Rx Energy is an ugly misrepresentation of the industry, with it pulling all the wrong moves in terms of both text and visuals. Hailing itself as an herbal tonic, this 330 calorie beverage is far from healthy, and anything positive brought about by the meager ten percentage of juice is lost within the careless load of sugar. And pictorially, you could not get much less appealing than this ninety nine cent drink, with the large lackluster black and white image only adding to the miserableness of an inappropriately verbose can.

To be honest, all of the ample available sips are rather pleasant, with its light citrus taste barely breaking out of that of the green tea. Everything is surprisingly smooth, almost incredibly so, and large gulps ensue and finish the twenty three ounces fast. There is an edge of tartness to the sweet taste of mango, though it is a dissatisfying depiction of the tropical favourite. Lemon is present as well, a bit more potent to the tongue, and it benefits from the latter's acidic characteristic. I'd even wager the simple presence of guava, and the restrictively rough texture gives the three tastes a pulp allusion that is easily their only essence of authenticity. Things are surely sugary, some from honey but mostly from high fructose corn syrup, however the experience basks in the saccharinity almost proudly, and the expected syrupy finish is playfully present and does not keep one from ever taking the next sip. Overall, Arizona Rx Energy's flavour is one that is unashamed to be such a guilty pleasure.

Each can gets you 115mg of caffeine, guarana, ginseng, and vitamins A,C, and E. This bland blend could not ever dream of giving a junkie their daily fix, providing nothing but an hour, maybe hour and a half long buzz. All in all, Arizona Rx Energy is a tasty mess of uneven quality.

21 comments:

scornn said...

this is my favorite energy drink I wish there was a low/lower cal version. I think the stores do not stock it as I would by it and not the $2-3 can of monster.

Anonymous said...

I love this engery drink... especially the price, $1

StuartOhQueue said...

The price is great, the energy - okay. The big bummer is the number of calories it packs for the minor buzz and all the high-fructose corn syrup destroys any semblance of a healthy afternoon treat.

Dr. CLB said...

My fav drink - it works amazing for me without the side effects of higher caffeine drinks. flavor is a personal thing - different chemistries etc. For me it's the best and I'll cry if they quit making it. I would pay more if it used natural sugars.

wolfie said...

i just love the stuff i'd love it even more if it was made with natural sugar though,people think it's tea but to me it kinda tastes like fruit punch it just sits well with my tongue though all the caffeine doesnt do much then like drinking a can of pepsi for me it's really really good just wish it was made with real sugar not that HFCS stuff i love the prince but im willing to pay 5 bucks for it if it uses real sugar

OmniaAdspicio said...

It's like a caffeine addict's pedialyte. Not much caffeine, but enough to stave off a migraine, put some vitamins into your system, tastes syrupy sweet, and would likely make a tasty hangover cure paired with a tall glass of water. And it's cheap, which I can appreciate. Also, I don't know what's in it, but I'm a seasoned caffeine drinker, and something in here must have added itself to the effects of my ADHD meds, but I had mildly trembly hands while drinking this the other day, which is a side effect I need to drink at least three cups of coffee in a row plus a redbull or two to get otherwise. Hmmm....

Nicholas Hastings said...

I like the taste doesn't give me much energy but I've noticed a side effect it's causing me to pee way more than normal multiple times it just seems like it has a weird effect on my whole bladder not do to the volume because I drink a lot of fluids anyway just something about itI just never feel like I'm done anyone else having this affect? I tested to see if it was just the Arizona or maybe I was just thinking that but when I don't drink it I don't have that problem even with other forms of Arizona drinks.

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with this. I work in a gas station and the public loves it. We sell single customers cases of 25 numerous times throughout the week and even have some who drive out of there way for it.

Anonymous said...

Best Arizona I've ever had, & the bottle ones are only 100 calories.

Anonymous said...

I love this drink as well! The reviewer scorns the small amout of juice and the use of HFCS but how is that any different than other energy drinks? I mean this has got to be better than a 24 oz can of Monster. I personally like the lower caffeine levels but would also appreciate a low cal version. For the record, Arizona does make another energy drink named Caution Energy that actually replaces this drink. I've haven't tried it yet but it comes in standard and low cal versions. Based on the per case price of $17 on Arizona's website, it should come in at about a $1 for the 11oz can. Here's hoping!

Anonymous said...

Easily, EASILY, my go-to drink for that little boost that I may need during the day. It doesn't have the massive kick some other energy drinks may have, but the kick that it does have is so smooth and wonderful that you don't even remember why you're so alert sometimes. Can't beat the price, or the taste in my opinion. Sure it's sugary - Arizonas in general are the Sun Chips of the beverage world. They like to play it off as being healthy when in reality there are far better things to be drinking. But that doesn't bother me. Nothing about this magnificent energy drink bothers me. It is just that good.

Anonymous said...

I also find it a great tasting drink with a mild pick me up. but it is getting harder to find, It isn't on the Arizona website.Certainly in the supermarkets for 99c. but 7/11 still stocks them at just over a $1

Anonymous said...

I've actually been drinking these for the last 3 weeks solid, and feel a lot better than when I was drinking Red Bull or Monster.

I've been thinking about cutting back on those 2 for various reasons, and this is the perfect thing to ween me off. Plus, saving money is always a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for getting me to re-evaluate the sugars in this drink. 78g per can!! D: Can you say insulin desensitivity?

All of you should be aware: in addition to its caffeine containing herbal contents, this drink also has eleuthero (aka Siberian Ginseng) and schizandra. I can't remember the pharmacology offhand, but I know the herbalist community calls them adaptogens--a loaded term meaning "a plant or chemical that helps the body deal with stressors in some unexplained way." But I know them to at least be active in some way from past experience. For the person saying they were peeing a lot from this drink, I'm guessing one of these herbs is a diuretic.

Anonymous said...

I really like this drink. The taste is so even and refreshing. I get a nice even span of energy from this drink. The bottle version, 20 oz. has only 100 calories as mentioned prior. I would rather natural sugar too. The Nutritional facts indicate that there's 100% vitamin C. In addition there are no artificial colors and flavors. I really enjoy it but personally can't enjoy as often due to the caffeine.

Anonymous said...

My all time favorite drink it might not be as strong as some other energy drinks but you get a lot for your money and its not as bad for you.

Anonymous said...

I concur totally with what anonymous, above, had to say. It's also a great tweener if you're trying to wean off of Red Bull or Rockstar...or even coffee.

Anonymous said...

I have A-fib and it's small amount of caffeine to a half can doesn't affect my cardio rithym, no unwanted buzz, no shakes, just a mild pick-me-up.

Zechariah Griffith said...

It may not be good for you, but it's still better for you than some drinks like monster, full throttle, or red bull

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy this drink after a long shift ille go out of my way for a can of this its a inexpensive light pick me up for the drive home

Anonymous said...

Who the hell wrote this article I love this drink i put it this way its a lot better than monster or red bull health wise

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