Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Realtree Outdoor Bush Master Energy Drink Review

Back from the dead is Team Realtree, now just "Realtree," with a new Bush Master flavor. The name refers to snakes, guns, the military, superheros and supervillains, and unfortunately this drink is not based on either of the latter two. The brand's formerly resealable cans have been price-reduced to your normal pull-tab type, and its can design remains ever so hunting-inspired. At least the previously slapped on company name has been shrunk in favor of a clean logo. However, the back of the can says "I like it muddy." Please Realtree, take a shower.

Like the original Realtree reviewed five years ago, Bush Master is inspired by soda. This time cherry cola, and it is by far the best of the brand. Sure there is high fructose corn syrup, nearly sixty grams of the sweet stuff, but it lends itself beautifully to the nostalgic simplicity of the soda it parodies. The cherry has a slight acidic edge to it, a taunting tartness that feels like it has more to offer than being second fiddle to the cola. Speaking of which, it is your typical cocktail of vanilla, some slight citrus and spices, however only cinnamon stands out; the more encouraging stemmed fruit should have been granted greater opportunity to shine. It is a syrupy saccharinity, a gummy one too, and you would enjoy the experience more at a more reasonable eight or twelve ounces, but the gleaming child in me could not care. Carbonation proves the weakest link here, the first ingredient, however, it proves too restricted for the pop-approximating emprise.

Each can contains: B vitamins, taurine, and caffeine. The buzz is mostly from all the sugar, a fun, jittery run that ends in a harder crash than expected after two hours. In the end, Realtree Outdoor Bush Master's more usual can is a disappointment, but its taste is the best in the line, even with all its faults. Although it is its uneven kick that truly marks the entire thing as uneven.

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