Rockstar XDurance (Blueberry-Pomegranate-Acai) Performance Energy

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Rockstar is certainly not a new player to the energy drink market and they have just released three new beverage flavours. Rockstar XDurance, Iced and Rehab. The first one is the one we will be looking at in this review. It is a blueberry, acai and pomegranate flavour while the Iced is a peach tea and the Rehab is coconut water flavour. Some of these, like the Recovery line are only 20 calories much like this one. They have also introduced Rockstar Relax, which I have been unable to find but would love to review. It is a relaxation drink by the energy beverage giant. Anyway, their can design is very much the same as other Rockstars have been, certainly not a bad thing, though XDurance has “Performance Energy” written on the can as well. Let’s see how XDurance fairs.

Effects:
I am impressed as usual with Rockstar. It has the usual Rockstar blend of 160mg of caffeine and 2000mg taurine but it contains BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids). It is said that athletes are recommended to take amino acids to help increase muscle growth and decrease muscle breakdown. Now, I’ll admit that I don’t know much about BCAA or why it is in my energy drink but I can see why this is branded XDurance now. Either way, I certainly feel awake and not the least bit tired but I don’t feel energized exactly. The feeling I have is hard to describe. I am wide awake, I am not jittery but I don’t want to sit still either, I have energy to go do things but not as much as other drinks would give me; like Rockstar Recovery would. I wasn’t left with a sick feeling. In fact, my stomach actually felt better after drinking this. The effects will certainly not disappoint.

Taste/Aroma:
The scent, it is inviting and blueberry is the most prominent smell. The taste is sweeter then I was expecting but still a great one. The smell is right in line with the taste, blueberry is the strongest taste. It doesn’t taste as good as their Recovery line of energy drinks but not many do. It is carbonated unlike their recovery line but I feel that it is a lighter carbonation then other Rockstars or other energy drinks. The aftertaste is pleasant though slightly sour/bitter, this is because the other berries are more present here. It is a great tasting drink packed with berry flavour that is unlike many other berry drinks on the market.

Conclusion:
Rockstar XDurance brings a quite a unique flavour to their already sizeable line up and the effects are great as well. It is what you expect from Rockstar, especially after they released their Recovery line up. It’s worth picking one of these up.

Scores:
Overall: 8/10
Effects: 8/10
Taste: 8/10
Price: $3.29 CAD