Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Guru Energy Drink

I have been noticing this energy drink more and more often as of late in the beverage sections of many of the stores that I frequent. I first saw it at Earth Fare, and have officially managed to buy everything else in the store before resorting to this one, but it is becoming more popular as an organic alternative to the typical energy drink. I’m not sure why I avoided this one for so long (although, to be honest, it was probably the price tag), but I finally decided to give it a try and I have to say that it’s not too bad.

In general, I am not a fan of energy drinks, and I usually prepare for the worst during the initial sips of whatever brand I have most recently worked up the courage to try. Guru was no different, and, although I have found that I have had better luck with natural energy beverages, I still pre-loaded my wincing face. The first taste was…interesting. It started out tasting pretty good, but then suddenly switched to tasting terrible in an instant. My reaction to the switch made the friend who I was riding with chuckle, as I believe that I verbalized the event as: “Mmm…uugh!”

The sudden shift in taste disheartened me, but I continued to sip the beverage, so as to give it a fair chance. And I am glad that I did, as the shifting taste was apparently a one-time thing. The more I drank the beverage, the more it grew on me. It has a fairly unique flavor that is difficult to describe; not unlike the flavor of many other conventional energy drinks, but different and more refreshing somehow. Guru still has the same acidity and sourness of other energy drinks, but it is overall less pronounced and more natural in taste, rather than tasting blatantly of its chemical origin.

Overall, Guru was pretty good. I don’t know that I would buy it again due to its high price tag and mostly generic flavor, but it is definitely a great alternative option for those looking for a more healthy energy drink fix with a more conventional taste.

Verdict: Worth a try

Purchased: Earth Fare [Columbia, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355 mL]
Price: $2.49

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