Wow! The OG Yerba Mate connect – Guayakí – is making it a point to transform with the times. Ie: health – friendly energy drinks available sparkling and in a can.
I purchased some smaller cans but they also had 16oz drinks available too. Honestly, the big ones probably would have been a better buy as the small cans and large cans cost the same amount.
Anyway! My excitement was HIGH when I saw these! I’m always hunting for a healthy energy drink.
Guayakí is a trusted brand and Yerba Mate is a natural source of caffeine so this was a mostly guilt-free taste test.
The first flavor I decided to try was the lower calorie one – although I didn’t pick it because it has low calories. I chose it because the flavor has sage in it! As you may know, I love sage. So it was a no-brainer.
The 15 calorie Ginger Sage flavor was okay. The lower sugar was apparent; this was not a sweet drink. But, it was bubbly!
It was probably the most refreshing beverage I’ve had that also had carbonated water in it.
Now for the part that matters most – the caffeine! This has 80 milligrams per can, about the same amount as a quality cup of coffee.
I did receive a boost from this, but it wasn’t super energy that had me ready to lift buildings.
What it did do for me was provide enough power to finish my work that day with a clear outlook.
The second flavor – grapefruit ginger – was the better one on all fronts. First it was full calories. Only 45 calories and each calorie was delicious.
The thing about these drinks is that the flavor on the can doesn’t translate very strong.
The Ginger Sage drink – while refreshing – did not taste like ginger or sage.
The Grapefruit Ginger drink was more flavorful and had the characteristic grapefruit flavor, just sweetened. I couldn’t really taste any ginger heat though so that was a little disappointing.
I guess the real question would be: would I purchase these again?
The answer is yes, I would. Sure, the caffeine is not over-powering but I don’t want it to be. Smooth, organic energy is achieved in these cans and the flavors are enjoyable – not too sweet at all and very refreshing.