Energy drinks are notorious when it comes to flavor. After all, their main purpose isn’t to be a delicious beverage. Still, we couldn’t help but wonder which energy drink is the tastiest.
To find out, we conducted a completely unscientific taste test right here in our newsroom. Sixteen brave Washington Post staffers sipped on samples of five popular drinks — Amp, Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar and Starbucks Doubleshot. (The name of each beverage was concealed.)
Then we asked the taste-testers to put aside any biases based on the drink’s energy-promoting qualities and instead focus solely on one thing: taste.
How did each drink fare?
With seven votes, the Starbucks Doubleshot was the most popular — mainly because of its mocha flavor, according to several testers. As one anonymous taste-tester put it, the Doubleshot was the “least objectionable, in terms of sweetness.”
Comments on the drinks overall included these:
“most unfortunate color”
“cough syrup flavor”
“root beer and bile”
“tastes like perfume”
Tell us: Did we get it right? Vote for your favorite energy drink below.