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I remember when I was 10/11 and first went to America, I spent 3 hours in TGI Fridays with unlimited refills of Mountain Dew. I was in heaven, what an incredible drink. As you can imagine then, I was delighted about the prospect of Mountain Dew finally coming to England some 10 years after I'd first tried it, except it didn't quite live up to expectations...
I'm not hear to preach about the effects of drinking sugary, fizzy drinks (or diet ones for that matter) but do know that although similar to most fizzy drinks, this has more sugar and caffeine than coca cola and other regular carbonated drinks. I've read online that the original American version has too much sugar to be marketed in England as a fizzy drink so instead they increased the sugar/caffeine content and sold it as an energy drink. Although I'm not sure that's true, there is certainly a difference in taste between the UK, Energy version and the American version. If you are desperate for a caffeine kick, don't depend on this Energy drink, it contains a lot less caffeine than Red Bull/Relentless etc.
The Energy version of Mountain Dew does contain the trademark citrus flavour that is on sale in America but it comes with a more sugary taste (66% of your RDA). It's difficult to describe the taste, it's like extra lemony lemonade with a kick of lime and it really does taste a lot better than your bog standard 7up/Sprite. I'd highly recommend drinking it cold as it's extremely refreshing and this is not the case when it's warm. I must point out that I'm fully aware when I'm drinking it that very few of the ingredients are natural, and so are my teeth so I wouldn't recommend daily consumption!
The packaging is more exciting than most regular carbonated drinks - the fluorescent lime green bottle is very similar to what is seen in American and an eye catcher within shops.
Overall, a great drink, but while it carries the Mountain Dew name, I'll always compare it to the American version and therefore be disappointed.
---WHY CAN IT NOT BE MATCHED?---
In all of my years on this planet I have tried hundreds of different drinks, of course, I mean what human hasn't!? but this one, Mountain Dew, is something that I find hard to explain!
I first tried this drink when one of my brothers friends came to our house after returning from the United States, and he had cans of Mountain Dew, something that I had never heard of before, and they told me it was the best drink ever created... and they couldn't have put it any better than that!
Immediately I agreed with them, I could not put in to words how this taste, well, tasted! I had never felt such a love for a drink so quickly!
So why can it not be matched? well because it has such a unique taste that tastes like no other drink in the world! To be exact, it is a very citrus based drink, and is incredibly refreshing!!
It has a very inviting colour, a transparent blend of yellow and green, it is very unique compared to many other drinks,.
---WOULD I PICK IT OVER OTHER SUGARY DRINKS?---
Yes, yes and yes again, if i walked into a shop and saw a can of Pepsi, Coke and Mountain Dew (My three favourite drinks) I wouldn't have a second thought about it, I wouldn't be able to help myself!
Of course not everyone is the same as me, if you are a healthy being and do not wish to have a high intake of sugar when drinking something, then this is definitely not for you!
---HOW BAD IS IT FOR YOU?---
From what I have researched about this drink, it can be very, very bad for you, but only when drank in huge amounts, such as 20 cans in a day perhaps.
It has an ingredient called "Brominated Vegetable Oil", which is banned to use to manufacture drinks or food in Europe, which is why it must be imported (There is Mountain Dew sold in the UK, but it is very different in my opinion).
This can apparently cause Testicular damage, Blindness, Memory loss and Skin and nerve damage due to having Bromine in it!
Apart from that it is high in sugar, and we all know the danger of too much sugar!
This last point can be regarded as bad, or good, it really depends on if you need it, I am indeed talking about the high caffeine content! if you are already feeling like you have plenty of energy, and do not fancy jumping around a room, do not drink a can or a bottle of mountain dew!
Personally I find that caffeine doesn't affect me a huge amount, apart from when I am tired, but when I feel like I already have enough energy, then nothing will really happen for me, which is why I can drink them at night, so if you are like me and can handle caffeine, then you have nothing to worry about!
Let's put aside the fact that fizzy drinks and soft drinks are unhealthy when not consumed within moderation - mountain dew is amazing and I can't get enough of it. Even the guilt of drinking something unhealthy is washed away by how lush it tastes; the flavour is very fruity citrus blend which leaves you satisfied and wanting to buy more, well it certainly does with me that's for sure.
If you're a bit fussy about the sorts of sweet tastes you prefer and can't handle over the top sugar in takes, then this probably isn't for you. However if you're partial to similar strength drinks such as monster and relentless you'll more than likely fall in love with mountain dew.
The 500ml standard sized bottle is a luminous yellow green colour that you can't miss, it's pretty much it's trademark colour which makes it more visually appealing, which admittedly is what made me want to try it in the first place! Though mountain dew does have a high caffeine content, so probably not ideal if you're sensitive to caffeine intake.
It is also available in larger bottles (1 litre bottles, 500ml and 330ml cans) but from my experience, despite it being a part of a major brand (pepsi) they don't seem to be as common in retail stores as other brands such as coke and dr pepper and so on, but I can confirm that I have found them in stores such as co-operative, asda, tesco, morrisons and sainsburys, you can also get them on the cheap at places like home bargains.
I like most people I was once a child. I say most people as I just tried to imagine Burt Reynolds as a child and it was impossible. I'n my imagination hes child like in stature but looks exactly the same, facial attire included.
Despite my parents having very a questionable fashion sense when it came to dressing children, I had a fairly lucky childhood - with one of the highlights being around at the right time and place for the launch of Mountain Dew in the UK. It was only around for a short while, two years or so before it was pulled in around 1998.
I loved this drink for those two short years. A teenage is fueled by sugar and Mountain Dew was packed. It was a toxic green color and tasted great. It tasted like a citrus fruit that grown almost entirely from a synthetic sugar. It doesn't taste or look natural - its safe to say I loved it as a kid.
So, since it was pulled in 1998 - I've been getting my fix by hook or by crook ever since, but usually via the internet. The recipe I tasted in '98 is still whats used in the US to this day. You can order it online, but always been a bit of a pricey chore. You pay more in P+P that you do in cans and it usually takes a few weeks to get to you. I persisted, I bought a few cans every month and when I went to the US I pretty much lived on it for 2 weeks. Morning. Noon. Night.
So, last year I nearly popped when I saw this on the supermarket shelf - Mountain Dew Energy. Its the same toxic green but re-bottled and cranked up to an 'energy' version. I bought a bottle right away and chugged it down. I instantly knew the difference. It didn't taste bad, but it didn't taste good. Its still sweet but this version is a really tuned down version than the US drink. It is still packed with sugar but its no where near a lively as the original. It tastes quite watery and a little dull compared.
I was disappointed and haven't bought much since - but I still by lots of the import stuff. This bottle is around £1.50 and a smaller can of the US stuff works out at about the same - maybe a little more. The US is harder to get: online and a few specialist shops sell it (two in Norwich, a sweet shop specializing in US sweets and a greengrocer, unofficially the greatest greengrocer on earth) The UK energy version is availble in most supermarkets and newsagents, but I still rather go out of my way for the real deal - although the energy version is clearly a different version it takes a bit like a watered down fake.
Its give a nice thrust quenching blast and especially if chilled its nice - so when I do drink it its OK, but would much rather they just relaunch the original product here.
The biggest disappointment here is the 'ENERGY' or lack off. I used to drink a lot of energy drinks, but due to actual medical advice and endless headaches - I slowed down. I stick to coffee and an energy drink a week now, but I know a buzz when I drink one, and this doesn't really have one. It will perk you up a little, but that just seems to be the sugar and citrus taste - there is not oohmph here. Its similar to a bottle of Lucozade - so it keeps you going rather than keep you up. Its depends on why and when you drink energy drinks I guess. This won't jolt you into a early start after a long night, but will slow your afternoon lull. Infact, the US version has a bigger kick - a can of Mountain Dew has often be a chilled replacement to my morning cup of coffee. You can sort if get a picture how energy drinks eventually took me to the doctors. Infact, I wouldn't really use this as an energy drink. If your in a situation where the need to perk up is more important than the eventual caffine crash and headache a small can of Red Bull or Monster, opt for Red Bull or Monster than this. If a perky little refreshment your after - this is will do.
The first time I drank mountain dew energy I was blown away by the taste, it's a very sweet fruity flavour which you can taste with every sip. The flavour of the drink is citrus!
They do have a lot of sugar in them that's where it gets its sweetness from and if you like energy drinks you will love this one as it's the best tasting one, once you have one you won't be able to stop buying them they are so good.
The bottle is a cool green which looks like the glow in the dark green colour (doesn't glow in the dark) looks very funny.
The caffeine content tells me that you need to be careful and try not to consume too much.
For every 250ml's of mountain dew energy there is 30g's of sugar and 500KJ (120kcal) of energy times this by two as bottles are 500ml's that's 60g's of sugar and 1000KJ (240kcal) of energy.
It will go with any food as it's a fruity flavour. Best enjoyed at picnics and parties with all your friends.
This drink is made in Great Britain!
You can purchase this drink from most stores in a bottle or can, there is also other flavours but I think they are only in the USA if you find them in the UK try them they are nice I found all the other flavours in a sweet shop which had things from every county it was in town by Cabot Circus.
The UK only sell regular but there is lots of other ones these are there names:
Diet Code Red
All in all great drink with amazing flavour and good energy buzz! Go buy one and taste the best drink in the world in my opinion.
I used to love Mountain Dew but then it disappeared from the shelves and I could only get it online. I was happy when the Mountain Dew energy drink got released. I love energy drinks and this seemed like a perfect combination.
You can get Mountain Dew energy in 1 litre bottles, 500ml bottles and large 440ml cans. A medium bottle is around the £1.10 mark. I get mine in Costco where you can get 12 bottles for £6.
The bottle is a florescent greeny-yellow colour. The label is black and the writing in green and red.
The drink is high in caffeine it contains 18mg per 100ml of drink.
When you open the drink it smells really sugary. The drink itself is the same colour as the bottle. The drink is meant to be a lemon-lime based drink. It doesn't really taste very citrussy. It is very sweet it is like drinking syrup and too much of it is very sickly. I find this a lot sweeter than coke or other similar drinks. The colour can be a little offputting if you pour it in a glass. It is also really nice mixed with vodka!
A serving of this drink is 250ml and contains a massive 118 calories as well as 30g of sugar.
I love this drink even though it is bad for your teeth and your waistline, the caffeine gives you a much needed boost but it isn't as high in content as Red Bull or similar. I would give this 4 out 5 stars.
I absolutely love energy drinks. I have no real idea whether they actually do energise me or not half the time but drinks like Lucozade I simply adore and consume alot of on daily basis.
This Mountain Dew one I drink often and currently I have been purchasing it alot as a large bottle is on offer at a pound a large bottle at the moment in Tesco stores and thats cheap!
The bottle is bright luminous green in colour and plastic with a black twist on/off cap to the top of it and around the middle of it, it has a black label and on the front of that we are told that it is Mountain Dew 'Energy' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the size of the bottle is stated which in this case is a 1L bottle but this is available to purchase in lots of different sizes. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingredients and a full nutritional chart and contact details for Britvic Soft Drinks are given. Nice enough, bright and informative bottle this is.
The Drink Itself:
Well this is a lightly sparkling yellow transparent drink with a fragrance of zesty lime to it. Taste wise well its best served chilled/cold in my opinion and tastes like lime and lemons and is thirst quenching but at the same time sweet but in a natural way opposed to tasting like its crammed full of sweeteners or anything like that. I find this drink really refreshing and tangy and thirst quenching.
Not suitable for children, pregnant women or those sensitive to caffeine, this does have a high caffeine content of 18mg per 100ml. Obviously this to provide an energy boost and a more alert feeling however although I love the flavour of this drink I have to admit that even after consuming rather alot of this in one sitting I felt no more alert than before supping it sadly.
On the energy front...well it doesn't do much for me but I still really love the flavour of it and for this reason alone I give it the thumbs up but if your hoping for this to help with energy levels well maybe, like me you'll end up disappointed with this soft drink!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
I remember having Mountain Dew for the first time when I was at Secondary School and tried a bit of my friends drink to see what it was like. Recently there was a new drink in the Mountain Dew range. This new drink is called Mountain Dew Energy and it is a competitor of the more established energy drinks from Red Bull and Lucozade and the like. Mountain Dew are from the Pepsi Co brand and was released in the U.K. in June, 2010.
**Mountain Dew Energy**
The drink is available in 500ml bottles and as of February 2011 it expanded to 440ml cans. The drink is available in both sugar free and normal. The drink is very popular indeed in the United States where it also has several other flavours available. Over here in the United Kingdom I have just seen this one available. The drink has a higher level of caffeine than many other soft drinks and was designed to give you a boost of energy. I have seen this drink widely available on offers in all the major supermarkets and newsagents. The taste of the drink is kind of a Citrus Lemon and Lime. It's a refreshing pick me up when cold and gives you an energy boost. The drink contains 18mg of Caffeine in every 100ml. As a result of the caffeine content this drink is not suitable for young Children, pregnant women or those who are sensitive to caffeine.
I would recommend this drink to anyone who likes to have an energy drink now and again and someone who has an active lifestyle or if you're playing Sport now and again. The combination of the nice taste and energy boost make this an excellent competitor to many of the other energy drinks out there. I will continue to buy this drink now and again. Now it's summer I'm sure it will be drunk quite a lot especially on days like today where it's nice and hot. So overall an excellent drink. I would like to see the other flavours come over to the United Kingdom although you can get them on some American Food and Drink sites.
Whenever I come across those candy stores in the UK which sell products from America, I'm like a giddy little child all over again. In the past, Mountain Dew has been stocked widely throughout these shops, and I remember trying some back a few years ago. I had heard that it had moved over to the UK to be stocked within our shops, but I hadn't seen it until a few months back when in Superdrug I saw the luminous green bottle standing out like a sore thumb. Of course I had to pick it up and see if it matched the hype which everyone made of it.
Firstly, this drink is owned and created by PepsiCo, who quite obviously are the people behind the drink Pepsi. This therefore made me think it would be a high quality product in itself, and should stand out as much as Pepsi does. I am aware that over in America, Mountain Dew is one of their most popular fizzy drinks, so I was expecting big results from it.
The bottle itself is a luminous green shade, therefore you can't really miss it if you're picking one up! However, the drink itself is clear in colour. It is a citrus drink which combines lemon and lime together, as well as claiming to give you a boost of energy. When you think of lemon and lime drinks, you think of your typical 7Up or Sprite, however Mountain Dew has something different to it, that makes the flavour really quite unique. Personally, I am not so much a fan of this taste, as it feels slightly unnatural and not particularly pleasing. I feel that it leaves a strong after taste in your mouth, however I am also aware of many people who love the taste of this drink, I suppose it's just not the one for me!
On top of this, it doesn't provide me with much more energy than I already had. I once purchased this when I had an early shift at work to help keep me nice and alert. Although admittedly there was improvements to my energy levels, it just was not enough to keep me as alert as drinks such as Red Bull would be able to, therefore for this area of the product, it completely failed.
On top of this, the sugar count within it is quite high, therefore this drink is really no good for you at all. To top it all off, despite the fact that it is widely stocked, Mountain Dew Energy is one of the higher priced drinks, as are most "energy" drinks. Give it a try since you never know if you may like it, but I think I'll still to my other carbonated drinks in the future! Thanks for reading.
I first tried this soft drink when my friend bought me some from a store specialising in American products a while ago and really enjoyed the taste and so was delighted when I found bottles for sale in a shop close to my home. The plastic bottle is a translucent green in colour and when the drink is inside it appears to me what I imagine a bottle of nuclear waste would look like as it seems to glow to some extent. The screw cap is black as well as the paper label with the name of the product on which incidentally states that it contains 500ml and the price that it cost me which was £1.15.
The drink really does taste so refreshing with a nice blend and mix of citrus flavours; it seems similar to something such as 7up but with an extra edge that makes it appeal even more to me. Until I examined the label more closely and also looked at the nutritional information I had no idea that this was also an energy drink, a testament to the taste also. I like drinks like Red Bull and the more affordable alternatives but without their energy giving characteristics I don't think I would purchase them based purely on the taste as there are certainly a host of other drinks I enjoy more but in the case of the Mountain Dew energy drink the taste is sensational and right up there in my list of favourites.
The caffeine content suggests that you need to be reasonably careful and not consume too much and like a lot of other carbonated drinks there are a large number of calories, half a bottle containing 118 and you will also find 30g of sugar in that half a bottle as well. Despite that if you can find this drink in the United Kingdom I highly recommend it as the taste is brilliant.
Recently the UK was hit with one of the most popular American brands of drinks "Mountain Dew", except our version was "Mountain Dew Energy", a drink looking to compete with the likes of Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and any number of other high caffeine drinks. Although I've personally heard Americans talking about how delightful it is, I didn't really know much about it prior to it hitting British stores properly (some stores apparently did stock it but imported it themselves). Having seen it a few weeks ago and noticing the price was £1.50 a 500ml bottle I thought that would be that, it was a drink that I wasn't going to be that over charged for. Though that was Spar and not the nice people at Wilkinsons who are currently stocking it at just £1 a bottle (though don't expect that to last too long), finally a chance to try the drink I'd heard much about but knew little about.
The bottle is a translucent lime green type of colour with embossing on it and a black label with a trendy looking motif on it and an obvious marketing aim towards teenagers and 20 some-things. The type that typically do drink "energy" drinks on a regular basis. Whether the drink it's self is coloured the same as the bottle is something I'm not sure about though I'd doubt it, however it's the bottle does catch your eye. It's bright and stand out along side many of the other drinks on the shops shelves.
When you open the bottle it fizzes and although a few bubbles float to the top it doesn't seem to fizz into a load of bubbles. The scent it that of a lemonade type of drink, which immediately makes me like it. Although there's so many energy drinks out there only Lucozade Alert and Rockstar Recovery actually seem to have a lemonade like taste, well those two and this. Although the other two drinks previously mentioned are a flat lemonade like flavour which is rather weak, this is a full blown on sweet tasting lemonade drink with added caffeine. Although the drink may look funny it genuinely tastes just like a very sweet lemonade, a very likeable and moreish taste. As far as it's energy content however the drink is disappointing. Where as the average for an "energy" drink is around 30mg of caffeine for every 100ml this is a meagre 18mg/100ml, not much more than half the average. Astonishing really.
Although the drink does have a low caffeine content it makes up for it with it's wonderful taste and very easy to drink sweetness. The drink does however contain an awful lot of sugar (60g per bottle, or 66% the RDA) and this is possibly almost as off putting as Spars price. Had they managed to make it just as sweet with out it being teeth melting it'd have been a great regular purchase instead it's a good treat every so often.