V is manufactured by Frucor Beverages in New Zealand and is one of the first energy drinks in a can to appear on the market in Australia (on their website, V acknowledge Red Bull as being the first) and it seems to have remained one of the most popular.
I refer to V a lot in other energy drink reviews, so I thought it’s about time I wrote about it.
V has a unique taste that I can’t really compare to anything. I have heard it is meant to be a lime flavour, but aside from the green theme on the cans and their website, there is nothing that I can find from V as to what flavour it is actually meant to be.
I regularly refer to V as one of the worst tasting energy drinks, but I will admit, that there is a time when I liked it, and before I did this review, it has probably been 3 months since the last time I had V. I find that the taste of V is very easy to get sick of reasonably quickly. I didn’t mind it when I had it today, but I would definitely be over it if I had much more.
They are currently $2.20 a can at Coles and are available individually, in 4 packs, 6 packs, and occasionally you find them in an 8 pack (6x V and 2x V Berry). V is also available in a 35oml bottle.
V Nutritional Information
The label indicates the following per 100ml:
If you read my earlier review on the Coles Zu Sublime Energy Drink, you may have noticed that the Zu additives are near identical to the additives in V, the only real difference being that V has 10mg extra of Inositol.
V has the standard warning not to drink more than 2 cans per day.
The ingredients according to the can are as follows:
Carbonated water, sugar, acidity regulators (citric acid, sodium citrate), taurine, guarana extract (0.12%), colour (caramel (derived from wheat)), glucuronolactone, caffeine, inositol, vitamins (niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, B6, B2, B12), flavours.
Quantity – 250ml
Price – $2.20