Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bios Life Smart energy Matcha

This is a new drink given to me by a wonderful writer and fellow Examiner, who should not only be thanked for sending me samples, but anyone who is interested should head to here, and help her out.  You see, this drink is another one which has followed the MLM route - rather than show up in stores.  So If you want to get hold of some for yourself, you gotta go through This Link to get some.  I am usually leery of MLM style energy drinks, but for every sucker scammed into the thought that their energy drink will make them millionaires - there is the regular person who is just looking to buy energy drinks by the case for cheap. 

I looked forward to trying this drink - not because of all the usual stuff you read from their promotional people about how this will fix your ailments and cure your bunions and make you grow taller and finally get that prehensile tail you have always wanted.  I was excited because this drink was based in matcha tea - and impossible for me to get at the local 7-11.

For those of you who have never had real matcha tea, it is really something special.  Like a glass of spirulina or shot of wheat grass, something about it makes you feel as if you have just leveled up, like you have just been granted health +20.  Matcha tea does the same - with the same super healthy vitamin-y flavor and boost.  I was pretty excited to see how this drink measured up to the real thing.

These usually come in a much larger package, so it is hard to assess the packaging as a whole.  I was lacking a box of nutritional info, contents, etc... I ended up calling the company to get information about the ingredients and other pertinent info.

In order to really try this out, I had to become more accustomed with matcha.  Not the fake Matcha latte that Starbucks serves, but the real tea - made in a bowl and stirred ceremoniously.  After some searching, I found a few places around me where a bowl of matcha is plentiful.  I got to try a few different kinds of matcha, and learned the amazing flavors and textures of this special green tea.  Finally, I thought I would be ready to tackle this convenient foil pouch of green tea goodness.

Upon opening up the foil pouch, it looked a whole lot like matcha should look like - dark green and clumpy.  I had a hard time deciding if I should make this into a real matcha - using very hot - but not boiling water, or trying it as I am sure it was intended - in a bottle of cool water with ice. I decided that since this was the western equivalent,  I should take it in a glass with ice like I imagine most people do.  Still, I used the breakroom's equipment and tried to carry on the ceremony, using a coffee stirrer (it was what was in hand) to stir my matcha drink up until it turned a little frothy on top.

Now matcha tastes very unique, and is a very acquired taste.  The chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its rich flavor, a plant-y bitterness, followed by a nice sweetness at the end - like the flavor of wheatgrass only more rich and complex.

Instead, this ended on the taste of sucralose and fake sweetness - not very pleasant.  However, the texture and the smell of the drink was right on the nose.  Just like real matcha, there is a little sediment left at the bottom of the glass.  If you are used to drinking matcha, this is absolutely normal.  IF you are not used to , you might wonder why your drink is not dissolved at the bottom.  I actually liked drinking the sediment - as that tasted more like real matcha that than the rest of the drink did. 

I just wish this tasted more like real matcha.  The fake sugar and lemon juice were way tooo high, so this ends up tasting more like a Matcha Arnold Palmer.  There is a bite and a sourness that matcha does not have, and the aftertaste is not pleasant either.  If you are going to make a drink that is not even matcha flavored, it can at least be delicious.

This flavor of Bios Life energy is supposed to increase your mental alertness, not really give you a big energetic boost.  So WHEN you drink is important, as it would make for a poor substitute for your morning coffee or on a long road trip.  This is more of a post coffee pre drowsy small shot of nitrous to your brain's cognitive functions.  The green Bios Life drink contains about 40-60mg of caffeine, which is not a whole lot.  BUT, it also has Theanine to balance the caffeine out, along with other minerals, like calcium and magnesium. It has potassium to help after a workout, and the full compliemnt of vitamin B complex and Vitamin C. Of course, it is full of antioxidants, but you can't drink antioxidants and it have any effect.  Still, there is some  reservatrol in here too for good measure - and sweetened with natural sugar as well as stevia. 

It does work, if only for a short time.  I felt smarter for about an hour.  I really did!  I was able to figure out complex math issues easier, and even handle a few intricate work problems a whole lot faster than normal.  But, in the space of an hour or two it completely wore off - leaving me as stupid as I was before I drank it. 

While I like the effect, I would love it more if it were more intense, or lasted longer.  But for a portable mellow matcha drink, it is not bad.

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