I've always considered myself a connosieur of all manner of soft drinks; drinking cola and coffee in abundance. Within the past year I found my taste for caffeine was simply not sated by regular soft drinks; coca-cola, pepsi and its ilk so I often found myself turning to energy drinks.
Many energy drinks attempt to copy that signature 'Red Bull' taste, on account of it being the granddaddy of all energy drinks. You know the one I'm talking about, it's quite sharp, a bit sour, a bit sweet. Well it must be said that Emerge easily comes the closest to imitating that taste. It's got the sharpness, the refreshingness, the sourness. Perhaps a bit too much of the sourness actually, the only thing that detracts from Emerge is the acidic after-taste that it leaves in your mouth when you drink too much. However to the casual consumer this needn't be a problem as they won't be downing 3 cans in rapid succession like I am prone to do.
Cost/Value for Money
Now the energy drink market is pretty much structured like this. Big name brands - Red bull, Relentless, Monster - on one of end of the price scale and smaller (some may say dodgier) brands such as Boost, Emerge, Kick, Red Devil (and countless other) on the other end. I've tried many of these energy drinks, and it must be said, in terms of cost/quality ratio Emerge wins by far. In most shops it retails in the area of 0.35p per 250ml can (and often cheaper if you're lucky). So you're basically getting a can of Red Bull (remember, they taste very similar) for a quarter of the price.
The caffeine hit you get from Emerge is great. Many a time a can of it has revitalized me after a long day or woken me up for an early morning exam. The caffeine content per 250ml can is 75mg which is around double the amount in a 330ml can of Coca-Cola and 5mg less than a Red Bull.
Personally, one thing that detracts from Emerge as a product to me is the atrocious design on the can. It's literally a red triangle on a silver background and black/white text. It's pretty ugly if you care about product aesthetics but seeing as you'll be drinking it and not gazing at it for long it shouldn't be of that much concern and it's far from a deal-breaker.If you have a taste for Red Bull or energy drinks in general but aren't too keen on splashing out £1.00+ per can then Emerge is the drink for you.