Energy Drink

Optimum Nutrition’s AmiNO Energy Carbonated RTD Enters the Fray

Optimum Nutrition released an upgraded version of their flagship product, AmiNO Energy, two months ago in July of 2018. Upon the opening doors of the 2018 Olympia, they have officially joined the carbonated energy drink market with AmiN.O Energy + Electrolytes.

This definitely came as a surprise, but we have seen many companies jumping into the carbonated market, following the revolution set in place by Bang. It only makes sense, especially when ON’s other Glanbia-owned partner company, BSN, has BSN EndoRush cans, which are downright phenomenal, but way higher in caffeine.

A lighter energy drink can

Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy RTDs

Optimum Nutrition is joining the ranks of companies putting out energy drinks. These flavors don’t look like they’ll disappoint!

The AmiN.O. Energy + Electrolyte RTD features a common formula from the powdered version of AmiN.O Energy + Electrolytes that dropped in July of 2018. What we do know about these new carbonated RTDs is that they contain 5g of amino acids (coming from mainly threonine, leucine, citrulline, and more), around 400mg electrolytes for hydration, and 100mg of caffeine – obviously a lighter dose of caffeine.

While the caffeine content may be low compared to the C4, Bang, ProSupps Mr. Hyde Power Potion RTD, and Repp Sports Raze energy drinks, this is marketed as a recovery drink with a minor amount of caffeine.

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You can sign up for PricePlow’s Optimum Nutrition news and deal alerts below to get notified when new price drops, coupons, and flavors come out. These carbonated recovery cans initially will come in four different flavors: Grape, Lemonade, Blueberry, and Watermelon – blueberry grabs our attention at first since most RTDs don’t have that flavor.

Optimum Nutrition has dominated the international market for such an extended time that it won’t be long before this product takes off… if enough consumers are still cool with 100mg caffeine anymore these days!

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Dutton Cider Co.’s Carbonated Hard Apple Cider

Today, I’m writing as I watch my cat Thistle wash her paw in the bright winter sunlight. It’s not warm, but I’m so happy to see the sun, even if I appreciate it from indoors. Many of my cider friends are traveling to (or already at) Virginia for CiderCon right now. I hope they’ll have safe trips and wonderful times at the conference; the program certainly looks amazing!

If you want to read more about this sold-out event, check out the American Cider Association’s website:

Just because I’m staying home this year, doesn’t mean I’m not still thinking about and loving cider. I’m trying another new-to-me cidery this week: Dutton Cider Co.. I’m pairing a Dutton Cider Co.’s Carbonated Hard Apple Cider with Penzey’s Smoky 4S and the start of Home Fires Season 2. I may not be having the most exciting winter on record, but I’ve got cozy all figured out. My thanks to Dutton Cider Co for sending me samples for review.

Here’s what I was able to find out about Sonoma County’s Dutton Cider.

THE MAKERS Dutton Ranch farms 200 acres of CCOF certified organic apples in addition to 1200 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Joe and Tracy Dutton founded Dutton Estate Winery in 1995 and grew up farming apples alongside vineyards. Their combined multi-generational family history inspires the crafting of hard apple cider.

You can learn more about Dutton Estates from the website:

Here’s a bit more information from the cidery about the apples and cider making.


The blending of the beloved local heirloom Gravenstein variety with Golden Delicious fashions the perfect cider… fruit-forward, like biting into fresh apples, with a touch of tartness and sweetness.


Cold pressing, cold settling, cold fermenting, and cold storage ensure that crisp apple flavors are retained and acidity is smooth and bright.

This cider has an ABV of 7.4%

Appearance: brilliant, shining, cool toned gold, tiny bubbles

This is a very pretty cider; It seems a shame to hide it in a can! I poured mine into a rocks glass so I could appreciate its brilliant shine and almost cold-toned gold. I barely know how to describe the color; it’s mature yellow with a memory of green like wheat tips. I can see just a few tiny visible bubbles.

Aromas: golden raisins, overripe apples, minerals

Oh! This cider has some fabulous power in its aromas. The cider smells like overripe apples; the notes are concentrated like golden raisins. I also get a vibrant base of minerals.

Sweetness/Dryness: Sweet

This is a sweet to semi-sweet cider. The sweetness is balanced by both bitterness and acidity, but it’s definitely integral to the cider.

Flavors and drinking experiences: sweet, green apple, bitter, mineral finish

Dutton Cider Co.’s Carbonated Hard Apple Cider starts with a splash of bright magic acid that makes me think of green apples. The minerals are a bit sharp and the acid feels angular in my mouth. The cider isn’t funky, but it’s profile is different from most high acid and sweet ciders. Perhaps it’s that this cider is also tannic and bitter, but I’m not entirely sure yet.

What an interesting cider. I like how Dutton’s Cider has of Maple with a bit of bitterness that fills out the tasting experience. For a sweet cider I was surprised by the minerality of the finish. My co-tasters disagreed about the mouthfeel: hearty vs light. I can understand the divide. Tannic ciders and sweeter ciders can feel full but acidic cider with strong bubbles feel light. This cider is all of those things.

Overall, Dutton’s cider comes across as wonderfully interesting; It’s a clean polished cider that definitely has winemakers’ roots. It makes for a quite nice pairing with popcorn and excellent TV.