Drink Review: Wired X294

Review: It takes a lot to really get my attention when it comes to caffeinated beverages. I mean I’ve consumed more caffeine so far in my lifetime than most people will during their entire span. I am a caffeine achiever.

But when you come out and boast that you’ve got a drink that has 294mg of caffeine in it, you definitely have my attention. Let me put that in perspective for those of you who don’t, like I do, have Energy Fiend’s caffeine database committed to memory. It’s basically twice what’s in a 16 oz. can of Rockstar. Twice your normal cup of coffee. More than twice what’s in a Full Throttle. Three times what’s in your usual shot of espresso. Almost four times what’s in a Red Bull. And more than eight times what’s in a can of Coke.

Besides caffeine it also sports 3000mg of Taurine, 160% and 500% of your daily recommended allowance of B12 and B6, respectively.

That’s a lot of stats but I just wanted to make it clear: this is not a drink for pansies. If you have no tolerance, you might want to sip slowly–because it is indeed a potent thing. But fine, so it’ll put hair on your chest. How does it taste? The taste, frankly, is unremarkable. It tastes like most energy drinks taste: fizzy and a little citrusy. But in the case of being packed with this much fuel, the fact that you can only slightly perceive the taste of the stuff under the engine is what is remarkable. Too much caffeine in one place can make stuff taste wonky, but this has a very low wonk factor. So it’s eminently chuggable.

As for its effects? Well, like I said, I’ve got a high tolerance. I haven’t gotten anywhere near overstimulated since the last time the Specialty Coffee Association convention blew through town and I worked the floor for free samples. So your mileage may vary. But for me, it was a very smooth pick-me-up. I felt it behind my eyes first, but at no time did I feel my hair growing: a sure sign that I’m off to the races.

So the verdict is: it’s nice, it’s smooth, it’s reasonably tasty, and it packs a wallop of caffeine. Would I drink it again? Are you kidding? The Wired Energy Drink folks sent two others besides this empty can. I’m going to savor them. Their E-Store is still “Coming Soon” on the site…I’ll ask them to give us a headsup when you can go pester them for your own.

By | 2017-09-24T23:53:39+00:00 October 8th, 2005|Drinks, Reviews|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. jacqui July 1, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    that sounds awesome ive heard about it before but cant find it anywhere, where do i find it?!?

  2. Aaron July 17, 2006 at 9:57 am

    I have a case of X294.
    I drank 1 can, and I’m still awake, going on 16 hour after normal sleeptime.

  3. Ethan August 6, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    I picked up this drink, reading the label, but not really paying attention to the stats. I was running around all day and my last stop was the Fresh Market in Poulsbo, WA. I drank it as I shopped and didnt think nothing of it. On the ride home, I listened to some Alice in chains, and did the occasional air guitar, not anything different. WHEN I got home and finally unpacked and got settled in, I COULDNT. I was amped! I drank the drink in between 4-6pm. I didnt go to sleep until about 2am. I usually go to bed at 10-11. I didnt get a restfull night either! So, I went and bought 4 more bottles a couple days later—haha.
    They are killer so beware. Drink in the morning, or if your in the US MILITARY, drink before that dreadfull midwatch! Cheers!

  4. Supremo September 19, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    This stuff sounds awesome. I am very caffeine tolerant considering I weigh about 145 pounds and a 16 oz can of any type of energy drink doesn’t even phase me.

  5. Widge September 20, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Supremo: It’s good. I saved my last can for the Film Fest this year. All I can tell you is go slow with it and don’t overdo it. There’s caffeine and then there’s this. Good luck!

  6. robert howerton November 8, 2006 at 12:00 am

    I distribute this product…..it is now available, besides the state of Washington, Nevada now has it most major grocery stores, and in two weeks, after the 21st of Nov., the product will be throughtout Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
    It is great…………..try it !!

  7. Widge November 8, 2006 at 12:32 am

    Robert: Excellent! I think you should celebrate by sending us some more! :)

  8. Shane December 3, 2006 at 3:43 am

    50 cans of this would kill a 200 pound man. That tells you something special. I drank some of this stuff last week and haven’t felt the same sense. I am a person who lives off caffeine too, I mean I run off the stuff, I drink at least 2 Large Jolt Energy drinks a day. Thanks for the review!

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