So this made me think about what other options I should take in future if I desperately need a caffeine boost, which in turn led to this personal tier list.
I'm only ranking drinks I have tried, which rules out all the sugar free options and some may be Australian only I'm not sure. Some also I haven't tried in ages and may have changed or not exist anymore. I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
Rockstar Guava - My personal fave. Great taste, solid kick and lasts for a long time. Absolutely full of sugar. My first choice for gaming sessions.
Red Bull - Arguably the quickest kick. Good taste. Excellent all-rounder. My first choice for gigs and emergency pick me ups.
Red Eye Platinum - Much more of a slow burner. Not as big a kick as most others, lasts much longer, no real crash. Another good gaming choice
Rockstar Original - Not quite as tasty as the guava but does the same job.
Effect - Had this in Berlin when I went travelling. Good taste, fairly mild kick but long lasting. Cheap too.
Lucozade - Not as good for sports as they try and make out. I only choose this if I'm dehydrated but desperate, which is very rarely.
V Berry - Haven't seen this in a while but it had less negative effects on me than normal V for some reason.
V Original - This stuff gives me a headache and tends to make me anxious. Does give a solid kick and not as much crash.
Mother Original - The original mother was handed out for free at orientation day the year I started university. Around the corner from the van there was a table which promptly began to overflow with unfinished cans. Tasted like swamp water. Then they remade it and made something best described as a worse Red Bull.
Mother Berry - Like normal Mother, not atrocious but a worse option than other Berry flavoured drinks.
Red Bull Tropical - Possibly the worst tasting drink on this list for me.
Monster Original - Nauseating headache material. Tastes awful and feels awful after drinking.