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April 12, 2006

Drinking Games: Relentless

I'm bored of being sick, so I went to the grocery store the other day to buy things to make Tomato Sauce with (it was so good!) and saw this:


And since I am nothing if not a huge impulse buyer, I had to get it and try it and tell you all about it.

Relentless... "Ho Half Measures" "Your Energy, Your OBsession - Relentless -" It is best served ice cold. "Relentless is an energy drink that helps give you the stamina, focus and drive you need, when you need it. Your energy. No half measures." "Even genius has to pay its dues. It's goodbye to the shortcuts, hello to the grind. Nobody ever said it would be an easy ride. So, puish more, risk more, feel more. How much is just a question of courage, a matter of heart."

If you read that all out loud in your best "Look at me, I'm a cliche!" voice, it's even more fun.

You probably can't see the details from the photo but it looks like there's a Cthulu-esque thing drawn in the background, rising out of the water and consuming the Earth. I'm all for welcoming out Dark Overlords, so I totally support this energy drink.

500 ml of energy drink goodness later, and I was up for most of last night. Think it's a coincidence?

If you're wondering what it tastes like (not corpses, not like last time), it's like Red Bull, or Cream Soda. It basically tastes like a cliche, too.

Would I buy it again? Probably not - I don't really like energy drinks, for all that I'm a cola addict. It does warn that it's not for people with a sensitivity to caffeine and to consume it responsibly. I love how it tries to make itself sound bad ass.

So, that's Relentless, folks. Drink it for all your Elder God needs!

Relentless Energy Drink Official Website Warning: Requires Quick Time and Flash 8 and probably 16 other things. It comes with movies.

September 12, 2005

Drinking Games #2

So, in an effort to celebrate my unemployment last week, I went out to the local supermarket to buy myself something tasty and yummy to drink. "Oh yes!" I thought. "Yummy and alcholic! I'm in Scotland, that should be easy."

I'm so cute when I'm terribly wrong.

(As an aside: You can buy vodka coolers with Irn Bru here. Which I find both scary and intriguing.)

Honey Ale

First things first: I have a horrible habit of picking out food, drinks, and books based entirely on "Oooh! Purty!" This, of course, is not a good idea.

I was browsing through the alcohol aisle (we don't have those in grocery stores in Canada) and stumbled upon an entire section of ales. "Ah hah!" I thought. "I don't really like beer unless it's a dark beer... and ale is just a fancy word for dark beer, right? And... and I drank that Guiness stuff, and it didn't kill me! I shall get ales!"

So, I grabbed a nice looking bottle of Honey Ale. I think somewhere in my head was the idea that it might taste like the Lindisfarne Honey Mead.

I am so not clever.

I got home, popped off the top, and had a taste.




"It tastes like work socks!"

I tried valiantly to finish the whole bottle, hoping that it would grow on me (sorta like mold), but it didn't. I declared it a total failure for anything other than an amusing blog entry, and left it alone. Too bad in a frenzy of cleaning before I had guests over, I threw out the bottle. So, I can't even tell you any scary warnings on the side or anything like that.

But, all was not lost, for I had bought anothe bottle, of different ale! Maye this would be better.

Fraoch Heather Ale

This, I still have the bottle for.

Fraoch is Scotland's native ale. Fraoch is Gaelic for "Heather". Heather ale has been brewed in Scotland for four thousand years and is the oldest style of ale still madse in the world. The Picts who ruled Scotland until the 9th Century were known to brew the legendary heather ale, these "people of the designs" were the creators of the artistic style of our label. Scotland has ten million acres of wild flower heather, this natural resource being used to produce ales until the 18th Century when British legistlation forced Scottish Brewers to conform to the internatinal use of hops. This ale is produced to a 16th Century Scots-Gaelic repie from malted barley "bree", sweet gale and heather flowers. The hot ale is infused in heather flowers before being fermented in copper tuns. Fraoch has a floral, peaty aroma, full malt body, a spicy herbal flavour and a dry wine like finish. - Slatine.

Yes, I did buy it for the ultra-cool label, which you can see part of here.

I took one taste of it, and pronounced "It tastes like corpses."

After that, I didn't drink any more, and just went to bed.

Related Links:

Fraoch Brewery's Official Website

So, things I learned:

1) I really don't like ale, and I can't pretend I do.
2) Stop buying things based on either their nifty sounding names or their nifty looking bottles.

I predict I will have forgotten both of these points within a few hours.

July 28, 2005

Drinking Games #1

Scotland, being a land of many strange and unusual people, has many strange and unusual drinks. I know this, because I hit the grocery store yesterday, and the drinks aisle (not including the alcohol) was much fuller than a similiar aisle back home.

I thought... hmm.... I have all these friends back home that want to experience Scotland in all its exciting glory. I should describe the cornacopia of drinks that one can pick up easily here.

So, without further ado, I present the first of what will become a regular feature on Anna Overseas, Drinking Games!


Irn-Bru is everywhere in this country, mostly on the sides of taxis. I think an add for Irn-Brue might have been the first thing I saw getting off the plane in Glasgow. It comes in a blue and orange bottle (of various sizes) or can, and it sells out almost as quickly as the Coke does at work.

The drink itself is a not-occuring-in-nature orange colour. I think it may glow in the dark, but I haven't actually tested this theory. It looks like clear orange soda, I guess.

I remember when I was flat hunting, the letting agent told me that Irn-Bru is the only thing that they can never get out of the carpets in the places they're cleaning up. They can get out red wine, blood, various set stains of other organic products, but not Irn-Bru.

How did I get talked into trying this? At a bar, of course. No alcohol was involved, but the whole thing had a feeling of a dare.

For the purpose of this article, I went out and bought a 2 liter of the stuff. (As though I don't get a can whenever I'm needing a quick pick-me-up at work.)

It smells like... like... ripe creamsicles. A little too sweet.

It tastes like... like... carobonated creamsicles. Not as sweet as it smells.

I do drink this stuff two or three times a week at work, because I like the kick it gives me.

Irn-Bru is apparently available somewhere in Canada, but I've never seen it.

Related Links:
Irn-Bru on Wikipedia
Irn-Bru's Official Website (warning: flash animations, and that manamana song)

Lemonade Shandy

I picked this up because it looked a disgusting shade of brown and it was 60 p. for a 2 liter bottle. Considering that a can of Irn-Bru at work costs 60 p, I figured this could be an interesting investment.

According to the lable, it's a "Carbonated drink made from a blend of lemonade and beer with sugar and sweetener", and is "Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans." (It also gives its stats per serving size in 250 ml, whereas Irn-Bru gives it in 100 ml.) It has a Caution box, warning that it's a "pressurized container", and has an advice box. "Advice to Parents: Frequent drinking of sugary drinks and fruit juices may lead to tooth decay and poor nutition. Try to restrict these drinks to meal times and replace them with sguar free drinks or water. Avoid giving sugary drinks or fruit juices to babies. Remember it is important to brush teeth reguarily. Best served chilled." It also informs me that it contains glutens and no more than 0.5% alcohol.

It smells like... beer. Fancy that.

It tastes like... really good sweet beer. Complete with that strange little after taste you get when you drink beer. It's surprisingly good, and I think it's totally worth the 60 p. I spent on it.

I couldn't find any links on this stuff, but there's a link for Shandy on Wikipedia.

Juicy Juice

I picked this up at a corner store when I was craving juice and they didn't have any.

It's a different type of unnatural orange colour than Irn-Bru. It looks more like a slightly ill orange juice.

I no longer have the bottle, unfortunately, but I couldn't give up the opporunity to tell you all about the Juice So Sweet It Crunches, but still tastes sour.

This stuff was awful. Just atricious. It was so sugary it should have crunched when you drank it, but still had this awful taste to it. I tried adding water in an effort to make it any better, but all that did was make it a different shade of sickly orange.

I think I may make it a test of courage for all daring to pass my door. "You must drink this glass, and drink it down, and if you survive, you may pass."


Irn-Bru is my friend, even if it's not made from real Glasgow Girders.

Lemonade Shandy is just so weird, I want more.

We will not speak of Juicy Juice again.

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