Posted July 27, 2012 by Big Red Boots in anti energy drink

Rockstar Relax anti-energy drink

With the growing trend of relaxation drinks hitting the market, you know it was only a matter of time before the big boys started rolling out their own versions.  Rockstar is the first out of the gate with Rockstar Relax,  a goofy looking can of non-carbonated tea based mellow is what this promises, and coming from Rockstar,  I was hoping for something special.  These are the people who loaded their drinks with things like ashwaganda and milk thistle before, and I hoped they would bring something new to the table.

Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case.  Rockstar relax is just a tea, and not a great one at that.  If you are into drinks that help slow your roll, there are a number of better alternatives to grab instead.

Packaging: 7
Rockstar Relax has one of the more unique cans out there. It stands out from the shelf, alhtough it is a very interesting choice of fonts and color schemes. They went for Jamaican flag colors, my guess is to take some thunder away from Marley’s Mellow Mood (a far superior relaxation drink).  The font they chose for Relax is strange too – almost a throwback to the 80s, which is known more for it’s intense cocaine fueled parties than anything.  There is also the chance that the Rasta colors and fonts have nothing to do with anything other than the Rockstar design department thought they would play around a little.

Functionally, they do OK here.  The can is double faced, has a uniquely colored tab and lists all ingredients clearly.  They keep their inane Xtreme paragraph down to a minimum, and even put a drowsiness warning – like you would even need it.  Even through I don’t quite get the idea behind their look and feel, it does what it should and really stands out from the pack.

Taste: 4
This non-carbonated juice tea is certainly not the best in the market, or really even in the top 20. For being something likened to an Arizona, Snapple, Celestial Seasonings or Xing tea Rockstar Relax does not even measure.

Tea drinks can be pretty hit or miss – and this one is a slight miss. The sweeteners used, Sucralose and Ace-K, mix with the Roobois tea to create a sweet-and-sour almost saccharine flavor, which would be passable if there was a little more to it. There is enough of the the tropical fruit flavor to give this a slightly unique edge, but compared to other relaxation or tea based drinks it is just not as good as it should have been. Even the tropical fruit blend tasted un-natural. It is not revolting by any means, but that does not mean it was very good either. The problem is that this is a Rockstar drink, so not only do they have people who’s job it is to come up with the correct flavors, but they also have come out with some of the more superior tasting energy drinks on the market.

Anti-Buzz: 0
The problem is there just is not enough of anything that would actually help mellow you out – unless you are really the type who is affected by Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime tea. There are only four ingredients in here that separate this from just a regular juice drink – Chamomile, passionflower, theanine and rosehips. In other words, it is just a caffeine-free guava tea, and will only relax you if you can psyche yourself out that there is anything to it. No Melatonin, no tryptophan, nothing to mellow your mood at all.

It is unfortunate that Rockstar’s first foray into the relaxation category is so weak – as they are usually not content to just play it safe and put out a weak drink.

Big Red Boots