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Monster Energy Cuba-Lima Review
Cuba Lima is the most recent release from Monster Energy and I must say it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I came across this by accident while picking up a can of Monster Zero Ultra(another favorite), at my local gas station in Garner, NC. If other people enjoy this as much as I do, they may have a hard time keeping this on the shelves.
At first glance the can resembles that of the original Monster Energy, black and neon green. A closer look reveals that this can is much different. Apart from the bright neon green "CUBA-LIMA" lettering and slice of lime, there is also a texture applied to the can which is meant to resemble the skin of a lime. Not only is this texture cool looking, but it also gives the can a bit of grip to it. This could come in handy for those who have issues holding onto things ;)
Let's move beyond the outside and take a look at what is inside. Upon cracking the pop-top, I heard the familiar and refreshing sound of carbonated gas releasing from the can. I grabbed a glass and decided to pour a small amount so I could have a look at what I was about to drink. As you can tell by the picture I have posted to the right, Cuba Lima is darker in color compared to other Monster Energy releases. It closely resembles the color of a Pepsi or Coke and retains it's fizz well.
So how does it taste?
Cuba Lima according to the description on the can is supposed to resemble the Cuban alcoholic cocktail Cuba-Libre, substituting the alcohol with Monster's tried and true energy blend. Having never had a Cuba-Libre I can not tell you if Cuba Lima tastes similar, but I can say that not only does it taste good, but it is also refreshing. Unlike most energy drinks, there are no odd flavors. Flavor is similar to a Coke with lime but better. The artificial lime flavor is more prominent than that of a coke with lime. There is a definite sweetness but not too sweet and there is also a saltiness to it which compliments the flavor very well(kind of like salt in a margarita).
With 160mg of caffeine, great taste, and awesome can, I give Monster Cuba Lima a 9 out of 10. The only thing needed to make this my top choice in energy drinks is to make a low/zero carbohydrate version, as a 16oz can has 48 grams of sugar.
If other people enjoy this as much as I do, they may have a hard time keeping this one on the shelves.
Try it and let me know what you think.