For Goodness Shakes Nectar
£25 for 2 litres
The makers of popular puntastic recovery drinks For Goodness Shakes have finally turned their hands to energy products, and it’s an interesting result. Rather than a powder, Nectar comes in a pump-action syrup format with a special dosing pump so you can make your drink hypotonic (one pump per 500ml), isotonic (two pumps) or hypertonic (three pumps). The pump itself is an extra fiver, but if you go isotonic you’re looking at 40 bike bottles of drink for 63p each – not bad. It’s made from a 2:1 glucose:fructose mix which, we’re told, delivers 55% more energy into the bloodstream than ‘standard energy drinks’. It also contains electrolytes, handy in a hot race, and B vitamins for energy metabolism, though we’re not convinced these would have time to work while you’re training or racing. We tried the ‘light orange’ flavour – actually more like mandarin. It’s perfectly palatable in small doses, but during a long race we found the glucosebased formula a bit too cloying. We did like the ease of mixing with the pump, but give it a shake if you prepare beforehand – we found the formula sank to the bottom of our bottles if left standing (this wasn’t a problem when shaken around on the bike). We’d use this for shorter, harder races where fast energy delivery is key.
A handy format that delivers results, but the taste and consistency need work.
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