I am not going to go all 'Daily Mail' on you and start campaigning for the banning of these drinks, but I really do not understand how drinks like 'Dragon Soop' are allowed to be sold. Forgetting about the debate over whether the colourful tins will attract children or not for a second, they are horrifically bad for you. With as much caffeine as four cups of coffee, and with four units of alcohol for £2.99, they are quite simply juice to get you drunk and buzzed as quickly as possible. High alcohol sweet drinks such as these are known is Scotland as 'Wreck the hoose juice' due to them being drunk by undesirable characters who have a compulsion to smash things when drunk. I sampled just a little of these in case Dragon Soop drove me to destroy a bus shelter. Here is what I found.
Dragon Soop Herbial Fusion
Smells like Red Bull - but with no redeeming features, almost a sweet, confected strawberry medicine aroma. The palate is a bit like 'Tesco value Red Bull' with a bitter alcohol element on the finish. Doesn't appear very alcoholic, but that is the problem as you could mistake this for a budget Red Bull and not know you were drinking loads of alcohol.
Dragon Soop Blue Raspberry
Rubber and a salty soy sauce aroma. Doesn't smell like raspberries. Doesn't smell like Raspberry slush puppies either which that would be a redeeming feature and remind me of summer holidays in Scarborough. There is a positive on the palate - it is less sweet than the Herbal Fusion. The negatives? This is so bad, everything I hold dear to me is tarnished by this beverage.
Dragon Soop Sour Apple
Smells ok, like confected apple sweets or apple Tango. The palate actually tastes like Granny Smiths apples, confected Granny Smiths apples, but Granny Smiths apples nevertheless. Then you get a bit of the core of the apple as well on the finish, and whilst this is the best of the three, it isn't saying much.