Top critical review
Something has changed... and not for the better.
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
I am a huge fan of the Celsius Sparkling Cola flavor. I’ve been buying them on amazon for a couple years now, since I can't find this particular flavor in a conveniently-located store. I recently got my husband started on this flavor, so have doubled up on my orders. Just as an FYI, I always put the newest boxes on the bottom and the oldest ones on top to rotate/restock items properly. This past Monday, I opened one of the boxes in a case and it tasted like... well, what I would "imagine" that urine might taste like. It was so awful, that I couldn't drink more than a couple sips. The next day, I thought I would try another can in the same box, just in case it was "my taster" being "off." Well, that can had the same problem. Couldn’t drink more than a couple sips of that one either. So then, I opened another box of 4 cans and that one tasted perfect. Just as always. I started comparing the cans/boxes to see if anything had changed. The ones that taste nasty have a silver-colored top/tab. The ones that taste good, have a black top/tab. Other than that, the cans and boxes look identical. The bottom of the black-top can is stamped with: MFG 3098 LX 5 and EXP 0220 0750. The bottom of the silver-top can says: MFG 3639 LX 5 and EXP 0321 1612-. So, if i understand this info correctly, this indicates that the black-top can is older (but tastes better) and the silver-top cans are newer (and the ingredients have probably changed). Since I currently have 144 cans (5 2/3 cases stacked up in my kitchen; 4 cans in the fridge (one of which i have opened and it tastes pretty bad, but hasn't chilled yet - will try it in the morning); and 2 cans on the counter (out of the box that had two other nasty ones in it). I am going to cancel my auto ship on amazon because I have opened one box in at least 4 of the cases today, and they all have the silver-color top on them. I don’t know if the ingredients have changed, or if there is a quality control issue, but these things are entirely too expensive not to be able to drink them. I can't begin to tell you how awful this stuff tastes and I’m so sad, because I have loved this flavor for years.