Ink Energy Drink Review

ink-nzAnother drink from Down Under is Ink energy drink.  With it’s unassuming red can with a Maori  inspired tattoo design covering the front this drink, it does spark some curiosity.

This drink makes no exaggerated claims of energy or greatness but simply states;

“Ink- marks worn with pride. Symbols of courage and determination. Earned, not given. Rise to the challenge.”

In traditional Maori culture the beautiful tattoos that they adorn are earned as rights of passage and status. Maori tattoos symbolize strength and vitality.

Lets see if this unique drink can deliver what it’s art represents.


Ink energy drink’s flavor was certainly different than I expected it to be. I guess because of the red can my brain made assumptions about the flavor so when it hit my lips, I was quite surprised and yet confused.  I just couldn’t quite place the flavor of this one. I could definitely taste citrus, but cola as well, or is it coffee like in the Black V?

Still not quite sure, but if you think “citrus cola” it kind of starts agreeing with your brain, but then it could be “coffee citrus” as well. Hmmmmm.  I couldn’t say that this was the greatest tasting drink, but it wasn’t bad and I had no trouble finishing the can.


Ink will give you 600mg of guarana and 2000mg of taurine along with 160mg of caffeine and some B vitamins. This drink has 550mg of sodium which is high for an energy drink and funny as I was drinking it, I checked the sodium because it did taste slightly salty to me.


I drank this drink as an afternoon pick-me-up and it did just that. I plugged on till 4:30 at work where I managed to crash a website, then I went for a winter surf for over an hour, and then I hung out with some friends and watched a movie. The whole time feeling quite energetic.


With few energy drink options available in New Zealand and Australia, I would recommend you try this drink. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the taste or the energy delivery.

Drinks are reviewed by an independent drink reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.


Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on April 12, 2019