Cola Rebell – Balanced & Maxx Chilli Cola

by Marty Greenwell on June 4, 2013 · 4 comments

in Product Reviews

Cola Rebell is listed as a high-content caffeine drink – if you’re a coffee fan, the type that grinds your own beans or maybe even roasts them, the 25mg per 100ml is perhaps only a quarter or less of what you’d consume with the average percolated brew to put the content in perspective. It’s also not massively high compared to many sodas or colas, so I wouldn’t really put this in the bracket of massively high caffeine levels.

Cola RebellThis is less about that though and more about the taste. I’ve had chilli beer, chilli vodka, chilli cheese, chilli fudge, chilli chocolate … but this is the first time I’ve tried chilli cola. Many people would only associate chilli as a savoury thing, but it can work amazingly well along with the sweet as the previous list would suggest – this is a super food after all – so this could very well be a good match.

ColaRebell produce far more cola variations than the two I’m covering here, the Balanced Chilli and Maxx Chilli – so check out their website for their other products including alcoholic beverages. 

The Balanced Chilli Cola is classed as the milder of the two products and in the clear glass bottle you can see the classic cola brown colours. The label suggests that this can be enjoyed on its own or as a mixer, so just to be sure I’m going to give this a go with some vodka and various other liquors. Hic.

Ingredients:

Carbonated Water, Sugar, Carbonic Acid, Barley Extract, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Caffeine and Natural Flavouring.

It has a fizz when opening the bottle with the aroma of sweet cola, it’s very sweet on the tongue but there’s no real detectable chilli heat or taste to it at all – as a cola it’s fine and as a mixer it’s has a nice taste to counter strong spirits, but I would struggle to call this a chilli based product.

The Maxx Chilli cola is the stronger of the two products, it has the same colour and fizz when opened, but doesn’t have quite as sweet a cola smell as the balanced variety.

Ingredients:

As above

Maxx doesn’t taste as sweet as the balanced cola either and with this one there is a hint of heat to it. Initially there’s just the cola flavour, but once swallowed there’s the warmth of chilli there on the throat – it’s pleasant, but it’s not what you would call extreme. There’s a really lovely mild chilli hint that lingers there for a while and certainly has a pleasant aftertaste. Along with a touch of vodka you get a nice spirit and chilli burn on the throat making it a great mixer. With a dark rum it’s ever more a better match and complements the flavours there well.

Both can be purchased in packs of twelve via the Cola Rebell website at around £15 for 330ml bottles, so it’s really around the same price as the main brands with the added chilli bonus.

Of the two, Maxx is bar far the better chilli cola as the Balanced variety simply has no heat to it that I can detect at all. As colas both have a sweet strong taste and work as mixers, but for chilli heads I’d recommend giving the Maxx a go first.

Cola Rebell Balanced

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

Cola Rebell Maxx

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Amanda October 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Please may you advise where I can order Cola Rebell MAXX Chilli from? I have been looking for this every year for 2 years but have never been able to order any.

I would very much appreciate it if I could get a 6-12 pack of these for Christmas.

Many thanks,

Amanda

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avatar Derek November 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

Hello Beth

Thanks for your compliments on our natural cola and how it tastes against mass produced products.

We understand your frustrations receiving the deliveries, we are too! Your initial delivery was lost, normal delivery is within 48 hours. The second delivery was damaged, and 2 bottles ( one bottle of each ) were lost in transit. We then sent 2 bottles, again lost in transit. You are not alone unfortunately, and we are losing 40% in transit and therefore have suspended deliveries as we believe the packaging is not entirely to blame. We have proven this by sending via Royal Mail who deliver perfectly well, but cost 3 times the price and we do no think customers will pay £15 delivery charge.

We are working on the packaging to make improvements, but at the same time it is a balance between cost and excessive damage to the environment, and we believe the deliveries may be being broken in transit not by accident as we have proven by using Royal Mail. We will work on this issue and also the delivery ready for the New Year.

Thanks for your comments and business

Cola Rebell

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avatar Beth November 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

I absolutely love this cola, I can’t stand coca cola, but this is tastes amazing. Has a real kick to it. Such a shame it’s only available from Cola rebell. Their delivery time is almost two weeks from ordering, bottles very poorly packaged (loose & rolling around in flimsy card board box-amazed they arrived unbroken) also two bottles missing. When I e-mailed them to ask when I could expect the other two bottles, they sent me an email back saying they would post them in next couple of days……6 weeks on & still waiting! Very poor customer service.

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avatar Dea January 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

JUST PICKED UP 3 330ML BOTTLES for less than £1 (2 maxx and 1 balanced) from my local 99p store…. Dated until 01/11/14

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