The Look: Monster usually has fantastic packaging on all their products but I think they out did themselves this time. Monster M3 actually comes in a green glass bottle. Each bottle is 5 oz in size and has a top that you have to get off with a bottle opener (no twist off). They also put a Monster emblem of an eagle holding what looks like a Monster crest directly into the glass. Around the bottle they wrapped a black label that features the Monster "M" (to the 3rd power apparently) in the usual Monster green color. On the back there is a very entertaining passage about Monster M3.
Even the slogan on this bottle is great: "Grab an M3 glass and kick some ass!" Normally I dock a slight amount if the caffeine content is not listed on the bottle but I will give Monster a free pass because the rest of the packaging looks so nice.
(10 out of 10)
Taste: This drink is listed as a "super concentrate" so I was not sure what to expect taste wise. When I first pried the metal cap off the container I was greeted with a familiar smell of Monster. Imagine the original green Monster with a slighter higher carbonation level and that is exactly what this taste like. If you hate Monster then you will probably dislike this drink but if you like it.....
(8 out of 10)
Does It Work: Monster M3 promises to have the same kick of a full 16 oz drink crammed into this 5 oz glass bottle. It took me about 4 or 5 minutes to finish the entire drink and I started to feel quite energized within 10 minutes. The drink actually caught me a bit off guard and even caused a slight amount of jittery energy. All together I experienced roughly 3.5 - 4 hours of energy that ended in a very mild crash.
(8.5 out of 10)
What's Inside: Each bottle of Monster M3 contains 50 calories, 13 grams of sugar, 4 different B vitamins, 2000 mg of taurine, 120 mg of sodium, 400 mg of panax ginseng, and 5000 mg of their energy blend (l-carnitine, glucose, caffeine (an undisclosed amount), guarana, inositol, glucurono-lactone, and maltodextrin).
Overall Thoughts: So was this drink worth the wait? I believe it was. Monster M3 delivers a truly bad ass bottle, the usual Monster flavor, and a kick that is on par if not slighter stronger than a full size Monster. Just like Monster Rehab, you should start to see these appearing in more places this month.
Official Website: http://www.monsterenergy.com/