Mea culpa... I folded to the Siren's song of a heavily discounted competitor's hydration mix and my gut revolted in protest.
I said to myself; "Self, you've been using Tailwind for nearly 7 years now. Perhaps there are other, more advanced hydration products out there in the market now. Oh look, a discount code for 65% off their (ridiculously overpriced) MSRP. Okay self, we're doing this; we are going to see how far the science of liquid hydration has progressed."
The new product arrives, I read every word of the label and am first put off by these foreign terms... Aspartame... what the... " [tap,tap,tap... web search for aspart... ewwww, a low-calorie, intense artificial sweetener. ARTIFICIAL?!?]
Back to the label... okay, but everything else looks on the up and up... wait a second... "Natural Flavors" that's a pretty big umbrella that can mask a lot of stuff.
Sigh... well... I've spent the money; I should at least try it for a bike ride or two, right?
Nope, should've left it sealed and donated it to the food pantry, or sold it as an embalming agent at a funeral parlor trade show.
Even mixed below the recommended serving ratio, the taste was intensely sweet (thanks Aspartame) and left an acrid aftertaste with every pull of the bottle (thanks again, and again, and again Aspartame) Like a horrible version of lemonade that has only been sweetened with those artificial packets of tabletop sweeteners you see in restaurants.
NEVER AGAIN SELF... NEVER.AGAIN!
Spoiler... Tailwind still reigns supreme for the perfect, individually tunable levels of hydration required by endurance athletes... especially this one!