First time ordering RTD, I got a box of vanilla and chocolate each (berry is OOS). Vanilla is fine, but chocolate has a really weird artificial side flavor to it. I can taste that there’s a nice chocolate flavor foundation, but there’s an additional flavor there too that makes it undrinkable (for me). It’s weird because if it was inherent to RTD I’d expect it in vanilla too, but I can’t detect it there.
After reading around the forum I saw that there are supply issues for RTD and maybe some EU batches around but that this was planned to be resolved by April? How can I tell which batch I’ve got? The chocolate does have a number on the back with ‘EU’ that the vanilla doesn’t have, but the bottles are the same style (foil cap, etc.).
I think it’s possibly there with the vanilla (drinking one now and trying to tell), but maybe my brain thinks it matches better so I can’t detect it as well. It’s so strong on chocolate that I would wonder how anyone else could drink it, though I guess it’s hard to tell if it’s subjectively bad or something actually did go wrong. I’ve consumed all kinds of meal-replacement and protein powders that had an artificial chocolate flavor but nothing had this bad of a side-taste.
easy to tell the difference - EU bottles have a foil seal under the cap and the resin code for the plastic on the base of the bottle is 4. US bottles use tamper proof caps and no foil seals and resin code is 1.
Mine had both. About 30 bottles on the shelf yesterday with the new type at the back and EU type at the front. Nice way to quickly compare them. EU remains the same (I didn’t have any issue with it aside from one bottle) and the new type is lovely.