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Old 03-22-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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I recently ordered a 5lb tub of MGN whey, in rocky road flavor based on recommendation, from M&S. I settled on this because of the protein content per scoop, number or servings per tub, and overall cost of the product.

In true M&S fashion, my protein arrived in 5 days, well packaged and exactly as described. Perfect service.

The container was quite full, less wasted container than many products. Packaging was professional and concise. Nutritional info clearly listed, no ridiculous fine print or outlandish claims. Freshness seal was fully intact.

Initial impression was a good smell, fine powder, with no clumps.

I take my whey post workout. This is especially important on days where I finish prior to meal time, as my meal times are prescribed for me, and I'm usually quite hungry after lifting. Taking a shake eases the hunger prior to getting whole foods.

I've made a few shakes so far, with both water and milk. Either way mixes very easily, even using an empty water bottle as a shaker. No clumping, easy to drink consistency, similar to chocolate milk.

Taste. Taste is this products downfall. And not a small one. The flavor is something I can only guess would be similar to concentrated coffee flavoring. It's overpoweringly sweet. Almost nauseating. I'm having a hard time drinking the whole thing without a chaser of something that isn't sweet. The sucralose content is not listed as a numerical value, but it should be. Sucralose being one of the sweetest sugar substitutes approved for human consumption. Overbearing. Obnoxious. Punishment. Just a few words to describe the sweetness. And I'm one that enjoys candy and sugary drinks.

There was so much good happening up to the point where I actually drank the shakes, that I was shocked at this glaring error. Unfortunately, it's not one I can look past. This is a deal breaker for me on future purchases. I don't expect supplement to be a delightful treat, I consider it to be in the same league as medicine. Taste is backseat to function and value. This isn't just about taste though, it's an error on the manufacturers Parton assuming the consumer needs that much sweetener added to palate the drink.

Packaging 9/10
Mixing 10/10
Value 9/10
Taste 3/10

I want to like this product for all it's pros, but that one glaring problem will prevent me from purchasing it again until I've been shown that it has changed. I also cannot in good conscience recommend this to anyone else. I shared some with others who, without warning them of my issues, echoed the same complaint.


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Old 03-22-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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They may have changed formula. I normally get the American Isolate in RR and like it. It's just been sold out every time I go to order.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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I found something similar with the Apple Cinnamon flavor. Overpoweringly sweet. The standard cinnamon bun was fine though. Ice Cream Sandwich MGN Synmax had no sweetener at all from what I could tell.
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I found something similar with the Apple Cinnamon flavor. Overpoweringly sweet. The standard cinnamon bun was fine though. Ice Cream Sandwich MGN Synmax had no sweetener at all from what I could tell.
I actually just received a tub of this this week Brute. For my personal taste even it is too sweet! The flavor is nice, and it dissolves soooo much better in my coffee than ON Gold Standard.
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I actually just received a tub of this this week Brute. For my personal taste even it is too sweet! The flavor is nice, and it dissolves soooo much better in my coffee than ON Gold Standard.
It does dissolve nicely. I use 1 scoop per 32 oz of coffee in general.
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Have you spoken with Anthony Cody of MGN, any of you that are dissatisfied? I haven't talked to him in a bit, but I'm sure he would try to help you and keep you as a customer. He is on M&S AMuscle1, he is easy to work with. The Cinnamon Bun pure Iso in oatmeal was a staple of mine for like 6 months of breakfast every day.
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Have you spoken with Anthony Cody of MGN, any of you that are dissatisfied? I haven't talked to him in a bit, but I'm sure he would try to help you and keep you as a customer. He is on M&S AMuscle1, he is easy to work with. The Cinnamon Bun pure Iso in oatmeal was a staple of mine for like 6 months of breakfast every day.
He isn't here, so no.

I got the tub for free do to a review, so I have no complaints. The protein profile was epic, the taste was awful. They can do what they want with my review.

Synmax aside, I love their products and will continue buying the cinnamon bun for my morning coffee until I die. That stuff is good.
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He isn't here, so no.

I got the tub for free do to a review, so I have no complaints. The protein profile was epic, the taste was awful. They can do what they want with my review.

Synmax aside, I love their products and will continue buying the cinnamon bun for my morning coffee until I die. That stuff is good.
For sure, that's understandable. Sleepingdog, since you bought yours and were disappointed though, I'm about 99% sure that AC would try to make it right.
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Randoja, I have no issues with their customer service, however, I'm not prepared to wait while mailing this one back and then receiving a new tub. Being in a deployed location means that could be up to 2 weeks without my staple supplement. With the food situation here, that would not go well. I'm going to do what most of us do when we get a supp that we don't like the taste, bear down and eat it.
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