Posted on 22 Jul 2013
4 min read
The Protein Works made quite the stir when they opened for business back in 2012.
Founded by three ex-directors of MyProtein, the company soon set about shaking up the sports supplement industry by combining premium quality, great value-for-money and a flair for innovation.
Curious to see what this promising new company had to offer, I decided to try one of their flagship products:
Before I get started with the product itself (which is great – order now if you can’t be arsed to read the rest of this review), I just want talk about the branding, which really is top drawer.
The Protein Works website is an absolute pleasure to visit – just browsing the site gave me a 1/4 chub.
Also, the packaging is first class.
With a few snips here and there, you could quite easily use it to fashion an outfit that wouldn’t look out of place in a Shoreditch nightclub.
Anyway, I digress.
Simply put, Whey Protein 80 is a high-quality, well-priced whey protein concentrate that is available in a range of unique – and frankly delicious – flavours.
With over 80% protein content and a rich mix of glutamine and BCAAs, this is an ideal product to help build muscle and assist recovery.
And its great taste makes it ideal for the bodybuilder with a more refined palette.
Per typical 25g serving, the nutritional stats are as follows:
|Carbs (of which sugar)||2.3g (2.2g)|
|Fat (of which saturates)||1.7g (1.5g)|
These are exceptional macros for a protein shake which when combined with a lack of any fillers or thickeners immediately demands your attention.
The product mixes as well as any other protein powder I have tried and is largely lumpless, so no complaints there.
Now we come on to taste, which is clearly a USP that the guys at The Protein Works are trying to promote.
Flamboyant is an understatement.
Imagine if George Michael was contracted to come up with the flavours for a new line of Durex condoms, then you’ll get some idea of what we’re dealing with here.
Apple Cinnamon Swirl, Butterscotch Ripple and Caramel Macchiato are just some of the options.
I opted to try Lemon Shortcake and Chocolate and Morello Cherry.
Despite my reservations, I have to say I was very impressed.
The Lemon Shortcake was delicious (although a tiny bit sweet), but the Chocolate and Morello Cherry was, without doubt, the best tasting shake I’ve ever tried.
If you can imagine a liquidised chocolate forest gateux without a toilet bowl massacre springing to mind, then do, as this is the best comparison I can make.
Word of advice: if possible, mix it with milk, it tastes even better!
Whey Protein 80 comes in at £44.99 for 4kg.
To put that in context, that’s about 1p per gram, which, as industry standards go, is absolutely rock bottom (Myprotein’s Impact Whey Protein is slightly cheaper at 0.9p per gram).
But if taste is important to you, Whey Protein 80 is simply miles ahead.
And also, unlike Myprotein, all The Protein Works’ products come with free scoops.
What’s more, the resealable bag is one of the few that actually work like they are supposed to.
Sometimes the little touches go a long way!
Whey Protein 80 is a superb supplement from new kids on the block The Protein Works.
Combining great value-for-money with premium grade ingredients and an unmatched range of delicious flavours, this is fast becoming one of the most popular products at Gymtalk HQ.
Highly recommended – especially if you fancy a change from MyProtein – and one of the best products we’ve reviewed this year!
It’s also worth pointing out that delivery was ultra-speedy.
The website says to allow for 3/5 working days, but I ordered my protein on a Monday and I had it by Tuesday.
To get your hands on Whey Protein 80 – and we highly recommend you do – visit The Protein Works website.
Also, be sure to check out our The Protein Works discount codes as you should be able to save some money on your order.
If you’ve tried this product or any others from The Protein Works let us know in the comments below.
We’d love to hear from you!