I have been waiting for this product to be released over in England for several months now and was fortunate enough to win a few packs through a Strava challenge.
I resisted the temptation to immediately try the product out as that would have been pointless, however i was due a half day off for my father's funeral a few days later and knew that i would probably go for a run afterwards if the weather was nice (beast from the east was the previous week - so very very cold, wet and windy).
My run was medium distance 25km (about 15 miles) with some sprint intervals thrown in because i wanted to really test how good the Rebuild Recovery drink was.
Post run. I am well aware of needing to take recovery nutrition within the first half hour or so of exercise and that a mixture of both protein (and relevant BCAAs) and carbohydrates (to increase glycogen levels) helps the most. I decided on the chocolate flavour for my first taste.
The packet seemed a little small to what i normally use with scoops and i must have lost my strength because the plastic pouch would not tear (weak vegan you see), however when opened, the first thing i did was smell the contents. Rich chocolaty aroma. There were no instructions (unless i need to get my sight tested) as to how much liquid was needed, so i added around 300ml water (wanted this experience to be as pure as possible, so no extra flavours).
The taste was unexpected. Not like that weak milky chocolate flavour you often get; this was deep and rich like a 75% cocoa content bar of chocolate. It was smooth and not gritty like so many other protein sources and my friends, family and work colleagues the following day were not blown away by any gaseous outbursts which seem to be a prerequisite for most protein powders.
The following day. Whilst I didnt run (I have several races coming up over the next few weeks including a few marathons and ultras), I had no aches or pains in my legs. Unfortunately it wasnt able to magically create a couple of new toenails for me overnight, but ... maybe one day.
In conclusion. I would like to advise tailwind that single serve pouches are not enough. Many athletes will be wanting to purchase tubs of 1kg or 2kg weight. I would also very strongly advise that Tailwind gets their products approved by the "Informed-Sport quality assurance program" This means that a sample from each batch is tested against World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list for any banned substances. Doing this would actually allow professional athletes to use an endorse your products without the fear of a possible negative test result and would ultimately give you a higher profile.
All in all, Rebuild seems like a great product. I only remove the one star because It looks as though there are only the single serve pouches available and there was no instruction as to how much liquid to use.