Review: Mini Chill and iChill “Relaxation Shots”

Review: Mini Chill and iChill “Relaxation Shots”

Energy is for sissies. The future is all about the chillax.

Little two-ounce plastic shots filled with caffeine, taurine, and other ‘ines are all the rage, but the newer phenomenon is shots designed not to pump you up but to cool you down.

Two boxes of these things arrived on virtually the same day, both with “Chill” in the name. It’s probably recklessly irresponsible to down this much chilling power all at once, but that’s why we’re here: So you don’t have to. Here’s what it’s like to be this “chill.”

mini chill shotMini Chill Relaxation “Natural Stress Relief” includes Valerian Root, GABA, L-Theanine, and 5-HTP. I don’t know what most of that stuff is, but I do know it’s purple. The flavor is berry-like but mild, very lightly sweet via a light touch of sucralose, and actually pretty easy to drink. Do I feel relaxed after polishing one off? Yes, but I’m barely awake enough to finish typing this as it is. Nothing to do with the beer, I’m sure. B+ / $36 for twelve 2-oz. bottles

iChill Relaxation Shot “Blissful Berry” is a much different formulation, including Vitamins B3, B6, B12, B5, Valerian Root, Rose Hips, and Melatonin. While Mini Chill purports to be non-drowsy in its formulation, iChill specifically suggests it might knock you out. That’s if you can finish it off. The taste of iChill is horrible, to be honest, oversweetened to oblivion with a Stevia-based additive, with a bitter finish and a phony berry character. Tastes like medicine. Chilling medicine. D+ / $37.50 for twelve 2-oz. bottles

Does this stuff work? Maybe. But frankly a Melatonin or Valerian Root tablet might do you just as much good if you’re feeling a little too wired.

Mini Chill Relaxation




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. sylvio on October 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    minichill tastes great and after 5-10 minutes feels calming and great the i chill tastes like bitersweet mildu and smells like horse crap at the stables

  2. sylvio on October 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    the best timeto try minichill is after a agrovating day at work almost feels like you had a glass of wine, Two thumbs up minichill!!!!

  3. Nunzio on October 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I was working in Manhattan and making my way home and I ran into mini chill. I tried it and had pleasant train ride home.

  4. kelly on November 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    the bad smell is from the valerian. you can buy all these things from a health food store and be a little less trendy. be cautious with melatonin- it can cause you to have dreams so vivid that they tend to be a little disturbing.

  5. JonnyDread on January 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Just purchased an iChill today! Can’t wait to try it out after an exhausting day doing dead lifts and delegating work!!!

  6. Adam on February 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    !! Troll Alert !!

    Why wouldn’t you wait until after you have tried the shot to post…

    Just saying.

  7. Chilled on February 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Apparently no thought given to the effectiveness of either product. Who effing cares about every nuance of taste when you’re pounding a shot. Are you kidding me? Maybe you wrote the article after being drunk AND chilled.

    I’ve had the iChill. It works – unbelievably well, as in “Where has this product been?” Havent seen the MIni out there yet. But there’s no question about falling asleep quickly and waking up feeling like you actually slept. I have to agree with kelly’s comment about dreams, tho. I did dream a lot – but nothing bad.

  8. Jake H. on March 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Well, this is based on look, and not much else…. My predictions (seem/are) right. iChill seems to be marketing for “upcoming trendiness” with the “lowercase ‘i’ and uppercase second letter” equation to “success.” Just slap that thing on any product, and you can make it crap….. it seems. Half of the “equation” users are crap, whereas the other half are giving their good product a “boost.” The iChill sounds like it’s the first one of the two…. I figured (based on the “5 Hour Energy shots…… The only “___ shots” not based on an already successful company[a.k.a. the “Red Bull Shots”] the “5HE” Shots are bitter, hard to stomach… but get the job done…. And it’s okay to do that…… cause the bitter taste “wires you up with anger”…. but chilling is the opposite….” And “Chill”, I want to transition from “Wanting to relax > Prepared to relax > Relaxed” not “Wanting to relax (and regretting what I’m about to do) > Bitter fucking taste in my mouth! > Doped out, angry, but chilled (or passed out)” …… That answers Chills question…… And again… no first hand testing…. Just, FYI….. All just speculation, K? …. No trolling. But now I have something to lean on when I order my 12 Mini Chill pack, and save a dollar fifty over the other…..

    P.S. I’m switching over from regular day shifts to night shift, so I’m not used to “chilling” during the day… But I sometimes use energy drinks to get me through the days… I’ll repost the effects of “Wiring” before “Chilling”… Like if it’s possible, weird dreams, weird piss colors, all the works! …. Well, on another site…. and maybe with animation?

    Can’t wait to try this, and start testing!

  9. David Says on June 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    ALL THE OTHERS HAVE BEEN COPY CATS. ICHILL is by far the best on the market and it gets the job done. I do not have a problem with the taste. Great for me!!!!!!

  10. Matthew I. on June 16, 2010 at 12:02 am

    100%. After 8 LOOOOOONG hours of nothing but moving furniture and sweating plus stressing out, I cant wait to drink the ichill. Who ever thought that such a little bottle could pack such a big punch. Actually more like a big pillow :)

  11. Cheri on August 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

    My 21 year old son has chronic insomnia. I found this for him and he rolled his eyes but agreed to try it. (NOTHING has ever worked.) We came home from date night and found him peacefully asleep at 11pm. Thinking he might be sick, was surprised to find out that no, he had just taken the iChill and it knocked him out. He was loving that! Didn’t get a chance to ask about the taste – he went right back to sleep.

  12. Preston on August 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I tried iChill last night on a lark and it worked better than I ever expected. I guess years of energy drinks have made me a bit jaded since I’ve developed a resistance to them, but the melatonin in the drink puts you out like a light.

    After an hour or two from taking it I was feeling groggy and shortly passed out afterword. I’ll definitely be getting some more of these for use during school this semester. I don’t really get the complaint about the flavor though, it tasted fairly mild and inoffensive to me.

  13. Colin Laney on September 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Melatonin is a mild sedative. In the UK, you need a prescription. I suspect the other ingredients are placebos. Melatonin tablets cost maybe ten cents.

  14. Dr. O on November 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    As far as i can see the mini shot has a peer-reviewed paper and was created by a phd?
    Sounds like the real deal?

  15. snakedoc on December 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    iChill simply does it. plus it has ingredients that we have all heard of. I’m a single Dad of 3 full time. iChill works for me. and works well.

  16. YO on January 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Now if it only had Codeine in it lolol…

  17. Chris on May 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Just found my local 7-11 carries iChilli. I bought it and just took it a few minutes ago, and it definitely works!

  18. Josh on June 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    ichill has benzoate in it…which is in the benzodiazipine family (obv)…be careful with this this as anything with the word benzo can be addicting. This is my second nite taking it and it knocks me out.

  19. Dave on July 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I live in California and found a product called ZaZen at the store down the street. Helped me get a great night’s sleep and woke up feeling good. Haven’t tried the others mentioned in this blog.

  20. Makod on September 4, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Josh, potassium benzoate is a salt; a type of preservative. Benzodiazepams are what you are thinking of, and they are not in any of these products; they’d be banned in an instant or marked up a lot more than they are.

    I can’t comment on the product as I’ve never tried it, only seen it around; just wanted to make sure that people don’t mistake it for containing class 3 drugs in it.

  21. Brandon on October 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Josh is a dumbass look up benzoate on wikipedia its a preservative..and anything ending with PINE is in the benzo class..get you shit str8 before misleading people.

  22. Theresa on December 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    iChill will rip holes in your stomach & have you on the toilet for 2 days…. just sayin….

  23. Terri on November 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Will this drink show as positive on a drug test for benzo?

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