Continuing the discussion from Official Soylent Shipping/Fulfillment Thread [updated 8/8]:
First things first, I received my Soylent on Friday Dec 29 late in the day. The exterior box was a larger than appropriate sized cardboard box that had been cut down and folded over to reduce extra space on the inside. So the packaging was not sized properly, but had been manually resized to meet the needs of the box contents. (There was one large plastic air packing insert to prevent one of the smaller boxes from shifting during transit.)
Upon opening the box, I discovered that one of the @Soylent boxes was pre-opened.
The content of the opened box matches the content of the unopened box. I checked the lot numbers on all of the Soylent pouches and Oil blend bottles. Everything is exactly the same. The Oil blend bottles do not come tamper proof. This is a concern for all shipped food, especially when the box comes opened.
Once a pouch is opened, prior to mixing, the dry powder smell is overpoweringly vanilla. Not much else can be distinguished. Additionally, the powder is evenly distributed through the bag, resulting in an explosion of power upon opening (since there is powder between the pouch seal-line and the tear-line.)
I did immediately wash my pitcher (I’ll post a separate topic with pictures of how it disassembles, since this is a frequent conversation topic on the Soylent forums) and make a batch of Soylent. I consumed a very small portion (2-3 sips worth) to evaluate taste and texture and then refrigerated the rest.
I did smell the oil bottle before pouring it into the Soylent pitcher. The odor is slightly unpleasant but is mostly neutral.
Once mixed, the Soylent odor is predominately the sucralose/vanilla sweet scent and cake batter (powdery or floury), with a background unpleasant scent of the oil.
The taste was runny compared to my DIY People Chow experiences. I’ll need to evaluate exactly how much water is going into the pitcher (I didn’t specifically measure it the first time through, I just filled according to directions.)
I had a half-glass about 2.5 hours later, after it had chilled. The taste profile did not change. The flavor is too sweet and the sucralose does not obscure the oil flavor (for me.) Both the first-mix-room-temperature tasting and the 2.5 hour later tasting were mildly unpleasant.
While I write this post, I’m having my first full glass of Soylent. I have taken beano proactively to hopefully prevent my wife from being exposed to chemical warfare a la Soylent.
The texture has thickened slightly after sitting over night. It is still much runnier than the DIY People Chow I make but graininess of Soylent is dramatically less than DYI People Chow. (That masa is very grainy coming out of the bag.) The oil is slightly less noticeable but the sucralose is still too sweet for my taste buds.
I’m working a 12-16 hour day today (scheduled maintenance), so having the Soylent handy to reduce time spent on meals is going to be a huge improvement to the day. It means I can work through the day with minimal interruptions, hopefully getting done up to 2 hours earlier because I didn’t spend that time on breaks or food.
I’ll have more photos later of the box contents and Soylent prep.