So I’ve been sent several soda samples this year and fortunately the JOIA line was one of them. The flavors I’ve had thus far were quite good and they don’t use any artificial ingredients either. Today’s bottle of JOIA is of the Orange, Jasmine, and Nutmeg flavored variety. The ingredients list each of the flavors titled plus a few extras like Monk Fruit, which is actually on the rise when it comes to soda making. I’m not quite sure what this family of flavors will be like when combined, but I'm willing to bet it’ll be tasty.
A delightful natural orange aroma rushes to the mouth of the bottle. The nutmeg is also prevalent enough to make itself known with ease. These two flavors don’t completely mask the jasmine, but they’re definitely the stars of this aromatic show.
A citrus kick right to the back of my throat is how I start my journey with this soda. The orange and nutmeg once again working in tandem. The nutmeg keeps the orange from tasting too acidic, creating a bitter flavor in the middle of my sip. As the two power players work with one another the jasmine lilts in the background, creating a subtle sweetness. Ultimately the orange is the most dominant of the three and has the final say as my gulp comes to an end.
Proving just as important is the small, but sharp bubbles experienced with each taste. They keep the beverage alive and fun; stopping the orange/nutmeg combination from just sitting in your stomach as orange juice can sometimes do.
All in all, JOIA Orange Jasmine and Nutmeg is a solid beverage. All three of the flavors play their parts well, the ingredient list is fantastic, and it’s not just another fruit soda. The bitter taste will not be pleasing to some, myself included, but it’s not so strong that you can’t enjoy the soda. Pick up a few and share them with your friends, let them decide.
Verdict - Buy a Pack