How’s the old saying go? JOIA, JOIA everywhere, and lots of flavors to drink? I’m pretty sure that’s accurate. Once again I have a bottle of JOIA in front of me. This time it’s flavor is listed as Ginger, Apricot, and Allspice. Three ingredients I enjoy, but never even thought about combining. As with all JOIA beverages the flavors listed in the title are easily found in the ingredient list along with a host of other natural tastes. You see, JOIA is an all natural soda with nothing artificial. This allows me to expect every flavor combination to be at least above average, hopefully this bottle will meet those expectations.
The allspice and ginger are the strongest scents out of the mouth of the bottle. It’s an aroma that I wouldn’t mind filling up my house. Perhaps JOIA should start a candle business on the side. I’d buy one.
Son of a gun, that first impression is a delightful one. Immediately I see why ginger and allspice were the two scents greeting me from the get go. Each sip I take is like watching them wrestle for dominance.
Ginger punches Allspice in the throat, but Allspice recovers and jumps onto Ginger from the ropes. Rolling out of the way, Ginger connects with Allspices kidney. Allspice hits the mat and Ginger goes on top for the pin. ONE, TWO, THR… Allspice is able to kick out of it, but rolls out of the ring in a daze. Ginger charges after knowing that Allspice is weakened, but what’s this? A chair clocks Ginger across the face. HE’S NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT! HE’S NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT! Ginger hits the mat unconscious and Allspice pins him down. ONE, TWO, TH… a bottle is thrown from an unknown location knocking Allspice out. The two spices are still in the middle of the ring. Who threw the bottle? It was Apricot.
That’s pretty much what my experience is like. It’s a lot of spice fighting amongst the bubbles and I kind of forgot that there is even supposed to be an apricot flavor. Then somewhere in the aftertaste I remembered. While the spices were nice change of pace at first now they are starting to tire out my taste buds. I want more of the fruit and less of the spice. It’s no longer a refreshing beverage because of these uneven levels. Perhaps if Apricot had been given the chance at the title he would have brought his A game.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle