Oh JOIA, how your flavors challenge me. It seems to always be three flavors with one of them being normal, one being different, and a final one that’s just odd. Today’s feature is JOIA Lime Hibiscus and Clove. Lime, good old lime. I like lime soda it’s usually pretty tasty. Clove is in here too? Ok, I’ve had a couple of clove flavored items in my life. I also used to push them into apples for Christmas decorations. What’s this? Hibiscus? That’s a flower. While I’ve had a few sodas with hibiscus included, that’s still not enough for my mind to make this a regular flavor of soda...natural ingredients or not.
What am I supposed to do, take a sip and say “oh man the hibiscus in this is poppin’?” Perhaps if my tastebuds were smarter. I like to think I still have the common man’s taste buds. I don’t use words like “node” when describing a scent. Then again I could probably improve at my descriptions, but that’s for another time. For now my job is to drink JOIA Lime Hibiscus and Clove.
For being a lime soda it does have somewhat of a flowery aroma. The clove is also easily identified with each sniff I take. In fact the lime seems to be riding in the middle of back seat on the hump with his sisters to either side of him.
OH MAN THAT HIBISCUS IS POPPIN’! It’s not, but I can at least discern the hibiscus flavor from the clove and lime. While the lime gave off the lightest scent it has taken full command of the taste. He might be riding in the middle of the back seat, but he’s got control of the radio. After the initial burst of lime the sweet hibiscus and clove briefly swing by and make a polite appearance. Quickly saying their goodbyes the girls saunter off allowing their brash younger brother to continue talking. It’s quite the delicate flavor experience, but their story is told particularly well.
The carbonation is only strong enough to keep this soda from seeming flat. Microscopically small bubbles rush down the back of my throat with each gulp; just creating a friendly reminder of their existence.
So there you have it. JOIA Lime Hibiscus and Clove is really a lime soda plus. The added flavors sweeten the experience and briefly refreshed my palate. Even though I’m a huge fan of most any lime soda it was nice to have a bit of intermission built in to each sip.
Verdict - Buy a Pallet