For the time being (and it will be a short time) I’ve run out of my own stuff to review. Thankfully the folks at ThirstMonger have kept me well stocked with other beverages, namely Joia. We’ve reviewed a Joia flavor before and at the time I was rather impressed with their flavor selection. Today’s offering deserves the same praise as the flavor listed is Blackberry, Pomegranate and Ginger. In case you’ve forgotten, Joia is an all-natural soda sweetened with pure cane sugar and erythritol which is a natural sweetener. Blackberry, pomegranate, ginger, and elderflower are all listed as ingredients as well, so I’m feeling pretty good about what I’m about to consume. The healthy cranberry red color is also quite pleasing to the eye. Enough chittering, time to crack this bottle open.
The aroma that comes off the top is not unlike a rose. There is a sweet, flowery smell, that if huffed a bit stronger deconstructs (There, I wrote it. I wrote one of the “fanciest” review words there is. I’ve been trying to avoid that word, but it just came out this time. Dang it. I’ve sold out to the English language) into the listed fruit flavors on the bottle. Let’s see if this superb scent translates into a terrific taste. Double alliteration. You like that?
That is an incredibly pleasant experience. Immediately I’m shown that the level of carbonation has been though out. It’s just the right amount of tickle when compared to the viscosity of the beverage. It ultimately stays out of the way, but occasionally cracks a joke form the corner just to let you know he’s there.
All three listed flavors have shown up for roll call and aren’t hiding toward the back of the group. When I first take a sip the triple threat is at its strongest. The blackberry and pomegranate stand tall upon my taste buds with a very noticeable ginger right behind them. Pretend you’re playing “Red Rover” with fruit. Blackberry and Pomegranate are on a team and they call out, “Red rover, red rover, let Ginger come over.” Ginger releases whatever losers he was tied to and crashes into the arms of B.B. and Pommy. That’s how Joia introduced this ginger flavor to my mouth. You see him running up from the distance, gaining speed, like you’re about to be hit in the face with the burning sensation of ginger.
Then right as he’s within spitting distance the arms of Blackberry and Pomegranate slow him down enough that they avert disaster. Ginger may pull their arms back trying to break free, but B.B. and Pommy hold strong. Take a mental picture of that. Three “kids” playing this game and at this exact point having a great time either holding their friend back or trying to muster enough strength to power through. All of them at this point in time are succeeding, the outcome is unknown, but the time had is excellent. That’s what Joia Blackberry Pomegranate & Ginger soda is. It’s a fantastic combination of fun, flavor, ingredients, and style. This is a truly wonderful beverage.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet