When ThirstMonger said this week’s beverage was going to be JOIA, I honestly had no idea what would be coming in the mail. When I opened the box I found six oddly delightful flavored sodas that I honestly can’t wait to try. Since my fridge is full of soda as it is, I took a chance and picked the best two sounding flavors that were to be chosen from when chilled. Upon opening my ice box again Joia Pineapple Coconut & Nutmeg was the winner and I cannot wait to try it.
JOIA lists itself as an all-natural soda which is very pleasing to both my eyes and my tongue. Looking at the ingredient list I’m impressed even further as I see pure cane sugar, real pineapple juice concentrate, and natural flavors of pineapple, coconut, nutmeg, cocoa, etc. There’s other ingredients that are equally natural that I’m leaving out, but these are the ones that I’ll be tasting so I figured them important enough to mention. The JOIA bottle design is very tranquil and reminds me of something I might be handed on a beach vacationing somewhere. I’m not big on beach vacations, but I am big on fancy tropical drinks… perhaps I was just given an easy way to induce enjoyment. I picked JOIA Pineapple Coconut & Nutmeg because those three flavors just sound like that need to be together, like they’ve been buddies all along playing behind the school. Hopefully my initial thoughts won’t lead me astray.
A delightful aroma containing all three of the listed flavors oozes out of the mouth of the bottle. It’s not an overpowering aroma, but it certainly isn’t playing around. I suppose it’s time to follow the directions on the side of the bottle and “Drink Instinct”.
Just as I suspected the flavors act as if they are old chums, each complementing the other. Pineapple comes in as the base, setting the stage for its friends. Coconut comes out and tells a light joke to get everyone chuckling and nutmeg works the lights determining the mood of each sip. If one were to be considered strongest of the three it would have to be pineapple, but nutmeg and coconut aren’t far behind. The Nutmeg adds a somewhat bitter taste to each sip, but the undertone of sweet pineapple helps me forget it by the end of my swig. The carbonation level of JOIA is a slight, sharp fizz that grazes all parts of my mouth. It keeps my tongue interested and tells my hand to continue picking up the bottle. I’m not hugely fond of pineapple sodas so some of my bias may show in the rating, but JOIA does a good job with the natural juices and flavors they have on their palette. While I enjoyed JOIA Pineapple, Coconut, and Nutmeg I’m sure it won’t be my favorite of the JOIA brand. I can’t wait to find out what that will be.
Verdict – Buy a Pack
Twist says "You'll enJOIA it." Then he cried tears of sorrow for such a pun.