the last kava I had labeled Lateral Root was the temo, and it was extremely potent and just great overall
I went into the Bir Kar lateral root with high expectations.
As I noticed with the temo lateral roots, the bir kar was also a more coarse grind than usual for kava, requiring more effort, squeezing the bag in water, to get the good stuff out.
i tried it the normal way I'd usually do it, kneaded under water for about 10 minutes, or until the powder starts to feel sandy, instead of soapy.
The effects are hard to notice, i guess there's some anxiety relief, it's a little bit relaxing, but almost like it's not even the same thing as the temo, which blowed me away.
i had had an older batch of the regular Bir Kar from here, and i recall it being better than this.
So i put it in the spice grinder, made it finer, and gave it another try the following night.
same thing, very weak, i use a giant ball of kava to get mild effects.
This is saying nothing about the quality of ArtofKava as a vendor. They are easily my favorite source for Kava, and I absolutely adore the temo and kelai in particular, but this bir kar lateral roots disappointed me.
cant win every time. Going to pre-order some kelai right now
The flavor is a bit hard to get used to. Once I managed to get past reverse tolerance it was fun. But I used up a lot before I got there. Also instructions are to blend 4 TBS with 20 oz water but on the reverse of
The package it states a servings size as 3 TBS. did I do it wrong?
So glad you had fun with it! You didn't do it wrong. The serving size is a guideline. The directions are to make it a bit stronger than a serving. Then you can adjust up or down from there. It's your personal preference as to how much your normal serving is with each session.
I've been a fan of the temo from artofkava and bulakavahouse for a while, and they seem to be the exact same root as far as I can tell.
It's a very refined experience, mild taste, spicy, lighter brown/tan brew color
This one was different in that it seemed much spicier than the regular temo, and the potency is even better. This stuff is a real treat.
Complete anxiety relief, very relaxing, great before bed. This is one of my favorite kava's, and tastes great with just a little foamed almond milk.
This lateral roots temo also seems to be a little more coarse of a grind, so you'll need to knead it a little more with your strainer bag to get all the goodies out.
All the temos seem to leave a sticky kind of resin on your hands, which I interpret as a sign of potency.
Very good overall, 5/5 ✨
Thank you so much Todd! So glad you loved this one!
Thank you for the kind words Al! So glad you're loving it!
This is fantastic kava. Quick onset, long lasting, very smooth. It’s very nice and easy to squeeze if you do that. Up there with Kelai — I’m not sure which I like better! You won’t be disappointed! It is fun to look at — ever so subtly purple. Taste isn’t bad for kava.
Zac’s a great guy too! He really cares about customers.
I really enjoy this Kava. It is a nice way to wind down before bed. The taste is something to get used to but it's not horrible. I justbwish there was an easier was to make it without all the mess. I guess that comes with experience though.
The grind on this is perfect for my banana smoothies. This is definitely my go to... and a nice mellow kava as well :)
Bir kar celebration kava is some good stuff. It definitely is good after a long work week.
Hey Kyle! I'm so glad you love our Vanuatu island kava Single Cultivar Bir Kar! Thank you so much for the knid words and Bula!
Although I’m new to kava, I have tried at least six or seven and this one is by far my favorite. Like the description says it’s very heady, helps me socialize and reduces my anxiety. It’s my new nightly routine ❤️😀🤘🏽
Thank you so much for the kind words Joey! Glad you're loving the kava and it's working well for you ❤️
Fantastic! Light colored and great tasting (for kava lol). But OMG it is crazy good! Strong and heady, just incredible. You won’t be disappointed! (Batch 2)
Oh and I love the fact that Zac performs and publishes lab tests by a third party! Makes me very confident. And shipping was very fast. Looking forward to ordering more!
Thank you so much for the kind words John! So glad you love the kava! - Zac H.
One of the most medicinal kavas I’ve ever come across. This kava leans heavy and kicks in slowly but the effects linger for a few hours where many kavas effects burn out quicker. The grind on this kava is fine and it has a nice fresh smell upon opening the bag. This kava truly feels like your sitting next to a warm campfire. Its gentle yet powerful… it’s the perfect night time kava.
Starting to realize I much prefer the cultivars that keep their basal and lateral roots at the natural levels (I guess that's 75/25 on average). Nevertheless this is a very high quality kava and the only reason I don't give it a 5 star is for the reason that it is only Waka. I also prefer Vanuatu kava to that of Fijian. Bula!
I took the kelai to an event where most had alcohol, and it was perfect for socializing. Also tried at home and it was equally suited for chill mode at home without couch lock.
This is my absolute favorite kava I've ever tried. I prefer kava that is very heady and not super heavy. This ticks all the boxes I want. Potent, heady, and relaxing. I've bought 2 kgs of Kelai and I will continue to buy more as long as it is available. I can't recommend this stuff enough.
That's what I love to hear! So glad you're enjoying the kelai and thank you so much for sharing that!
Great company. Zac is a solid citizen. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Kelai and Epi Island are quality products. I’ll be grabbing all my Kava from AoK in the future.
Thank you so much for the kind review Alex! So glad to hear you're loving your kava!
This kava is like a warm blanket. Not exactly a “knockout” kava as far as strength but certainly strong enough for nice effects. Smooth taste and really pleasant, long lasting relaxation. Perfect for the evening.
Very potent. My first grog with this kava I used 4 tbsp in about 20 oz of room temp water and I was thoroughly rooted. Very potent, euphoric and slightly heady for me.
After giving it a few weeks trial, this seems to intensify after regular daily doses. So much so that I've had to reduce the amount I consume, Very nice chill vibe to this purple variety with a smooth, light root flava. This one is a great one to put you in a relaxed yet focused state before starting your work day. Of course, this one is also a great variety to help unwind at the end of the day.