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Basal Root - Temo Purple Kava Single Cultivar | Solomon Islands

Basal Root - Temo Purple Kava Single Cultivar | Solomon Islands

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 Batch: 1

Note: The FDA testing for this is the same for the Temotu blend but the Kavalactone %'s will be different. We will get those listed as soon as we can.

Tasting Notes: Heady | Smooth and Easy Drinking | Potent | Social

A light color powder, almost yellow in the light, indicating a nice concentration of kavalactones. Upon opening the bag, the powder is very fine and soft to the touch. The smell is of pepper and that distinct scent of kavalactones. The smell is also very clean with almost no earthyness. This makes sense as the basal root is fully peeled during preperation.

The peel is where a lot of flavokavain b is stored in the root, which is also what gives unpeeled kava (lateral roots) a stronger taste. This can be so strong as do be unpleasent with certain types of kava. This has none of the skin, so it should taste extremely smooth and go down very easy. 

In the cup, the basal root temotu kava smells a slight bit earthy with some pepper. It looks like a very light latte or coffee milk as well. The taste is creamy and smooth with a hint of pepper and cashew. Very slight mouth numbing and it goes down extremely Easy.

The physical effects were noticable right away in the face and a sense of mental relaxation was noticable. The heady effects washed over me. I will say it was a delightful experience from start to finish with this one.

These are our tasting notes. Everyone's tolerance is different. Because of reverse tolerance, I may have a faster, lasting experience. We can have different experiences! Please let us know how it worked for you. So if it hasn't worked for you yet, try it again. If you have any questions at all, please reach out on our Instagram or Facebook page.

About this Kava:

The basal root of the kava plant, also known as the "crown root" or "stump," is the part of the root system that connects to the base of the stem. This part of the plant is particularly dense in kavalactones, the active compounds responsible for kava's psychoactive effects.

The basal root of the kava plant is known for creating a smooth and easy-drinking experience, which makes it an excellent choice for both newcomers and seasoned kava drinkers alike.

Products made from the basal root are often characterized by their balanced kavalactone profile, providing a calm, serene state of mind and a sense of sociability without an overly heavy or sedative effect. This harmonious blend of kavalactones can offer a gentle introduction to the plant's benefits while still providing the depth of experience sought after by long-time kava enthusiasts.

In terms of flavor, the basal root tends to yield a milder, less earthy taste compared to other parts of the plant, contributing to its reputation for easy drinking. This smoother flavor, coupled with its gentle yet effective properties, makes it an appealing choice for those seeking a pleasant and manageable kava experience.

Temo Purple kava is grown by small family farms in the Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands also known as Santa Cruz. The Temotu province is a group of islands clustered in the south east region of the archipelago and just north of Port Orly Vanuatu. 

The main kava producing provinces in the Solomon Islands are Temotu and Isabel. Temotu is known for producing the strongest and heaviest of the 3 varieties available, which we call Temo. They just call it Temotu Purple. 

Kava production in Solomon is growing as the demand for kava worldwide grows. Their national goal which is lead by local business leaders is of "quality not quantity". The product standard culture here has started off very high and it will only continue down that path, making Solomon Islands kava one of the highest quality small family production kava on the market. There are farmer co-operative that brings in kava from remote islands, whos purpose is to provide an added layer of quality assurance and learning for farmers in the supply chain. By purchasing this kava, you are not only directly contributing to this growing market segment, but to the families in the remote islands of Temotu. 

We sourced this 100% Noble basil root kava from the Province of Temotu also known as Santa Cruz. This high quality, single cultivar, noble Kava is selected from the Temo Purple variety of kava plants at least 5 years in age. Temotu Purple kava has been purposefully cultivated to both concentrate the kavain and increasing the desirable effects. It is one of 3 main varieties offered in the Solomon Islands.

Noble Lateral Root Kava powder, is derived from the smaller roots that extend from the main root-stock. These roots are higher in Kavalactones.

The basil root, chip or stump is the root ball base of the kava plant peeled and cut into chips before pounding. This typically has a different chemotype than the lateral roots, is milder in kavalactons and more creamy in texture. 

Batch 1 CHEMOTYPE: tbd


About the Farmer:

We source this kava from a Farmers Co-Operative in the Solomon Islands. Middlemen Are vital to the supply chain in all of the South Pacific Islands. Many times the best quality kava comes from a community deep in the jungle or on an island that takes 12 hours to get to. These middlemen create relationships with these farmers. The farming communities our vendor sources from tend to not have very much technology at all and live a very different life than we do. Most or all of the income they receive in the year comes from the sale of this kava. We connected with this specific middleman because they have 1. Cultivated relationships with people that provide the absolute best quality kava available in the Solomon Islands (not even kidding here). 2. They make it a point to pay the farmers a fair local price for their kava. Undercutting people doing hard work for a great product is just not in their playbook and we want to be a part of that team. We hope you do too!

Our vendor selects the best kava from farmers in the island cluster Province of Temotu also known s Santa Cruz.


Made as single serving: 50g in 20oz water. Blended for 4 min, strained. 

Made by the gallon: 100 to 130g. 1 gallon of room temperature water in a large bowl, bucket or a traditional tanoa bowl. Add water to the vessel. Add kava to a nut bag or cheese cloth and dip the bag into the water. Massage for about 15 to 20 minutes or until you've reached your desired potency. This will yield a much weaker kava for the purpose of sharing multiple cups with friends in longer sessions. Serve in coconut shells, glasses or store in a gallon jug chilled. Shake jug before serving. 

Note: Add 20% of the gallon of water or 4oz in your single serving of 20oz as coconut milk for a tastier end result.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Alex Dennison
Decent Kava

Not my favorite, I prefer stronger kavas, this one for me was pretty light. Good body feeling after 2 glasses

Robert Washburn

Basal Root - Temo Purple Kava Single Cultivar | Solomon Islands