Tasting Notes: Leans Heavy - Euphoric - Body
A nice dark brown powder and a nutty, almost peanut or peanut butter smell. When prepared, the liquid is lighter than the color. There's very little earthiness, so it it was very easy to drink. The mouth numb was there but very tolerable. The mouth feel was very smooth and creamy.
I thought this kava was absolutely fantastic. You can tell by the chemotype that this is one special kava.
The effects were almost instant. An instant sense of anxiety relief, stress relief, relaxation and calm. Over time the effects progressed to the head, but not overly so, then to the body. It had a nice muscle relaxation effect about an hour in.
The effects lasted about 3 hours and the calming effects lasted through the rest of the day.
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:
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 lateral and basil root mix (70%/30%) 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: 421356
Batch 1 TOTAL KAVALACTONE: 8.69%
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.
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
I've been a kava drinker for a decade & daily drinker for the past 3 years. I've tried most strains of the big vendors & have a few favorites.
This is my favorite kava. I went through a pound in record time & made a second, recurring order.
Just tried the temo for the first time.
It's so similar to the temo from BulaKavahouse that I suspect its from the same supplier. It's Fantastic!
Ground root has a very subtle purple hue, texture is pretty fine and powder kind of clumps together a bit.
It brews a pale brown color, lighter than most kava's I've had, and is noticeably very sticky/resinous, leaves a kind of coat on my hands after kneading, and it seems like that's a good sign.
Potency is great, only needed one bowl to really get going with a nice balanced effect, leaning heady.
Started with a great heady euphoria about 20 minutes in, accompanied by a nice light body buzz and no stimulation or anxiety.
Pretty much exactly how I remember Bula's Temo and it's been one of my favorite varieties in recent memory. It's a very good blender, I tried the Kelai recently from ArtofKava and was very impressed, and it's left me thinking that I bet the two of them together would be amazing.
taste isn't too bad, not really spicy or earthy, kind of mild taste. I usually add a little almond milk and it tastes very tolerable, unlike some other kava.
Highly recommend this one, you won't be disappointed!