Friday, June 3, 2016

Rare Tongan Kava - 100% Lateral Root Waka

As a mid-week surprise here is a video of some really good (and rare) Tongan Kava.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kavafied - Fijian Dried Root Hairs

Kavafied is one of the few Kava vendors that will send you dried Kava Roots hairs for a modest amount of coin. For $35, you get a pound of Kava Root Hairs. At first, my reaction to this big bag of roots and corm was "what the hell do I do with this?" I had heard whispers of putting it in a blender and making a powder that could be kneaded. But then I just popped a cigarette-sized root in my mouth and "got it." Chewing Kava is totally different than drinking Kava. I might even blaspheme and say that it is more intense, more satisfying, and possibly even more efficient. The strength, flavor, and benefits hit you all at once as you masticate this wonderful medicine. I think I've found a new favorite way to consume Kava.




Sunday, March 6, 2016

Luna Kava Luna Blend

See the video for this review here

Headiness – 8.5/10
Body – 8.75/10
Taste – 8.5/10
Strength – Medium-strength, strong medium, nighttime Kava
Best for – general use, de-stressing, pain relief
Luna Kava Luna Blend – 8.59/10

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Luna Kava - Borogu

See the video review for this Kava here

In a time when new vendors are popping up out of nowhere, Luna Kava comes to us with a solid trio of medium grind Kavas out of the gates – a Vanuatuan Borogu, a Fijian Lawena, and a Blend. They also have an Instant Kava available which I’ll have to review further down the road.
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I wanted to review the Borogu first because it’s a pretty solid point of reference in any Kava vendors’ arsenal. In the video, you’ll notice that I have an initial kind of startled reaction to the taste. As explained in the video, it’s because I used a new preparation method I wanted to try. Namely, (lightly) boiling about a cup of water to five tablespoons of Kava root and mixing until it gets a greasy sheen. Then dumping in another three cups of room temperature water and squeezing it through a sieve. This makes the Kava taste pretty bad, but it certainly stretches out the beat of the kavalactones. You can feel the Kava resin properly drip through your hands as you squeeze. If you’re ever tight on cash and want your krunks’ worth, you might want to take a close look at this method.
I followed up the next day with the AluBall, and this stuff tastes just fine that way. Like I said in the video review, it is reminiscent of Nakamal at Home’s Black Sand Kava, or Kalm with Kava’s Borogu.
The effects are exactly what you would expect them to be from a Borogu – head and body buzz spread pretty evenly out, with a nice stoniness in the eyes and a deep, euphoric anti-anxiety buzz. Definitely a night time Kava or a weekend Kava. A good one to use to initiate Kava-doubters who claim they don’t feel anything.
Head-8.5/10
Body -8.5/10
Flavor -8/10
Strength – Medium-High
Best for: End of the day relaxation, getting krunked on a week-night, weekend day Kava
Luna Kava Borogu – 8.3/10

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Squanch Kava - Fijian



I appreciate a good trailblazer, or an entrepreneur coming out of nowhere and reinventing or reintroducing something. I feel like I kind of did that myself with the Kavasseur blog – helped fuel a soothing revolution to quell the nerves of those of us willing to sling back pond water tasting sludge on a regular basis.
Squanch is a newcomer to the Kava world, and I have never seen anything like them. They have some mysterious connection – I picture handshakes in coconut groves as baskets of Fijian Kava aggregate on a sago palm mat – to Kava farmers. And the quality of Kava is extremely high. It is soft, soothing, and very good to keep around as a daily Kava. It is the essence of an anti-anxiety Kava.
If you want to have a heavy session with Squanch Fijian Kava, you’re more than welcome to do so. I brewed a huge bowl (1 cup of root to 3 cups of water) and drank the whole thing within a day. The first few shells had me smiling and rocking away. The last few shells put me out. So you can gauge your own level of intake and make this a soothing or a shelling Kava.
Oh, and it tastes great :)
You can only buy directly from Squanch. Email: samsquanch1972(at)gmail.com
Effect (Mind) – 9/10
Effect (Body) – 8/10
Taste – 9/10
Strength – Variable and easily manipulatable into a nice relaxing Kava to a laying-down-on-the-bench getting stoned with islanders Kava. Medium strength
Good for – anxiety, social anxiety, stress, winding down, getting krunked
Squanch Fijian – 8.6/10