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Newest Taveuni - March 2019

Discussion in 'Kava Time' started by Ricardo Piquant, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Ricardo Piquant

    Ricardo Piquant ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    The latest batch is really phenomenal and similar to the very first batch when KT just came on scene. It's bright, potent, and extremely uplifting.

    It's also tasty and clean and fresh. Really very good!
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  2. Ricardo Piquant

    Ricardo Piquant ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I picked up another pound in May and it's not the same. Unfortunately it's been smoked dry and is terrible tasting. Really stinks since I get this one primarily because it's NOT smoked dry like savusavu
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  3. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    I can't speak for Neil or KT but I can say that Taveuni had really wet weather over the past few months. The dry season should be starting around now though, so there shouldn't be much need of fire dryers between May and October.
  4. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    I had some April Taveuni. Definitely smokey, Not bad. Just smokey. The kava was clean and balanced.

    In Vanuatu, most growers bag their roots and ship them wet to centralised processing centres (or to town nakamals.) Sometimes the fresh root spoils in transit, especially if it's going between islands by ship. I'd rather taste a nice smokey smell than the funk of spoiled wet kava.

    I have to give Fijian farmers credit for drying their stuff before it ever leaves the farm gate. The Fijian domestic market prefers dried roots, anyway.

    Does Taveuni have a rain shadow on the leeward side? Some of the taller islands in Vanuatu are crazy wet on the side facing the tradewinds and much drier on the opposite coast. Skinny islands like Maewo and Pentecost are convenient because people can built homes on the dry side and walk only a few hours to garden in a wetter microclimate.
  5. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    Not really. It's a little wetter on the windward side, but not much.
    Only the two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, have a significant dry side (and sugar plantations taking advantage of that climate).
  6. Intrepidus_dux

    Intrepidus_dux Kava Enthusiast

    Does it have any muscle benefits? As in heavy features?