First of all, the final rating reflects a mix of my personal preferences and "what this kava does". If i'd love this type of kava, i'd rate it one or two points higher. If i'd go simply for personal preferences, it would lose one or two points. The the taste was pretty yucky, similiar to malekula magic. Not sure if that's piney or earthy or whatnot, but very spicy and pretty bitter. I used two heaped tablespoons, as a test, but half the brew is still sitting on the counter 12 hours later. I still feel groggy and sedated. After drinking the grog on an empty stomach, i was greated by a steamroller ...only 5 minutes later. It felt as if i had hyperventilated or inhaled a nitrous capsule (alright not as strong)- I almost panicked and could not walk without feeling pretty dizzy and horrible in general. So i stumbled into my bedroom to lie down for a while. Fortunatly, the worst part was over after 20 minutes or so..i could walk and even take my bike for a ride. There was almost no euphoria, just a very heavy, drunken feeling. After sleeping for a long time, i'm still feeling gravity more than usual. In fact, even typing this isn't easy. So, if you are trying this kava, be careful doing it on an empty stomach. Better start on the lower end of the dosage range. I'm just glad i only drank half the brew.