Avg. Dosage: 8 Tbsp.
Savusavu WakaThis is an excellent kava, coming from the Savusavu region of Fiji's 2nd largest island Vanua Levu. The effects are very calm, soothing & hypnotic, offering great anxiety relief and peace that is quite noticeable even after one strong shell. A nice balanced kava that offers a bit of both worlds, without being overly nauseating or sloppy like something heavier would be.
It's a pretty standard medium-grind, with a mix of fine powder and few longer shards mixed in. The scent is a crisp familiar kava aroma, with a touch of all the most common kava smells. The taste is relatively mild, with a hint of a pepper bite at the end...but it's thin and washes away quickly, without inducing my gag reflex.
The orders are currently being fulfilled from Florida, so it actually ships in the standard time-frame us Yanks are accustomed to. Shipping costs are a little more than usual, but this might be because it comes in a square box rather than the standard USPS 'Flat Rate' envelope.
I've probably had more kava from Fiji over the years than any other region. They can range from being junk, all the way up to being on par with the best kavas from any region. This kava falls into the latter category and is among the small handful of truly proper Fijian kavas I've come across.
Overall, great kava and if it were available at my local Indo-Fijian market, I would certainly buy it regularly. I definitely recommend giving it a try, especially for those who like balanced, dreamy, 'floating on a soft cloud' types of kava. This one really seems to encourage some outdoor evening appreciation time....sit on your patio, chug some shells, tune in and drift off.