The Island of Tanna
The Island of Tanna is best known as the home of one of the most active Volcanoes on earth, Mount Yasur. The volcanoe is a tourist attraction and it makes life interesting for the people who live below it.
Vila, Ahouia, , Biya, Mita, Leay, and MalaMala are strains grown on Tanna and that all have the reasonable chemotype of 265431. Though you will sometimes find Kavas from Tanna for sale with names Kaolik and Marang-Marang, I could not find those varieties in the botanical record. This would suggest that they are blends. There was a review of Marang Marang on the kava forums that would suggest the blend was less than noble. Mention was also made of Kaolik. If you read the review you will find the reviewer got sick and were experiencing all the symptons associated with the the consumption of Tudei kava. The reseller was a trusted vendor who perhaps put too much trust in his Wholesaler. This episode underlines the problem with unscrupulous Wholesalers adding Tudei filler to the kava. And this why we always ask, “What strain is that kava”? Single strain kavas are always going to be a better bet than blends.
And speaking of Blends, there is a popular kava for resale that goes by the name of Fu’u. It is said to be a blend of kavas from the Island of Tanna and hopefully it is a blend of noble kavas.