Reign from Ball Family Farms x Viola via Evergreen Santa Ana on 9/19/2020 (Huge shout out to the whole Ball Family Farms team for making it happen!). THC tested out to 27.7%. This was gifted to me but goes for $53 plus tax on the Evergreen menu but I’ve seen it for $57 out the door at Catalyst. Ball Family Farms has put out some of my favorite strains of the past couple years, so when I heard they had a new collaboration with Viola in the works, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some and see what’s good. The surface of these fairly dense buds is a patchwork of moss and seafoam greens with frequent rashes of deep rich aubergine and byzantium, coupled with wisps of golden brown pistils, all of which is heavily flocked in an abundance of egg cream colored triches.
The nose out of the jar has a candy sweetness with a touch of herbal mustiness underneath. Busting open a bud that sugary candy sweetness gets louder and brings forth a piney freshness that’s vaguely reminiscent of an old school fruit Mentos. Breaking it down by hand, it leaves my fingers absolutely coated in triches and smelling like muted Pine-sol, where the grinds themselves have a fruity candy sweetness that hits me like a watermelon jolly rancher. The dry pull on the jay has a strong sugar sweetness that completely blows out the rest of the pallet. The inhale is smooth and on the joint has a sugar sweet floral quality whereas the bong is surprisingly nondescript. The exhale on the joint is a muted semi-sweet floral freshness with a lightly savory backend, where the bong is more of a light candy floral with a hint of cream. The headchange comes on quick and put a heaviness in my eyes near immediately. On my joint walk I noticed that my torso started to feel lighter, and the top part of my body in general was floaty in that way that puts a little bounce in your step. There’s a fun imaginative energy that came with it as well but given some time, a weight settled into my body encouraging me to stay sedentary, yet my mind remained fully active and on this happy creative kick. I will say that when I did sit down to work, I found myself spacing out here and there, but after a quick trip to the stratosphere I’d typically return no worse for wear and able to jump in where I left off. Despite it not being the most flavorful experience I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Reign, it functions well as a feel good any time smoke that compliments the sorts of activities you do on days where it’s best to stay inside and that’s definitely something a lot of us are doing these days, and will continue to do as winter sets in. While I’m not exactly chomping at the bit to get my hands on more, I could definitely see myself copping again at some point, especially if I were headed to the mountains for a long snowy indoor weekend. Excellent job once again Ball Family Farms, you guys are consistently putting out some solid heat and while Daniel Larusso still remains my favorite pull from your library, I have no doubt it could be dethroned by your near future efforts. Keep up the fantastic work!