Forty One from Panacea Farm via OC3 Dispensary on 10/29/2020 (Huge shoutout to awesome folks and Panacea and OC3 for making it happen). THC tested out to 26.35%. This was gifted to me but it goes for around 55$ plus tax at OC3, and if you buy a full ounce you get 25% off, so that basically makes up for the tax aspect if you go hard. I know some followers out there are sick and tired of how prevalent Gelato is in the current rec marketplace, but at this point with it being essentially a modern classic, I look at it as a benchmark strain that can be used as one facet of determining the ability of a grower. As I said in the first impressions video on this batch, Gelato is a bit like fried rice in the sense that every Chinese restaurant may have one one the menu, but the enjoyment of the dish can vary wildly from place to place and depends greatly on the quality ingredients and the skill of the chef. That said, this is a fine specimen in regards to the strain. The surface of these two chunky buds is a patch work of fern, forest, and jade greens that seamlessly transition to shades of indigo and midnight blue coupled with ample bursts of twine orange pistils, all of which is washed over in a considerable amount of spiky goldenrod triches.
The nose out of the jar is “classic” gelato, that rich grungy sickly sweet fruit scent that I always refer to as “that foreign fruit market smell”, and a bit of vague mint far in the distance. Busting open a bud, the fruity scent brightens up a bit and loses it’s grungy quality, while that mint amplifies and gets sharper in tone, and when taken in all together comes with some Sweet Tart or Mentos like vibes. Breaking it down by hand I get a sweet mint with a touch of fruit on the fingers, while the grinds themselves have a rich fruity sweetness that struck me as some sort of grenadine made with real pomegranate and cane sugar, a very pleasant natural sweetness as opposed to an artificial cloying one. The dry pull on the joint is a very light fruity sweet with a touch of that grunge and a vague freshness which was surprising given the strength of the terps off the grinds. The inhale is smooth, and on the bong I get a light sweet minty floral, whereas on the joint it’s a muted fruity sweetness with a touch of chalkiness. The exhale is a light sweet floral with mint and a hint of cream on the bong, whereas the joint is essentially the same, but the mint comes in slightly sharper as the cream drops off all together. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get heavy pine with mint and a semi hoppy beer aftertaste, where at 185c I get heavy pine floral with a lingering mint pine aftertaste. The initial headchange comes on quick but takes a minute to ramp up and is fairly mild in nature. Mentally it’s very functional, I am able to focus as needed and am very present, not that I’d want to take a math test in the wake of smoking it, but if that were the scenario I think I’d do just as well as I would sober. Physically it puts some weight on my body, but again it’s not so overwhelming that it makes me want to take a seat, I feel like I could maintain a slow pace on a chill bike ride with ease. It’s a very mellow middle of the road kind of stone and I found myself often ripping back to back bowls in order to get to the level I wanted to be on. That said, it’s a beautiful and well grown example of Gelato #41, but taste and effects wise there wasn’t enough of an impact made on me where I felt like the experience bears repeating. However, if I happen across a fresh batch in a shop at around $50 out the door I’d be compelled to pick it up again and see if it fared any differently, as I did sit on this sample for a few months before being able to examine it thoroughly. Still a solid showing from Panacea on this one, great work!