Yeee! I’m excited about this one! Since I started reading about and researching cannabis, one of the brands with consistently great customer feedback and awesome sounding strains was Blackleaf. It took me forever to get the opportunity to smoke and review stuff by them, but I finally did, so here we go! Visually, this flower was different than what I’ve seen from Blackleaf in the past. I thought I’d heard they were going Rec, so I was genuinely concerned that they changed their methods and had possibly lost their quality. The main difference was the structure of the buds (small, squatty, dense), that almost give it the PGR look (I said almost!). I found out later they’ve started using LED lights, and apparently dense flowers is one of the outcomes when making that switch. Any PGR concerns quickly faded when smelling and handling this flower. It was a nice medium green, with a few specks of purple scattered in, and the light orange pistils almost give the appearance of yellowing when looking at the bud as a whole. There was great resin coverage, really rounded everything out nicely. When handling the bud, the texture was fluffier than I expected and had a nice squeeze to it. The feel in-hand actually reminded me a lot of Blue Zushi. If you’re familiar with the dense look but soft squish they have, that’s what I’m talking about.
When smelling this flower I was legit blown away. The aroma is a mixture of fruit flavors and gas, and after listening to their podcast I could safely call it the candy gas terps they’re looking for. The fruit flavor was tangy and sweet, with notes of grape, cherry, citrus and melon. I feel like there was more to pick out from it, but I honestly smoked this up so fast I really didn’t sit and think on it as long as I normally do. When smoking, the flavors transferred over really well, and I kept thinking to myself that it was like smoking a fruitier version of Blue Zushi. The burn and smoke was very clean, with all white ash like they claim. The high was solid — not really energetic or sleepy, but a major mood elevator and stress reliever. I was able to relax and chill without feeling overly sleepy. Overall, this is some really great smoke, even if the bag appeal was not what I was expecting (listening and talking with Blackleaf, I really think it’s the lights). Ultimately who gives a fuck? Bag appeal is really not that important to me, other than for the gram. The Fruity Pebbles taste and high were outstanding. Normally I bounce around on whatever flavors I have at the moment, but I kept coming back to this and pretty much smoked it straight through. I will be grabbing more of this and other Blackleaf varieties when the opportunity comes up. If you get the chance to scoop some, I highly recommend it!
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