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Pairings: Marry Me, Mango

Grassroots Ray Charles Live Sugar paired with Goya Mango Nectar.

The Tannins

Goya Mango Nectar

Mango Nectar from Goya is a thick and almost pulpy beverage, absolutely bursting with sweet flavors and aromas. The mouthfeel from drinking it reminds me of a smoothie, best served very cold on a hot summer day. I like to freeze this nectar into ice cubes and then blend it in with a variety of different drinks to stay cool. It comes in cans and box-like bottles, and for some reason I prefer the taste of the boxed version over the can.

goya.com | @goyafoods

The Terpenes

Ray Charles Live Sugar and Sauce by Grassroots

Ray Charles has become a favorite of the Maryland Cannabis world, from the flower to the various forms of concentrate it has been released in. The consistency of this batch is a perfect sauce, with ideally-sized diamond clusters for dabbing. Unscrewing the lid unveils a blend of mango-like terpenes that coats my nostrils every time I open it. I found this most useful on my days off or before bed due to its heavy sedating properties.

84.72% Total Cannabinoids | 11.42% Total Terpenes

grassrootscannabis.com | @grassrootscannabisco

The Pairing

The thickness of the mango nectar combined with the thick smell of sweet mango terpenes in the oil makes this a match made in heaven. Both smoking the oil and drinking the juice feel like consuming a smoothie. I love it when terpene profiles feel natural, and this sauce is a perfect example of something that tastes fruity in a natural way. 

About Wyatt Early

Wyatt is a Maryland native, stoner by nature, obsessor of hash rosin. After getting his start in the printing industry with a family company, he took on the role as state director for Maryland Leaf, and frequently contributes to the magazine with photos and articles.

This article was originally published in the September 2023 issue of Maryland Leaf.

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