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Tom Bowers

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Banana Flambé

from Forté

The vapor has a moderate heft and lung expansion that leaves your mouth coated in terps.

Sacramento’s Forté brand has been mostly flying under the radar since their launch in 2018. But their product has only gotten better and better, and in a wildly volatile market where many are failing and closing up shop … Forté is growing. The brand itself speaks to their mission: placing an exclusive focus on what they specialize in – the art of solventless extraction.  

One of their latest offerings is this exquisite Banana Flambé 73-120u live rosin, bred in-house and selected by the Forté team, and cultivated by Chameleon Farms in Grass Valley. It features a gorgeous off-white hue with a distinctly yellow tint, plus a beautiful texture reminiscent of moist cookie dough. It literally sweats terpenes just by being brought to room temperature.  

Where most banana profiles in Cannabis lean heavily into the sweet, nearly-artificial and candy-like realm, this Banana Flambé offers the fruit a supporting role rather than the lead. The aroma is a mix of gasoline, fresh tennis ball rubber, gym sock and a subtle fruit funk – doing very little to show its hand and expose the profile lurking beneath.

Taking a low temp (sub-500 degrees) dab reveals a cacophony of flavor – diesel fumes, barnyard funk, creamy cake-like vanilla, nutmeg spice and caramelized plantains – all harmonizing in unison. The vapor has a moderate heft and lung expansion that leaves your mouth coated in terps. The OG, while not overwhelmingly present in the aroma or flavor department, certainly shows up when it comes to this stellar rosin’s effects.

Somehow both savory and sweet, this Banana Flambé is a unique terp experience that would be in good company in even the headiest dabber’s rosin stash. If you haven’t tried Forté yet, it’s high time you changed that … as this soak and squish squad from the Golden State’s capital is currently firing on all cylinders.

Genetics: Banana OG x Banana Bread x Fatso OG

Cultivator: Chameleon Farms

IG: @forte_solventless

Website: www.findforte.com

This article was originally published in the March 2023 issue of California Leaf.

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