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Banana Bellini

from Mt Baker Home Grown

The pillowy flower beckons like a sugar-rimmed glass at the tiki bar.

This shit is bananas (B-A-N-A-N-A-S) is not just a millennial spelling lesson, but a literal euphemism for the crazy-sexy-cool vibes that this cocktail-themed strain embodies with each fruity toke.

While I didn’t have to reach far for the Gwen Stefani reference, I did have to google what a bellini is – a combination of a sweet, fruity puree with champagne that makes the simple mimosa sound like amateur hour. So, it was with great delight that we opened this bag of Banana Bellini flower from Mt Baker Home Grown and basked in the warming, fruity essence of this tasty strain. The team behind #mtbakerbaked always delivers quality and this fluffy, frosty and purple flower does not disappoint.

Placing the nose inside the bag is the inhaled version of a happy hour sip, rushing into the senses with notes of creamy banana and a sappy, earthy-citrus-tang that set our mouths to watering. Snapping open a nug releases a funky, hazy fizz that adds complexity to the sweeter fruit front, combining for a complex and intoxicating cocktail that promises a heady experience. The bud surface is completely coated in trichomes from the stem to the tips and when loaded into a bong, the pillowy flower beckons like a sugar-rimmed glass at the tiki bar.

The flower burns exquisitely with a smooth texture, leaving sweet and sour flavors lingering on the exhale and an empty bowl with white ash reminiscent of a glass ready for a refill.    Several bong bowls later we found our heads floating and spinning in a happy hour daze, our thoughts slow and smiles wide. This strain feels like a celebration – the way a cocktail should be – but this California sober treat won’t leave you with a hangover. 

We found a happy, gently-baked euphoria that relaxed our mind, body and spirit as we wound down the day. With flavors similar to sappy fingers at a farmers market alongside the relaxation of that experience in smokeable form, the Banana Bellini can transform any day into a celebration of existence.

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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