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Tom Bowers

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French Laundry

from Maven Genetics

The aroma hits you with savory funk, soapy astringency, rich soil and a hint of sweetness.

If you’ve been paying attention at all in the California Cannabis scene, you’ve likely clocked Maven’s recent meteoric rise on the back of this cultivar – one of a number of stellar offerings from the SoCal cultivators. 

A cross between The Soap (Animal Mints x Kush Mints) and Maven’s L.A. Rouge, this gorgeous flower has been tearing it up on the competition scene, with big showings at The Emerald Cup, and more recently Zalympix in Los Angeles – where it won Best Looking Flower and Most Unique Flower. 

The jar appeal on French Laundry is intense, with frost coating every calyx and stem. When you open the jar, the aroma hits you with savory funk, soapy astringency, rich soil and a hint of sweetness.

The flowers are sticky and resinous. While it won’t gunk up your Flower Mill, it will definitely be hard to wash off your fingers if you tear it apart by hand.

The delicious, complex terp profile carries on through the smoke, leaning on the savory side of The Soap lineage and delivering a tickle in the back of the throat. This is for smokers with a discerning palate, and would be great with a salty, hard cheese.

French Laundry’s effects are chill and relaxing – without the heaviness. It’s easily an anytime smoke, and would make a phenomenal addition to any rotation. 

Known for their dedication to breeding, Maven cycles through cultivars frequently and currently boasts dozens of strains on their menu. We’re excited to see what new heat their program produces – if it’s anything like the French Laundry, Maven will likely be feeding the hype machine for a long time to come. 

Web & Social: mavenmvn.com | @mavengeneticsofficial

Testing: 30.16% THC | 30.99% Total Cannabinoids | 2.77% Terpenes

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

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