Pop a jar of Pink Certz, and the first thing that hits you is the aroma. Notes of mint, coriander, cherry cola and fuel spill forth, making your mouth water in impatient anticipation.
The second thing you’ll notice, as you turn the jar upside down over your palm, is the absence of cascading chunky nugs tumbling into your hand. The buds are stuck together. They’re stuck to the side of the jar. It takes effort to wrench them free, and then they’re stuck to your fingers.
At this point, as the room fills with a scrumptious, sweet and savory aroma, it becomes obvious: This flower is phenomenal.
After winning the third TransBay Challenge at the end of February, this cultivar – bred by Compound Genetics and produced by San Francisco cultivator Sense – lives up to every bit of hype it’s been garnering. A cross of The Menthol (Gelato 45 x (High Octane x Jet Fuel) and Grape Gasoline (Grape Pie x Jet Fuel Gelato), this particular phenotype definitely has the genetic lineage for greatness.
In the hands of Sense, it realizes delicious potential.
Twinkling, powdered-sugar trichomes mingle with nebulous orange hairs set against a dark green backdrop. The gorgeously cultivated, expertly trimmed and perfectly cured buds retain enough of a hefty squish to break up without falling to crumbles.
The smoke is smooth, with lush, savory fuel notes tempered by sweetness on the palate. The impact is immediate and potent. If it’s possible for something to be simultaneously inebriating yet not at all debilitating, this flower has that effect. Prepare for the mellow.
After our experience with the Pink Certz, one thing is for certain: We can’t wait to see what else Sense ends up cultivating in its renewable energy-powered facility.
This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue of California Leaf.
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