With a flurry of fresh flavors on the horizon, we were fortunate to find this new blend of Ice Cream Cake #5 and Grape Cream Cake by Tokyo Starfish going by an appropriately frosty moniker: Purple Ice Water. Available in flower, pre-roll, and as a clone, consumers have the option to grow their own or simply smoke it.
The genetics come from Bloom Seed Co. and were hunted in house. But for an extra special twist, the team at Tokyo Starfish ran a company contest with this cultivar – giving all of their employees the opportunity to grow and submit a cut – with the winner chosen at the employee holiday party. The team tells us it’s, “part of an intended learning process of how difficult it is to grow good weed.”
Several hues of bright lime and mint alongside dark forest green contrast against white trichome heads covering the entirety of the nug structure. As the second sense takes over, smells of fresh, crisp grapes with a cake-like sugary dough find their way towards the back end. It’s as if a pie is cooling in a nearby window, while the smell wafts from a distance.
In this writer’s opinion, combusting through a clean pipe gives one of the most intimate experiences when testing for flavor, but we were also tempted to try this in joint form. The first thing that tickles your taste buds is a grape and berry-like sweetness, engaging the palate to be met with a tidal wave of vanilla and dough reminiscent of an elephant ear. It burns clean and is gentle on the lungs, with little to no coughing through to the end. Needless to say, it’s clear that this pheno was hunted for flavor as well as smoothness.
With consumption of flower still making up over 50% of the market sales in Oregon (according to several independent studies), we can expect to see more new and enticing flavors taking the state by surprise. Tokyo Starfish’s Purple Ice Water is one to watch out for.
This article was originally published in the March 2023 issue of Oregon Leaf.
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