The future of Cannabis is in the flavors.
Hailing from the highlands of Central Oregon, April’s Strain of the Month is an exotic top-shelf selection – the sweet and sultry, Strawberries & Cream grown by Bend’s young wave maker Sam Gesten. His company, Highland Provisions, has been splashing onto the scene with the help of their superstar team of solventless hash makers led by Casey McAlarney.
Highland is a single-source mainstay that we suggest everyone get acquainted with, as Sam and the boys appear to only just be getting started. Awards do not come easy in this business and to receive a 1st Place trophy in the Oregon Growers Cup within two years of entering the rec game is something we deem remarkably impressive. This flavor packed, mouth wateringly sweet Strawberry crossed with Cookies & Cream F2 by Mike at Exotic Genetix took years of hunting to find the most true to form Strawberry terp profile in existence – and by the smell and taste of things – he may have accomplished just that.
I have never encountered a sweeter scent from a strain of Cannabis, with this one bringing the exact smell of the dried strawberries you might find in a Kellogg’s cereal. Following the energizing burst of berry flavor, trailing notes of soothing and sweet homemade whipped cream creep in. These scents accurately translate to the potent, euphoric, smile-inducing, calming and well-rounded effects gained from smoking this delicious strain.
A balanced hybrid for people who love balanced hybrids, with enough sativa to stay alert and enough indica to take the edge off – after smoking this flower almost exclusively for a week – I can say with confidence that this strain’s versatility is next level. Whether first thing in the morning kicking off a long day of snowboarding, or at the end of a hard day’s work in the zen moments before bedtime, Highland’s dynamic Strawberries & Cream delivered the way I needed it to. The smallest bowl pack had me at such a heightened state that I actually became inspired to take a break from dabbing while in possession of this precious flower.
When I put this lime green bud into my grinder, I was awestruck by the amount of kief that was generated. As unique as it is unmistakable, Strawberries & Cream delivers an unexpected amount of deliciously sweet, almost candy-like flavor – offering a level of fruity berryness that may only come around once a year.
This article was originally published in the April 2021 issue of Oregon Leaf.
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