In the sun-drenched Applegate Valley, the Self Made crew puts in the effort of selecting strains and working tirelessly to ensure each plant reaches its peak potential. This Swiss Watch best highlights their work. These chunky buds are dense without being compact, sport excellent trichome coverage, and display vibrant color that gives their herb bag appeal from 10 paces. A nice reminder that living here in Oregon is a luxury where, in knowing hands, flower of this quality can be produced in synergy with the seasons.
Swiss Watch is a relatively modern strain and something we’re more likely to find in a warehouse-type grow. When it pops up in an outdoor setting it’s always fun to see how it performs. With this expression, Self Made brought out the best of the genetics. This cross of Gary Payton and Runtz takes the ever-popular Runtz profile and bolsters it with an added earthy musk and an unmistakable scent of diesel.
Running the lengthy buds through the grinder fills the room with a variety of creamy dessert flavors. Like a pile of just-starting-to-melt Push Pops, this herb smells like all of the tropical flavors from the candy aisle … plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle that with some high-proof booze and take a sniff just before the match turns it all into a flambé. Sticky enough to roll easily, the herb burns clean and evenly, showing off the excellent cure. I smoked these joints down completely, fully impressed by the resin rings left around the paper after each draw.
Creative focus hits hard and I venture off my to-do list to explore a page and a half of ideas for next week. Then I’m back at it – folding laundry or whatever it was that needed my attention in the first place. Excellent herb to stock up on and have around as your day-to-day go-to, or to stash a jar away for that day you need something fun but functional.
This article was originally published in the February 2024 issue of Oregon Leaf.
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