This succulent strain is an exclusive from Crop Shop Cannabis, a small team tackling big flavors in Deschutes County. With a focus on water purity and lab-grade environments surrounding their soilless drip systems, they provide an unadulterated profile representation and exceptionally smooth smoke.
Several of the Crop Shop’s strains have sparked our interest (and joints) in recent months. But it’s the VK1 that keeps finding its way into our lungs (and hearts, apparently). Originally referred to as “Voodoo Kookies,” this cultivar is a masterful mashup of Thin Mint GSC and SFV OG. The crew tells me that the original plant was bred and gifted by an anonymous acquaintance.
Densely decked-out nugs appear as a soft greenish-gray at first glance. But a closer inspection reveals deeper green and black colors below the layers of glistening glands. Crack it open to find flecks of purple and an impeccable cure. Each nug pulls apart with the tacky resistance of carefully-coddled resin heads full of tenderly-handled terpenes.
The team at Crop Shop tells us that (come test time) this cultivar packs a profile with the likes of limonene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-myrcene, linalool and farnesene. These terpenes translate into a robust tale starting with a funky, savory dough and rolling into a refreshingly sweet, woody finish. It’s a complex aroma to identify, but this only lends more to its allure.
With a fresh bong and gentle bowl-packing, it’s time for the flavors to shine – and with the buttery buffet of umami steering the palate so far from the dreaded dry mouth, you just might need a bib. The complex nose of this cultivar translates into an equally layered taste – while faithfully upholding the promise of its aroma.
Sample after sample, this flower is outstandingly smooth. But don’t let the creamy smoke fool you as it slips delicately into your lungs, as there’s an undeniable punch of potency lurking just around the corner. With a passion for the process from cultivation to cure, Crop Shop’s VK1 is an exquisite example of just how flavorful (and fire) flower can be.
This article was originally published in the October 2022 issue of Oregon Leaf.
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