Having failed to snap up Columbia Care’s more elusive flavors, like Sour Alien Apple and Dirty Squirt, I left Greengate Chicago with an eighth of Velvet Glove from the cultivator’s Seed & Strain brand as a consolation, though what sat in the UV-resistant jar was surely no downgrade.
Even from the outside, the cultivar’s GMO parent made itself known with an intense smell, like a fiery belch from the fictional character Bowser. When the firmly sealed lid was removed, however, the olfactory assault really began.
A rank, biological funk dominated the room as I gazed at the raspberry-sized buds for the first time. Garlic, sweat and manure, plus a contrasting note of piney Argan oil from the Nookies parent’s Nigerian landrace lineage, hung heavy in the air, as if I was at some sort of Italian Bonnaroo.
The nugs in this 26% THCa eighth were sticky, retaining a fair amount of moisture that would ultimately hinder the burn quality and leave greasy clippings adhered to the teeth of my grinder. This was far from expected, since previous flowers from the Aurora grow had been dry and rocky, though the cure still had some dialing in before I’d consider it perfect.
The first of two joints I rolled with the Velvet Glove teased my palate with the fresh and herbal essence of top-listed terpene eucalyptol on the dry hit, but once a flame was introduced, an earthy blend of cacao and oregano took over.
Myrcene and limonene, the second and third most prevalent terpenes, coated my throat with sweet spice and delivered a swift and heavy stoniness concentrated between the eyes. After a battering onset, I felt physically unencumbered and comfortable with unpredictable social situations.
On the other hand, I picked up on a saturated smoke with a slightly bitter, smoggy taste, something I’ve found to be a relatively consistent drawback with Columbia Care’s flower.
My second joint burned more evenly than the first, though it was missing the liquid resin ring around the paper’s edge the first one had, even as it canoed incorrigibly. I noticed how pronounced the eucalyptol was in the smoke the second time through, and how it kept my eyes open while sending signals elsewhere in my body to shut down.
In addition to a potent and unique terpene profile, the flower’s 1.46% CBG perceivably improved my circulation. Though this cultivar did not induce munchies, I did reach for some ice cream shortly after a smoke more for the cool sensation of eating it rather than out of any craving for snacks.
Overall, I’d recommend Velvet Glove to anyone experiencing insomnia, headaches, social anxiety, or gastrointestinal woes.
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