New week, new review. From Puffin Farms, we have the purple tinted Tangerine (should have been called Plum). This is a new producer for us, but we’ve been eyeing their stuff for some time.
We picked up an eighth from SODO’s Ganja Goddess* for $35, right in the sweet price range (for me, at least). It’s important, as a reviewer, to ask the budtender what they are currently digging; these are the folks who handle recreational marijuana 24/7, they see the ebb and flow – and they will often steer you towards something you wouldn’t have noticed. Tangerine came recommended as a favorite from Puffin Farms, so I pulled the trigger on the citrus style strain.
Puffin Farms is based near Ellensburg, WA (I’m sure they are fans of the Irish Death). While growing things naturally, they don’t have an organic certification** – which is not a huge deal at all, but is something I will attempt to clarify in every review from now on (whether the producer is organic, or not).
On their About page, they talk about the use of beneficial insects in the growing process. While I’m sure this is standard practice, it’s the first time I’ve mentally pictured bugs on the frontline guarding the weed currently being enjoyed. Bless you, little ladybug.
Also, I found the slow cure process interesting: the nugs are stored in a dry, cold room to preserve terpenes (taste, smell, and nuance of the high). I’m not at all certain if this is a widely practiced method, but (to me) it sounds like a good thing.
Let’s look at the numbers (as rigorously listed on the packaging):
THC Total: 14.6%
Cannabinoid Total: 17.7%
Total Terpene: 1.55%
Species: Hybrid (Sativa Dominant)
Harvested: 10/15 (oldie, but a goodie)
Smell: Stinky + Bitter Citrus Peel
Taste: Spicy + Licorice + Oak
Launch Point: Right after smoking.
High: Euphoric + Clear Headed + Energetic
Tangerine is a 4th generation version of Ch9 Aroma (it’s lineage is Ch9 Aroma x Ch9 Aroma, etc.) It was conceived in a lab sometime around 2007, and while I couldn’t find any specific accolades – it seemed to be beloved strain due to it’s direct relation to Ch9 Aroma, along with it’s funky-tropical aroma and high.
Puffin’s Tangerine is a deep purple color, with bright green leaves and a few orange hairs to mix up the scenery. The buds themselves were still sticky and dense, regardless of having an older harvest date. When it comes to age, it depends on packaging – and the producer’s method preserved the strain well.
The smell was kind of like an IPA: bitter, slightly musty, with a little citrus. I was hoping for more orange/tangerine, but also slightly relieved that I’m not a complete victim to the placebo effect.
Getting stoned with Tangerine is a euphoric experience; it’s parent (Ch9) is known for it’s potent, energetic high – and it shines through with this strain. Featuring a minimal body buzz, Tangerine is mostly psychedelic and cerebral (which is never a bad thing). The come down is not bad, barely sedative, which makes it versatile for most usage.
You can find Puffin Products at: Ganja Goddess (SODO), Dockside Cannabis (Shoreline & SODO), and more.
*Ganja Goddess is an advertiser on High Above Seattle. This is no way impacts my perception, or enjoyment of product that may be sold there.
** Puffin Farms have since been Clean Green certified organic.
Jade from Puffin Farms graciously reached out to us in the comment section, and wanted to clarify the cold curing process that we discussed in the review:
“We dry, cure and store between 50-62 degrees F. This allows for a slower cure and preserves terpenes which are lost during drying at warmer temps. Some farms will add heat to the drying
process to speed things up. All our flower is then kept in cool storage until processing which allows curing to continue for some time and quality to be maintained. We are a Sungrown farm which means we harvest yearly, so proper cool storage is essential to preserving quality.”
As always, we are happy to accommodate any information prevalent to the producer’s we feature.