Fall doesn't technically start until September 22, but Walmart has had Christmas decorations for sale since August, so maybe we're late to the party. And with so many flannels and seasonal flavors to enjoy, we don't want to skip out on autumn, do we?
Although there's no Pumpkin Spice Kush out yet (thankfully), there are plenty of cannabis strains that carry the sweet and savory hints of fall drinks and dishes like spiced apples, coffee, chocolate and even roasted garlic. To help you get in the mindset for the season, here are ten strains that taste like autumn.
Perfect for a crisp, fall evening, Bubba Kush has a distinct smell, filling your nose with scents of soil, coffee and dark chocolate, followed up by the subtle odor of rubber. Upon smoking, strong earthy and hash-like flavors (sometimes accompanied by a sweet but rubbery one) are followed up by notable tastes of chocolate or coffee. A tasty bedtime smoke in any season, but especially nice for colder nights.
Am I the only one who makes a pot roast the second fall weather hits? Garlic Juice, a mix of the ever-potent GMO and Papaya, will get your stomach even more excited for dinner while giving your tastebuds an oven-roasted warmup. Zesty, herbal and in your face, Garlic Juice smells like an empty produce cabinet before your nostrils calm down and notice timid notes of pine, apples and sour-rubber finish. Smoking bowls taste more like roasted (left whole and un-smashed; don't be a barbarian) cloves of garlic than a juiced one, and has some fruity or candy-like appeal after an initial strong wave of cloves, pine and coriander.
Apples n' Cream
Too lazy to make hot apple cider or apple pie this year? Roll a joint of Apples n' Cream, a dessert-worthy strain with a long, varied mix of genetics that includes a backcross of Grape Pie as well as Fruity Pebbles OG and classics Acapulco Gold and Highland Nepalese. Opening a jar hits the nose with a blend of cinnamon-sugar, apple/white grapes and creamy vanilla before more sour, rubber and pine notes cut out some of the sweetness just enough to remind us that this is weed and not cider.
Halloween will be stuck inside in 2020, so maybe it's time to look back on the ghoulish fun of years past, when bowls of Frankenberry and Count Chocula got us pumped up for trick-or-treating. The weed strain of the same name, a staple at the Herbal Cure, carries a heavy, sweet smell of syrup and berries — similar to Strawberry Cough, but with tart biscuit notes on the end, like sourdough bread. Although it’s a little more earthy and hash-y than its smell implies, Frankenberry's smoke carries a lip-smacking flavor close enough to its cereal inspiration.
Football. Chili. Cornbread. What a classic mix when the winds get colder. Stay warm, happy (and hungry) with the cannabis strain Cornbread, a Rare Dankness mix of Rare Dankness #2 and Katsu Bubba Kush. The strain carries a complex aroma, with a strong whiff of lemon up front, followed by notes of honey, lavender, grainy dough and a spicy back end. In fact, it smells much like cornbread, but with a lemon, floral twist. Those comforting qualities translate over to Cornbread’s flavor, my favorite quality of the strain.
Sweet, bitter and creamy notes remind my nose of chocolate before running into a brick wall of tangy, sour blackberries and lavender, with a skunky Kush back end. The aroma is less complicated than it sounds, and more subdued than pungent. Nothing about it suggests energy is in the future. Tasting a joint of Chocolate Rain is like smelling nugs of it in reverse. Smooth notes of lavender and sour, skunky flavors of grass land first, followed by quieter hints of chocolate, vanilla and dark berries, like a blend of Central American and Ethiopian coffees.
Thankfully, pumpkin spice hasn't invaded the strain world yet, but for those of you who can't live without it, try something better in Hazelnut Cream. Sweet, tart and creamy, the scent combines sour and milky aromas for something much more luscious than rancid, like a lemon custard with shaved almonds. Not funky like Cheese varieties, but sweet and velvety, Hazelnut Cream couldn’t have such a name without such an incredible aroma and flavor.
Relaxing floral scents of vanilla, lavender and chamomile are more reminiscent of a hot bath than of cannabis. Those calming scents pair well with hash and bubble gum notes from Vanilla Kush's Afghani heritage, which are brought back down to earth with a dank soil back end. Spicy, warm flavors of vanilla and floral hints of lemon (sweet, not tart) greet tastebuds after the initial spark, while subtle hints of soil and hash round out each hit.
Hash Plant carries a sweet and simple flavor that fits well into the fall mindset. Subtle, tart notes, almost like skunky beer, hit my tastebuds up front, complementing earthy, hashy characteristics as well as spicy, woody notes and hints of bubble gum. Think of it as your own smokeable Oktoberfest.
Put one foot in the winter season with Kush Mints, a calming strain with an aromatic blast that wakes up the nostrils like a stick of wintergreen gum, with tangy hits of pine and dank wood up front followed by spicy notes of chai and flour and a strong, skunky back end reminiscent of a weed-flavored Altoid. It’s hard for such an interesting smell to translate to your tastebuds, but Kush Mints does a good enough job at providing the CliffsNotes. Those dank, spicy notes of pine and wood are mellowed by a subtle chocolate sweetness, all of which is eventually overpowered by the skunky, minty punch the strain is known for.
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