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Strain Review: Zkittlez from 3rd Generation Family & Terp Hogz

T.H.Caeczar

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Strain Review: Zkittlez from 3rd Generation Family and Terp Hogz

Wins: HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup 1st Place Indica San Francisco 2015

Lineage: Grape Ape x Grapefruit x ???

Tools Used: Santa Cruz Shredder, Raw Rolling Tray, Raw Rolling Papers, Clipper Lighter, Phuncky Feel Tip, Snob Glass Bong

Visuals/Bag Appeal: 3/5
Pretty decent trim and mediocre bud structure. Doesn't look too different from most strains available already. Light green, semi-dense, round bud, with orange/red hairs. Under magnification it has lots of trichomes on the surface, but not flooded. Very few clear trichomes; mostly cloudy with some amber trichome heads. Picked at a pretty good time. Doesn't look bad, but the look of this bud isn't what makes it so popular. Looks aren't everything.

Aroma: 5/5
Some of the best smelling, most unique aroma I have ever came across from cannabis. I want to live in the jar. I want to shove the nugs up my nose so I can always smell this aroma. If this was in "HolyWater" form, half would be for dabbing, and the other half would be just for wearing as a cologne. The most exaggerated citrus, fruit cocktail, tropical melody, candy store smell, with little hints of grape when you crack the jar. Zkittlez has more of a sweet smell than a sour smell. Imagine smelling a bag of lemon-flavored Skittles sitting on a dashboard in a hot car in Phoenix in July. That sweet candied citrus, lemon zest, kushy perfume aroma is so powerful, the smell lingered in the room after the jar was closed. I used to completely be against anything that smells or taste like lemon when it came to cannabis, but Zkittles is the only strain that I can make an exception to, so far.

Taste: 5/5
Before I rolled up a joint of this to smoke, I peeled off some leaf from the bud like I usually do; I also packed a bong of just sugar leaf from the bud to see if it would taste any different. Usually leaf burns hot and you really don't taste much. Not in this case. Taking a bong hit of just sugar leaf from Zkittlez taste pretty good! I couldn't wait to smoke a joint of this! Burning a jay, I enjoyed the taste this strain puts out so much more. It's like smoking citrus zest that was sitting in very sweet tropical punch with jellied citrus candy. Not too powerful or dominant, but enough to notice something other than lemon. Hands down, some of the tastiest weed I have ever come across.

Ash/Burn/Flush: 4/5
Light grey colored ash, very powdery and fluffy, no harsh burn on the back of my throat after smoking a joint. No sparking, popping, or cracking from fresh, or sub-par flushed buds, burned even and smooth, enjoyable smoke that stays and makes your mouth water.  Great job on the ash, flush, cure, and burn overall.

Effect: 4/5
Weird. It leans towards indica, but I have a great time smoking this strain during the day. Very clear-headed, active, focused, alert, happy, cheerful, with a body high that is relaxing, calming, and stress relieving as you come down from the peak of your high. I also had the complete opposite of cottonmouth. I kept salivating, and had the urge to spit every minute. It was so tasty, it made my mouth water for a while. The strain also slightly helped manage the pain I have in my back and shoulders from wearing heavy backpacks. Smoking this strain at the NorCal Cannabis Cup in San Francisco partially got me through the event.

Overall: 4.2/5
A mediocre bag appeal with an aroma and flavor that's incredibly powerful and out of this world there's almost no words to describe how good it is. Good, great, excellent, superb, and whatever words are out there just isn't good enough to describe how phenomenal this strain is. I can't say perfect because I have tried many strains and even my favorite ones aren't even perfect. It sure as hell damn near close though. The ash, burn flush, and cure all were pretty good as well, and the effect was pretty interesting,  aside from the over salivation problem I had. Other than that,  Zkittlez makes my Top 5 list for one of my favorite strains in existence. I have smoked hundreds of strains, and different phenotypes of those strains, but most of them haven't impressed me the way this strain does.  This strain has come along way, and I feel it still has so much more unlocked potential. Big shout-out to 3rd Gen Family for putting this strain out to the world for everyone to appreciate. If you like Zkittles, then you might want to look out for their next big project, Zprite coming out soon! 

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