Mandarin Dreams from Trulieve in Sarasota, FL.
Not the most potent strain in stock (that was the Crescendo @ 28.6) but I absolutely loved it in the Rosin so I picked up the flower....so here we go:
Appearance/Cure/Handling: Upon breaking the seal I was punched with a really potent “bright” smell that I can’t really articulate very well here. Usually TL flower is on the drier side of well-cured, however this batch is so sticky that it sticks to your fingers In defiance of gravity. Buds are closer to tan at the bottoms due to all the kief. Seriously.
Upon grinding, with the bud and the grinder frozen along with a grinder coin for kief collection the coarse ground that had almost all the outside kief knocked off still was easily formed back into dense ‘nugs’. The very fine ground flower also compacted and stayed super moist. Something that I thought was surprising given my experience with MMJ flower in FL was that the kief (which was still super cold) just stuck and compacted to itself with no pressure or effort. I start the process of compressing kief into hash by hand while it collects in the grinder and for the most part it is fluffy, dry, and has to be compressed a bit to really bind to itself. Not so with this flower!
Taste: the flower is just really bright, tasty, and flavorful. I’m having trouble articulating the flavors, but it has the same refreshing ‘feel’ to the exhale of some of the more mellow Lemon strains. Given the name I’m guessing it’s some sort of citrus terpene I’m getting.
Effects: Great initial head buzz! I rolled up a .5 gram j and enjoyed it upon waking as a test of its effects without the intent of getting ripped. The first five minutes began a very nice building sensation that continued past the end of the joint and continued to build for the next 20 minutes that was super euphoric and hazy. Once it settled in it gave a nice, relaxed high and tingly body, especially the legs, hands, and face. Even after quite some time it didn’t make me sleepy just smoothly released with no ill effects. That said, it would be very easy to drift off to sleep given the nice slow thoughtfulness this engendered in me. A solid 2 hours of a really nice and chill experience.
I can recommend this flower for anyone that likes Indicas that will also elevate you and keep you there!