Blue Cheese5 min read

AC Medical’s version of Blue Cheese delivers average looks with respectable taste on the high side of the market average price.

Today we review Blue Cheese, a seemingly nondescript cross between two nondescript cultivars, Blueberry and Cheese.

General names like Blueberry and Cheese are poor ways of describing the cultivar’s lineage. We’d be better off to name the breeder associated with the cultivar, which we don’t have here.

Perhaps instead, we can muse about apex Blue Cheeses. The popular cheese as of late is Greenhouse Seed’s Exodus Cheese, I believe. The popular Blueberry is, and will likely always be, the DJ Short offering of Blueberry, the original creator of the popular cultivar. I did a bit of checking on Seedfinder, it seems that many Blue Cheese offerings actually claim this lineage.

So maybe it’s better to look at the outliers, the ones that don’t have the Short/Exodus geanology. Goldenseed has a Blue Cheese, but it is a Blueberry crossed to a Blue Cheese (Barney’s, also claims Exodus/Short lineage). Female seeds also has a Blue Cheese available with the Blueberry backcross step. He doesn’t give the lineage, but Jordan of the Islands also has a Blue Cheese, worth a consideration at least. Apart from those two (and perhaps Jordan), all 16 breeders ‘Blue Cheeses’ listed on seedfinder claim the Exodus/Short genealogy.

I started out noting that the name Blue Cheese was nondescript and should be approached with respect to the breeder, I think we actually found the opposite. Although it is offered by many different breeders, the majority of the lineages I can find claim theirs as the Exodus Cheese, DJ Short Blueberry cross.

This particular Blue Cheese comes from AC Medical, we’ve seen a handful of their offerings so far, ranging from adquate to poor.

Visual appeal on this Blue Cheese is average, there is certainly nothing bad about it but it’s not exciting to the senses. Trim is lazy but still adequate. Some may regard it as good looking, some as average, but few would call it poor.

Looks ok up close, I found a few fibres, but that’s the worst of it. Otherwise, its respectable visual character continues here,

The scents of these Blue Cheese flowers are earth forward, the berry elements are notably absent.

Flavours on this Blue Cheese are forte cheese and light on the fruit. Chipper skunk notes with hard edges dominate the profile. We’ve seen some skunk profiles like CannTrust’s Warlock and Tweeds Plain Packaging Sativa that have dynamic metallic edges to the taste. These skunk notes are opposite, they are dry and stable, with fuzzy edges that buzz the palate. Pronunciation is good but sustained heat in the vaporizer only reduces the skunk note, this lacks some of the dynamism seen elsewhere.

This Blue Cheese was $11 per single gram, it leans to the higher side of the average. I can find about 200 listings for Blue Cheese at 23 stores for an average single gram price of $9.73. In the US, popularity looks similar, $12.02 per average single gram, listed at 108 stores, 150 listings total. The data shown comes from the two main cannabis listing sites, only those with an address are geotagged, counts/averages are shown regardless of address.

I’m luke warm on this Blue Cheese. Good taste, not so bad in the looks category, should be priced much lower and tested for pesticides/cannabinoid content. I’ve ranked it mid-range in my overall ranking list, behind Sundial’s Zen Berry and in front of THC Biomed’s Landrace Indica.

The flavours are accessible yet undeniably striking. Still, I’d be hard pressed to make a case for the popularity of this cultivar in North America. We just saw it’s only mildly prevalent in dispensaries. Only one licensed producer carries it under the traditional name in Canada, Whistler, they have it for $12 per gram ($13 per gram on previous lots). I’ve seen it back in 2016 at Redecan as well.

Let’s do a quick check for Whistler’s Blue Cheese, or any Blue Cheese in legal provincial stores… …. ….. Nothing, not one crumb of Blue Cheese. Although this cultivar isn’t widely popular, it is also not without popularity, which makes it notably absent in the Canadian legal market, I’d say.

So, maybe an opportunity for Whistler to bring their Blue Cheese to the table. Or some other producer. Or it’s already available and just renamed….. Let’s not forget about the many, many unlicensed offerings too.

You could also grow a Blue Cheese, I’d expect it to be an indica leaning hybrid. Jordan’s version flowers in 60 days average but not much info is given otherwise. still, that’d be the one I’d grow. Dinafem says their version finishes early to mid October outdoors, plenty time for most Canadian regions. Dinafem also notes theirs may reach 3 meters tall and yields a range of 600-800 grams per plant, that’s 25 ounces (taking the range average), or about $4,200 worth if you were to purchase this by the ounce ($169/28grams).

Using the minimum wage in my province ($15/hr), $4,200 is about 280 working hours or 7 weeks (40 hr work week). Growing costs are likely under $200 outdoors with a few days labor time (worth $240 @ $15/hr, 8hrs/day). There is a huge difference in the time you have to work to purchase retail cannabis and the ‘value’ of the time you’d spend growing the same amount of cannabis. For the case above, this multiple is 7.8.

Now, this Blue Cheese costs $6.04 per gram (by the oz) or 24 minutes of work (@$15/hr). Applying the multiple noted above, it would take just 3 minutes of time to grow one gram of cannabis, compared to the 24 minutes of time it would take to buy it.

Retail is a good way to explore cannabis, keep up on new cultivars and experience various levels of quality. To enjoy that journey to its fullest extent, I’d argue you also need to grow some your own. At the very least, for something to fall back on, but also, it could save you some time.