We’re going to talk Jean Guy for a couple days, starting with Aphria’s Jean Guy offering.
Although less expensive than the other offerings of Jean Guy, Aphria’s version is lacking in visual quality and fails to deliver in taste. For basic use, it is barely passible and overall, does not demonstrate the quality of other entries at this price point.
Talking about a good point first, there is some flavour intact with decent longevity. This version lacks the tart citrus that Jean Guy is known for. Instead, there are some ambiguous earth notes towards the midrange of the profile, which cling to the palette. Slightly refreshing, but otherwise the flavour lacks any character, it is merely present. In a blind taste test, I would not be able to identify this as Jean Guy.
Structure of Aphria’s Jean Guy is poor. Stems, shake and smaller buds, none very impressive. On par with what I have seen from Alta Vie. Entirely disappointing.
This Jean Guy smoked clean and tasted pretty good. Smoked it with a buddy side by side with a bunch of other LP stuff and we both agreed it was the best performer. But this anecdotal point isn’t any reason to buy it, I wrote this entire paragraph to mention that I think I have at least one friend.
Like my experience with Aphria’s Granddaddy Purple, this Jean Guy was a flop. Which is a shame. Jean Guy has a wonderful profile, familiar enough to be interpreted as a citrus-type, with playful biting edges that skew the taste towards the punchier ends of the spectrum, while still maintaining some sense of comfort.
Jean Guy is a Canadian classic, from Montreal. A few resources call the variety a White Widow phenotype. House of the Great Gardener sells it in seed form, they note the Montreal Compassion Club origin but not the genetics behind the cultivar.
I’m not going to count them up, a handful licensed producers grow something they are calling Jean Guy, we’re going to review another one next, the 7 Acres version. Because Aphria often ranks very well for value, I thought their variety would be good to review alongside 7ACRES’ Jean Guy. But that didn’t really happen.
We’ll see in the next review that comparing these two Guys is not apples to apples, more like comparing apples to crabapples someone ran over with their car. Does it really matter that one is 40% cheaper than the other?
But still, we proceed. See you tomorrow for the 7ACRES review.