Doing the Colombian Gold today. This is a cultivar I grew for a patient, but I held a few grams back for myself to see how I did.
Along with the Humboldt Seed Organization’s Chemdawg, this was part of my first shot growing outdoors. The growth was mild, perhaps it didn’t like the climate or smoke from forest fires blocked the sun. I’d show pictures of the growth on Twitter and growers of this cultivar near the equator would reciprocate with pictures that would blow mine out of the water.
Although the plant did not yield massively, it produced some nice purple flowers with a nice mix of racy thiols and calming aromatics. The character here is derived from the disparity in taste, the profile is aggressive, it reaches inside the sinus, but also offers some warm ambience, like Sunday afternoon laundry.
Let’s talk about growth first. Besides being entirely gorgeous, this plant was sturdy. If I were recommending a first time sativa to grow based on my experience, this would be it. You can go back to look at the Moonshine Haze I grew using hydroponics, it presented some difficulty because the branches were not strong enough to hold the flowers it grew, extensive support was required. This Colombian Gold was sturdy in its 10 gallon pot and I actually didn’t even bother using a trellis or stakes.
The difficulty comes from the flowering time, this went well into November and we had snow outside mid October. Luckily, I had a space available indoors, so it was no problem to move it inside. The plant was large, so moving required one person to lift and one person to tuck the arms past the doorways but, in terms of overall difficulty, this was it.
Once under a limited spectrum LED light, the plant really showed some nice visuals. Buds are long and slender, almost spear-like in morphology. Trimming wasn’t ideal, as you can see I left the leaf a bit rougher. In retrospect, a dry trim or lateral scraping against a screen could help raise the visual quality, but as this isn’t retail cannabis, I didn’t see the point.
Here are my grinds. I’m often critical at this point in the review, now I can extend the same to my own product. I found a few keratinous bits, nothing I would regard as alarming.
Olfaction is rather harmonious, but the granular make up of the character is perceivable, this profile has many sides to it. Character isn’t far reaching or expansive, it’s more of a blended collection. Slight sour, slightly floral edged with an upper crust of polite sulphur, all muddled with musty spices atop rich soil.
Heat brings out the floral and sweeter notes in the profile. It maintains the foundation of spicy skunks and soil but adds a new dimension of taste the brings a nice dichotomy to the palate. It’s not a magnificent orchestration, but calling it a nice little tune would be an understatement. There’s presence here, standing firm while still being a bit subtle.
I mentioned above this Colombian Gold comes from a breeder called World of Seeds. They have a fairly wide offering but what attracted me to their is there ‘Pure Origin’ line because they all appear to be regional landraces. Part of the Pure Origin line, this Colombian Gold is said to be a combination of cultivars from the Santa Marta mountain range in Colombia. And they have other cultivars too, so if you’re interested in these landrace types, have a look. They’re also relatively cheap, which I tend to like.
With some landraces, I think there is a tradeoff with plant fitness and wealth of taste, I wouldn’t say that here. This Colombian Gold is both tasty and thrived while growing. The profile probably doesn’t meet my taste preference, but I’d tell you the plant was a delight to grow. I’d run it again for that reason or even use it in a cross to build a higher level of fitness into the hybrid.
I started this plant a bit late in June, mostly due to timing with plant licenses. Finished in November, so I got to spend about 6 months with it. That’s a fair bit of time but didn’t take a lot of effort, perhaps about 4 hours total labour and another 2 hours to trim/dry/cure. Yield was about 100 grams, which is tiny. The breeder says this plant makes 700 grams outdoor, so I have a lot of room to do better this season, but I was able to do 100 grams first time with very little effort. Although small, 100g probably saved me $800-$1000 if I were to buy this retail.
So as mentioned above, I grew this for a medical patient. Cost me very little to do it, which made it really easy to give it away for free. Wasn’t a big deal really, I’d tell you the most difficult part is waiting in line at the post office. I do it for the extra plant count and to be disruptive, I’d encourage you to do the same for your own reasons, or feel free to use mine. Some ventures are easier said than done, this really isn’t one of them.