We have a home grown review today, this is gift flower. I did not purchase it in a retail store, so we won’t be looking any data related to this offering. We’re just going to appreciate the flower, which won’t be hard to do.
This is the Jamie cut of Ice Cream Cake, produced in Ontario, by The Loud Reserve.
The flower was gifted to me by Maxim Zavet, he’s been a supporter of my work since early 2016, and I’ve always been really appreciative of that. I got a chance to meet up with him in Toronto, and we met the grower of the cultivar we review here.
Let’s start with the most exciting part, these genetics are bleeding edge; Ice Cream Cake. We get even more specific, it’s the ‘Jamie’ cut, which likely is a phenotypic designation for this cultivar. Or, said another way, a method of identifying this specific ‘character’ amongst a collection of Ice Cream Cake plants. You’ll see this type of nomenclature more commonly as you move to the trendier side of the market, where there are more F1 crosses, typically.
Ice Cream Cake is bred by Seed Junky Genetics, a breeder from the US. The genetic makeup for this Ice Cream Cake is indicative of many popular crosses currently ongoing in the US. To generalize it, I’d call it a Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) type, but it’s really a composition of two pillars in Californian cannabis, the GSC and Cherry Pie. Because the genetics are so intermingled, it’s easier to draw it.
Like I said above, Maxim introduced me to the grower of this flower. They had just checked into their hotel room, and were about to roll a joint, so, as they prepared a joint about the length of a size 13 shoe, I got a chance to learn a bit about their grow style.
This is living soil grown, but I won’t be more specific than that, their grow procedure struck me as atypical in some places, which I think adds to the experience. The level of care and attention demonstrated by the grower was observable, as with the logic behind their built form, and how that translated to their grow methodology.
I was sold on the process by the time the joint was rolled, we proceeded out to Front Street in Toronto, to smoke the massive joint. Afterwards, I ran inside to participate in the Cannalysts podcast, check it out here.
Now that I’m back home, with my trusty Volcano, I’m really looking forward to reviewing this cannabis.
The grower took great care of this flower, from seed to storage. Once it was in my care, they reminded me to keep it in cool temperatures, so I didn’t disturb the terpene composition. I’ve had to store it while I completed other reviews, and, I have taken good care of it in the meantime. But, many times, I’ve been tempted to review it, ahead of schedule. Instead, checking out it looks or smelling the flower. So, after all this prelude, it is my pleasure to review, Ice Cream Cake, the Jamie cut, grown by The Loud Reserve, as selected by Maxim Zavet.
Visuals are about as good as they can be. I tend to view full size and robust structure as qualifications of excellent visuals, this Ice Cream Cake adds in expensive colouring, deep violets contrasted by orange stigmas. There’s very little green to describe, most of the colouring is varying hues of purple, ranging from bright to near black.
Tactually, it’s ideal. Meaning, it has a spongy feel, with some internal give that easily returns to the original shape. This is devoid of the outward crispness I use to describe some offerings, instead, it’s plush, becoming firm after a certain amount of pressure is applied.
Like many Gelato hybrids, the scent of these flowers are immediacy fierce, rapid approach with the long reach. The frontage is volatile fuel, accented with sweet grace notes, which fall faint against the enormous presence of the high strung petrols. There’s grace in the structure of the character, but it’s poised, ready to react.
Heat blows out the gingered sweets contained in the profile, there’s a comforting side of this profile occluded by the petrol frontage. Central to the profile is a somewhat benign ‘dough’ flavour that sticks to the palate, surrounded by sweet accents and a lightly spiced earthen foundation. The top side of the profile curls the sweet notes back towards the petrol tastes to hint at its dual stage olfaction, but the bark is much worse than the bite; this is undeniably friendly and, dare I say, accessible.
Pronunciation was an orchestration, started out forte, with comfort from the second and third act. Longevity was great, there’s some good dynamism initially and the character stabilizes for the long run.
I rolled this Ice Cream Cake in the most unforgiving rolling paper (in my opinion), a Raw Black, and I found the profile quite soft, showing more OG character in the profile, while keeping the spiced earths noted above.
Overall, I found the cultivar to be an updated rendition of a girl scout cookie, bringing welcome petrols to the olfactory frontage. When used, the comforting earths bring balance to the profile, it’s comforting, but still brings some bite.
From front to back, it was hard not to like the Ice Cream Cake. My sincere compliments to The Loud Reserve on the grow and likewise to Maxim Zavet for making the introduction and providing the cannabis.
One more point before I go, The Loud Reserve has a picture on their instragram of the Ice Cream Cake, Jamie cut beside its phenotypic counterparts, the Jamie cut appears the most purple in colour. There is one offering of Ice Cream Cake in the Canadian market, it retails around $20 per gram in Alberta. By the pictures, it appears to lack the colouring of the Jamie cut, and it is also expensive, but it is an opportunity to try these trendier genetics. I’ll make my way over to give it a formal review, and it will be interesting to see what I think of it, now that I’ve reviewed the Jamie cut, without any monetary implications.
Thanks for reading this one, see you on the next one.