The first home grow review comes to us from Alberta, Tom at the Grow Show has sent us some of his Wanderer.
Hey everyone, thanks for reading today’s post. This is the first of (hopefully) many peer-to-peer reviews of gifted homegrown cannabis. These reviews won’t be included in the summaries I do for my retail cannabis purchases, they won’t be critical. I’ll outline each flower I see, tell you about my observations and give any information I can find on the lineage. For each flower I receive, I’ll buff it up a bit and take photos. We’ll talk about the grower, methodology and where it came from.
We’re going to be all positive, providing highlights and noting the features. Hopefully you’ll learn about those in the community, the cultivars they choose to grow and the methodologies they use. After I get a few under my belt, I’ll put all that info on a map, so everyone can leave their mark.
Thanks to Tom at the Grow Show for starting this off. Tom is a fellow Albertan, who runs a live stream show. He’s doing a neat grounding experiment with his latest grow, you might want to check out if you grow in soil. The experimental grow is nearing the final quarter, so it’s a good time to tune in. He’s on Twitter, so you can connect with him there.
We’re doing his Wanderer today, Tom notes it is a Mexican hybrid, which I’d tell you is observable both in the shape of the flowers and taste. Let’s take a look.
Wanderer is Tom’s creation, he coined the name after some testing. I checked the usual suspects for information on anything called Wanderer, and there was none. This is one of the really exciting parts of the normalization of cannabis; unfamiliar cultivars, new tastes and creations never seen before. We get new tastes from producers, but I am especially looking forward to seeing what comes out of the homegrown scene. I suspect there many isolated breeders other there that work very hard but don’t talk too much, waiting to come out of the woodwork.
Tom’s Wanderer flowers are hybrid morphology. Larger buds are finger like, smaller ones are toe-like, with similar diameter on both. Density is high as well, buds are firm and tight in shape. The curves of the flowers are rounded and less jagged, like sativa leaning buds can be.
Up close, the pistil colours accent to the green of the flower with a variance of sandy browns to muted yellows. The trichomes look fantastic and, I’d estimate, they lean towards milky/clear in number and demonstrate less amber colouring.
The Wanderer buds feel dry to the touch but the buds are firm with rigid structure, they cannot be crushed with a pinch. When ground, the granules maintain good cohesion and release a wealth of scent.
The scent of the Wanderer flowers are obtuse fruits. Some profiles are sharp and poignant, this one has a broad boarder at its face, really fuzzy. Fairly static, less dynamic, and likewise, surrounding in its potency.
Flavours on Tom’s Wanderer are proximal to many familiar tastes but ultimately, occupy its own space. If you took the deep tart of grape juice and spread it across the basic citrus tones of a pear you’d get something close to how the Wanderer tastes in mid profile. The grape reduction is rich and quite sticky on the palate, it tends to roll with some dynamic taste. The top of the profile is some slight metallic edges, tough to place but seems to shift the entire profile to a charged or ionic position. Less of a harmonic blend, there’s a lot going on here, like the twirling gears of a clock.
The taste is meandering, light on its feet, prancing delightfully as it wanders. I see it as Sativa leaning, balanced with some comforting indica qualities playing secondary in the subtext.
Wander’s tastes hint at its genealogy but doesn’t go nearly far enough to give it away. Its fuzzy nose, slightly soured fruit and top note metallic tastes are not surprising, given that Tom notes this is a Mexican hybrid cross. The shape of the buds, and the depth of the tart fruit suggest at an impossible number of other inclusions, but then again, both qualities could have been achieved over generations of selective inbreeding as well– an achievement regardless.
Thanks again to Tom for starting this review set off with his Wanderer, hopefully the first of many we will see from him. Tom was nice enough to also include a Blueberry flower that was grown outdoors on Vancouver Island, so we’ll look at that one on our next homegrown review.
If you want to send in cannabis to me me for one of these reviews, the address is below. Send 2-3 grams of your homegrown whole flower cannabis.
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