Bordello Strain Review

Bordello Strain Review

11:30 am on a Tuesday is the perfect to time to stop in to Kind Love. The rear parking lot is accessible and ample. It’s empty at the time of my arrival but I’ve seen overflow-parking spill into the neighboring Petsmart lot before. Most notably on Thursday’s when new Green Dot flavors drop. I haven’t visited Kind Love in quite some time. Months when I think about it. I used to shop here once a week when my office was located just down the road.

Kind Love is perched at the top of East Alameda Avenue and Leetsdale Drive in Denver. The building is discreetly tucked into trees and utility poles that in another life were also trees. From the exterior one cannot readily tell that this structure houses one of Denver’s most loved dispensaries. It looks more like a fine place to put a dental clinic. Once inside these hallowed walls, medical patients and recreational consumers are treated to an out of this world experience.

Check in was a breeze and I was offered a Kind Love Red Card protector when the receptionist saw the crumbling imitation brand Post-it note I’m currently using to keep the integrity of my card in tact. I accepted fully well knowing that it would not fit in my wallet. As if the state wants to make thing even tougher on cannabis patients, the current ID cards were made without such precautions like making sure that the ink would not rub off leaving a valid card unusable.

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Immediately upon entering the medical dispensary I was greeted by Matt whose bushy red beard dwarfed my own manly scruff. After some brief facial hair talk and catching him up on what I’ve been doing my name was announced and I excused myself to make my purchase. He let me know that the Cookie Wreck had just hit the med side and was looking primo.

The shelves are always stocked to the max at Kind Love. They have enough infused topical cream to slather a million bodies’ head to toe and their selection of edibles and drinks runs the gamut. Kind Love has the best selection of hash on the market. They carry Concentrated Remedies, Craft 710, Essential Extracts, Incredible Extracts, Viola, Green Dot, The Lab as well as their own house line of wax, shatter and live resin.

Mary motioned for me to walk to her station and she’s never steered me wrong before. She put a jar of Triangle Kush in front of me and opened the lid. The smell hit me like an open hand slap to the face and sent me tumbling back. If one is good then two is better. I went in for another whiff this time keeping my footing. It was tasty; as was the Cookie Wreck I checked out. But I had come with a hankering for something specific.

Boredello has been knocking me on my ass since I first smoked it a year or so ago. I’ve gone back for it several times since without the slightest sense of disappointment. It’s a cross between Blackberry Apocalypse and Alexis with its roots taking hold in the firm red dirt of Texas and its Texas Resin Company. Bordello is a pungent and pretty bud begging to be rolled up into a fat blunt.

The bottom of the jar is not a place a connoisseur would rather not consume cannabis from. It’s akin to taking the last swing out of a warm bottle of whiskey that has been sitting in the corner all night; it will still do the job but taste and appearance are lacking and the experience is shot. I’m all about the aesthetic. Mary knows me and knows my preferences. She retrieved a brand new jar of the magical strain and sent me packing with a fat gram.

Kind Love is and will forever a cannabis institution. It’s a place where the brightest minds in the cannabis community shop, work and congregate. As I left the store I struck up a conversation with Chris, a grower from a competing dispensary. He comes into Kind Love to pick up clones from the clone bar for his home grow. He left me with his personal opinion of the dispensary.

“Kind Love is the fucking best!”

I couldn’t agree more Chris.

Strain

Bordello

bordello strain review

Genetics

Blackberry Apocalypse x Alexis

Dispensary

Kind Love, 4380 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246.

Aesthetic

One of the things I most enjoyed about this sample of Bordello was the variation in nug size, shape and color. Shades of purple stood out sporadically among the dark and light greens with ample scatterings of burnt-orange hairs and kief.

bordello strain review

Aroma

A complex terpene profile, these Bordello flowers smelled earthy with undertones of fuel and citrus before being broken up, but then I was greeted with the sweet aroma of berries and flowers as soon as I tore one in half.

Consumption

Smoking a bowl of Bordello out of a less-than-squeaky-clean glass pipe was not able to mask the surprising berry taste in the smoke. I felt slight throat irritation and choked out a couple of coughs after the first two hits, but it was relatively smooth sailing. Just as expected, the cultivation team at Kind Love flushed the plants properly because the ash left in the bottom of bowl was white.

Effects

My eyes felt a little heavier by the time the bowl was finished, and a comfortingly-restrictive, imaginary headband had magically appeared above my ears. My limbs felt heavy and light at the same time while a mild tingling sensations tickled my skin. (Yes, seriously.) If I had to describe the effects I felt from consuming Bordello in one word, it would be serene.

Because it provides intense limb and body relaxation coupled with an almost energizing mental stimulation, I think Bordello would be an ideal pairing for creative pursuits, catching up with friends, meditating or something more sensual like getting a massage.  In the best way possible, concentrating on writing this review became slightly more challenging after a bowl of Bordello. While it is a good option to relieve pain and stress, Bordello may not be a good choice for those seeking relief at work.

 

Blackberry Kush Review

Blackberry Kush Review

Strain: Blackberry Kush

Genetics: Blackberry and Afghani (Landrace)

Purchased: AllGreens 762 Kalamath Street, Denver CO 80204

Type: Indica

Price: $35 an eighth (all the way up)

The Gist: Blackberry Kush is most popular and easily found in California, but is more of a rare find in Colorado cannabis dispensaries. In fact, berry-based strains as a whole seem more scarce in the Centennial State. Perhaps Cali does Kushes best, or maybe California’s climate produces fruitier buds. Whatever the reason, I was stoked to find out that one of my favorite indica genetics had a home in Denver. I’m an indica guy (except on weekends) who suffers from neck pain, so I often seek out heavy, sedative Kush strains like Blackberry. And surprisingly — as this is often not the case — the potency, structure, and integrity of AllGreens’ Blackberry Kush is completely intact.

Aroma: These Blackberry Kush flowers have a mild scent of fresh blackberries. Although not overpowering, the sweet aroma of blackberries is very much there. It’s convenient when a strain smells exactly like its name, and that’s the case here. The anise and berry terpenes (molecules responsible for scent and flavor) are a nice breath of summer air in the dog days of winter.

Taste: When smoked out of a glass pipe, AllGreens’ Blackberry Kush flowers taste hashy. The berry flavor is mildly apparent upon inhalation. However, even out of a fresh green hit, I mostly just tasted resin. Considering Blackberry Kush has direct Afghan heritage (like all Kush strains), this rich taste wasn’t so surprising.The post-exhalation after-taste was slightly chocolatey with an herbal spiciness.

Kudos to AllGreens’ cultivators, as this sample looked and tasted like it could be boutique, home-grown herb.

blackberry kush review

Aesthetic: It’s rare to find such potent, trichome (kief) covered from a dispensary these days. These light yet bright green Blackberry Kush flowers have a circular/oval structure and solid density. Even after having stored them in a glass jar for over a week, the freshness and flavor were maintained. There’s a faint, light purple color sprinkled throughout the buds, particularly towards the base.

Effect: AllGreens’ Blackberry Kush is not your run-of-the-mill Kush. This heavy-hitting strain provides an instantaneous head rush of cerebral euphoria, which remains strong for the first 10-15 minutes. I smoked half a bowl and didn’t even need the rest, as it left my heart racing slightly. Soon thereafter, the high becomes a more standard, full-body Indica buzz with a very deep, tranquil effect. My eyes wanted to shut, my brain stopped pulsing, and for the next hour my neck felt a little less cranky.

(Note: I smoke a lot of cannabis, and a lot of hash, so if you’re a novice, tread lightly with this strain. She’s potent!)

Recommendation: Blackberry Kush is a great, potent indica strain for those looking to alleviate muscle soreness, stiffness and pain. While it was not the strongest pain relieving strain I’ve ever smoked, it did offer some temporary relief. I would definitely smoke it again.

blackberry kush full meltBlackberry full melt hash from AllGreens Denver.

Bonus: The Blackberry full melt hash from AllGreens is also a very special treat and some of the best cannabis concentrate I’ve found in Colorado.

Bernie Canter

 

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