This plant, a hybrid of 0G Kush x G-13 (male), produced dense nugs, looking slightly darkish like an old Bubba Kush might. This year, the entry was particularly well cured, rarity for many strains grown in Holland. The buds ground up nicely and burned perfectly when rolled. The taste was sour and chronic--a true connoisseur's flavor, reminiscent of the original Chem-D.
Perhaps the best parl of the Kushadelic was its cut-through high. Perhaps one of the most potent stones of the Cup, this was one strain you had to be careful not to smoke at the wrong time or you'd be at risk of getting lost, losing your cell phone and sitting in the park for hours. But then again, what else would you expecl from Soma?
1st Place Indica Cup, Breeder's Buds
Mount Cook (or Aoraki, as its known among the Maori) is the highest and most majestic mountain in New Zealand, and Kiwi Seeds has certainly produced a plant that lives up to the name! During judging sessions high up in the Temple, Mount Cook's jar never left the top shelf. It was repeatedly challenged, but its deep indica stone and Kushy flavor dwarfed the other contenders. Mount Cook is an indica hybrid, with the mother coming from Afghani/Thai roots. She was selected oul of hundreds of females in a Kiwi Seeds breeding program lhat was carried out in NZ in 1448. She was picked for her short flowering times, THC content and compact structure, as well as her fruity taste and aroma. The resulting plant was finally brought back to Holland in clone form, and afler much trial and error crossing her with various males, a suitable pollen donor was found. The chosen father came in the form of a Northern Lights x Hash Plant that had been used in a previous hybrid from Kiwi Seeds called Milky Way.
Mount Cook comes with all those familiar indica characteristics: lovely deep-green leaves; short, thick stems and branches; plus fat, pungent buds Legal Highs
coated in snow-like crystals. The smoke is heavy and stony, almost paralyzing. Although a little longer than some indicas, Mount Cook has a reasonable flowering time and good yield, making her a great choice for indoor gardens.
2nd Place Indka Cup, Breeder's Buds
"Mouth-watering" is the only way to describe this year's Cheese rendition from Homegrown Fantaseeds. Of all the sweet tastes at this year's Cup, this strain was the clear winner on flavor. With strong hints of Blueberry and above-average potency, this indica was a clear challenger from the onset.
Afghani Lineage provides this variety with its strength, which gives it a very sedating high with virlually no ceiling. Generally known to be a good yielder, this stocky plant is easily kept short for indoor gardens.
3rd Ptace Indica Cup, Breeder's Buds
Fast becoming a perennial contender, Amnesia did it again this year, absolutely knocking us out with their latest Sour rendition, the Lemon Sour Diesel (or LSD, as it was known around Amsterdam). This latest cul was comparable to last year's winning Top Dawg, though this version mighl be bigger on taste. The LSD definitely took on a more citrus-like flavor, bolstering its already sour taste and adding a unique twist to what has always been a popular variety. Its cut-through Sour Diesel aroma resembles the true East Coast Diesel, known for its candy flavor and balanced high. However, its sourness probably comes from. its grandparents, whose roots run deep to original Afghani genetics. Those genetics then produced the mighty Mazar, one of the direct parents of the LSD. The Mazar was crossed with anolher, older strain—an original Skunk variety that, if it's selected for, can also produce sourness rather than the sweetness that some newer Skunks are known for.
In the end, the final product carries the kind of powerfut, stony high that one would expect from an award-winning indica. For those of you looking for a happy high and fresh flavor, this plant will make a great grow at home!
Super Lemon Haze
1st Place Cannabis Cup, Coffeeshop Buds
A phenomenon that is fast becoming a trend, the lemon flavor jusl can't be beat! And leave it to none other than Arjan, owner of the Green House chain of coffeeshops, to take it to the next level. Combining that super lemon flavor with his besl Haze to create the Super Lemon Haze, Arjan once again has mastered his conslituents' taste buds.
A subtle citrus aroma complements the fuller Haze smell that comes out of each nugget. The buds themselves are denser than your typical sativa, making yields on this plant surprisingly bigger than usual. The high associated with this smoke is uplifting and exciting: A good party-time bud, the buzz can carry you away and get you moving in the right direction.
As always, the Green House coffeeshops provided an excellent backdrop for this year's Cannabis Cup, and the final 4:20 party—which is held every year the day after closing ceremonies at lhe winning coffee house—was a class act. From the glass floors with koi fishponds underneath lo the lavish wall paintings upstairs and great food and drink all around, the Green House never disappoints.
This year's Chocolope was the best grown choco anyone
on this staff has ever smoked
3rd Place Cannabis Cup,
Green Place Coffeeshop
Entered by the Green Place Coffeeshop and originally developed by DNA Genetics, lhis yeaŕs Chocolope was the best-grown choco anyone on this staff has ever smoked. An early HIGH TIMES staff pick, the 'lope was A recommended to our judges as one of this year's Top 7 coffeeshop strains.
Looks like lhe judges agreed, voting the Green Place in as the Cinderella third-place finisher in their first year of competilion! Trailing only the Green House and Barney's Farm, it was a hefty honor for the up-and-coming coffee house to
place among the biggest players in Amsterdam. Situated near the middle of town in Nieuwmarkt Square, this spot has a vibe that is both modern and relaxed. Canals line the streets out front, but the interior is lined with flat-panel plasma screens for football matches, and the back of the house opens up a bit with a loungey feel. Oddly enough, Mo, the shop's owner, was hesitant about entering the world's foremosl cannabis competition, as his team is still feeling out their own grow operations. "I want to enter," Mo told us earlier this summer, "but I also want to win. I don't want to enter until we are at a point where I know we can compete." Well, guess what? The Green Place looks to be a contender from here on out. Congrats, Mo!