Origins and Backstory: I received this flower from a friend. I do not review other people's flowers due to issues with consistency and integrity. However, this friend of mine grows beyond organically and the quality of his flowers always impress me. He appreciates older Dutch genetics, sweet and fruity varieties with creative and euphoric effects. This varietal was grown indoors from seed.
Appearance: Super Skunk flowers appear like classic high quality bud. The flowers are bright green and highly resinous, wrapped up in thin purple-tipped leaves. The flower structure is long and finger-like, like stretched out pine cones. On first glance, Super Skunk is reminiscent of the old "headies" I used to be able to occasionally score in the midwest.
Aroma: A jar of Super Skunk smells like most generic cannabis from across the room. It is vaguely sweet and skunky, smelling like classic high-grade cannabis. Broken buds tell a more interesting story though. I was surprised by this flower, as Dutch Skunk varieties are typically more sweet than skunky. This generally warrants disdain and a snobby attitude from most American skunk lovers--I would argue rightfully so, as I am one of them. However, the aroma on this particular sample reminded me of a more generic version of Trinity or Synergy. For those who don't know, Trinity is a classic NorCal clone that is known for its incredibly dank, skunky, and funky aroma. Synergy is reviewed previously on my blog. This plant has similar tones. There are the skunky funky notes when flowers are broken up, and these are complimented well by a sort of sweet, silly-puddy-plastic-90s-action-figure smell. I really appreciate the weird plastic smell which I have only noticed in Trinity and Synergy out of all the cultivars I have grown/smoked. There are some background scents that one must search hard for, but miniscule amounts of garlic, onion, and old garbage can be noted as well.
Flavor: The flavor is a surprise on this one. Chlorinated compounds are immediately obvious, as is a cheesy, mildew-like flavor. Cue the "you're smoking moldy weed bro" comments. This flower is not moldy (I checked after tasting), but has a weird, cheesy-mildew flavor. It seriously is like tasting an old gym bag or an old locker room. This bizarre flavor eventually leaves the palate, allowing more of the notes from the aroma to translate. The lingering flavor is sweet, plastic-like, and smoky (go figure).
Effect: Super Skunk is more of an upper than a downer, and imparts a clear-headed and functional high. She begins by imbuing creativity, euphoria, and a greater appreciation for music. This settles down into a more relaxed and dreamy effect. The stone is long lasting and satisfying, perfect for an early to mid afternoon toke. While possessing many traits typically associated with sativas, I would not classify Super Skunk as floaty or cerebral. I prefer Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze, or something similar to go on a magic flight of euphoria. Super Skunk is a mellow and versatile ride.
Overall Experience: This Super Skunk was grown superbly, there is no doubt about that. I felt that the aroma and flavor were the highlights. I oddly love cultivars with offensive aromas of skunk, garbage, and putrid matter--Super Skunk manages to capture a couple of them. She is skunky and funky, but I really love the plastic smells that bring back memories of Silly Putty and Power Rangers. It's even more incredible when this note translates to flavor in the smoke! Again, this was really a highlight. The effect isn't lacking in strength, but in my opinion could use a bit more character. I want to clarify--the effect really isn't lacking in any arena. However, it does not excel in any particular area either, other than pure versatility. Personally, I enjoy varieties with emphasis on something, whether it is extreme euphoria, racing heart/mind/thoughts, super-sleepiness, anxiety relief, etc. Super Skunk is uplifting and happy, but generic among her specific effects with nothing outstanding. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of Super Skunk genetics, pushed to their full potential by the grower.