Origins and Backstory: From Bodhi Seeds, this variety is a cross of Super Silver Haze and Appalachia. Appalachia is in turn a cross of Green Crack and Tres Dawg. My friend grew this plant from seed at 7500' in the Colorado mountains. This plant was resilient to weather, pests (including squirrel and bear, which did destroy other plants), and other harsh environmental factors. This is the same grower of the Blueberry, Super Skunk, Cannalope Haze, and AK-47 featured on this blog. He grows beyond organically and the quality of his flowers are always impressive.
Appearance: These flowers fooled me, and I thought they were indoor on inspection. Side-by-side with other flowers grown under identical conditions revealed the ability for Silver Mountain to thrive in outdoor environment. I could immediately tell all the other flowers my friend showed me were outdoor, but these beautiful lime-green nuggets were so sparkly and bright that they retained a "museum quality" to their appearance. Seriously impressive.
Aroma: The bouquet of this phenotype of Silver Mountain leans heavily to the Super Silver Haze side of things. For those unfamiliar with SSH, the Dutch cultivar is unbelievably sweet. It has spicy as well as floral elements, and an overall velveteen character that reminds me of high-altitude Colorado summer lichens and mosses. The aroma is seriously compelling, and I love huffing the jar of this one. It's is sweet, soft, fruity, alien, with grungy notes of garlic and roasted vedalia onion. The bizarre combination flirts with the line of body odor. I hate to exhaust my supply, just because the smell will no longer be available! There is also a hint of tropical fruit and cantaloupe in addition to the lemon-lime-sprite. A bit metallic as well--guava? All in all, a strong point.
Flavor: The velvety, and sweet-fruity aspects of the aroma translate well to flavor. While very tasty, it is not quite as nuanced as the aroma. This is somewhat typical, and it is really the exception when a flower tastes as good as it smells. It is impressive with Silver Mountain how well the metallic fruit flavor and summer-lichen-velvet notes translate to flavor however, and it is certainly an enjoyable smoke. Some of the fruit makes it through to the palate as well, leaning toward lemon citrus and melon.
Effects: Silver Mountain is euphoric and super active, ideal for hiking--or perhaps that's a psychological effect from the name. The smoke is uplifting, enjoyable, happy, and really pretty blissful when coupled with a sunny day and some skin exposure. However, there is a "warm blanket" effect that sets in later and takes some pep out of my step. Silver Mountain seems to be very uppity without raciness, paranoia, or a feeling of being overwhelmed--an amazing and rare trait to be cherished. Mellow smoke, but the intensity is still satisfying. The ability of this weed to pick you up without letting you down too hard, and without risking social anxiety/paranoia is super impressive
Overall: Another instant hit from Bodhi, Silver Mountain is a versatile sativa-dominant variety that pleases all around. Her flowers really are unbelievably beautiful, faring exceptionally well in a harsh mountain environment. The aroma of Silver Mountain is something to be beheld, and I have made sure to do so often. The flavor is enjoyable, but it is the bouquet and effect of Silver Mountain that really make her shine. She is uplifting and inspiring, whether in creative endeavors or pursuits of physical activity. Maybe most impressively, she manages to do so without being too racy like many descendants of Haze. Another winner from Bodhi, no surprise. Silver Mountain nears the acme of the "fruity sativa" category.