Originally Posted by beta
I'm less interested in what people think they remember about old herb since we tend to romanticize the past.
More interesting would be someone who has an old school cultivar that they can do a side by side comparison with modern cultivars.
Otherwise we're just dealing in worthless, nostalgia tainted memories.
I remember just out of High School ('91 or so) getting bags of some stuff that was being called Alien Green Bud. I'm quite positive it was one of those elites that was renamed & it was being grown a few houses down from me by some folks that had just moved to town. I'm pretty sure they were blowing the house up because about every 3rd or 4th month the entire neighborhood was skunk smelling city. Getting hold of that bud was some fantastic times. It only happened right after harvest then dried up again for the 3 to 4 month wait. It was better than great weed yall. It was the best going around the area at the time.
Fast forward about 10 years later, after tech school, I started a little grow of my own. It was bag seed from some awesome mexican fluff I had purchased in Phoenix. In a QP I think I found a half dozen seeds or so (I don't recall exact details) and saved them. After I had taken a new job and got my first (way too big for me) apartment, I decided I was going to plant some seeds. From those seeds I grew 2 plants, finishing & harvesting one while the other continued growing. That first harvest I didn't even get to sample because I knew nothing about drying & curing buds and they molded in the jar. DOH! That second plant... I still wish I had that plant today. I knew nothing about making clones either. It was as potent and as tasty as anything I've had thus far.
IMO, Today's varieties are not any better than those of yesteryear. I believe we've maxed out potency and folks have realized that potency is not all the hype it's cut out to be. Now the aim is for terps, as well as potency.
The Old School cuts that have been around for 25+ years are definitely the bread & butter of the industry. More folks flock to those seed varieties than any others, from my point of view. Myself included. The fact of the matter is, Those cuts are proven. I think the real test comes down to:
Are the folks that are breeding with those Old cuts smoking the new new or are they consuming the 25+ year old nostalgic cultivars? the answer to this question should be the answer to the OPs question.