Just a few weeks back from Amsterdam:
Not much new on here too so got me 'Tangerine G-13' supposedly grown in Morocco. Soft, crumbly
and one of those 'grainy' ones you see often regarding this type of quality of foreing genetics in the last years ; darkish and still a pollen.
Sweetish yet stereotype 'sour' background
but pungent smell me also noticed a lot in recent years with those ones(not unpleasant at all but noticeably) ; lightly pressed if at all.
Costs you 14€ a gram and is a nice overall product taste- as well as highwise. Though had a lot of stuff
like this too yet(though rarely at home, haha)so not a standout but a lovely standard of quality it would be at least!
New stuff here hashwise? Not at all.
Though I noticed their flagship 'Moroc' since years(better: name tag)is now advertised as 'static edition'
so ''Tangerine G13 Static Edition' for a bargain of 20€ a gram it is still then.
Wanted to take a look but it was out so only blinked at 'Kosher Tangie Static' but all my senses got convinced so bought this for 13€ a gram.
Also a darker but barely pressed one coming with an interesting texture(crystallisation almost in full effect, gritty and whitish trichomes all over 'a blackish sea'[piece], lovely contrast).
If I remember right turnt into a very fine
powder when flufffing up.
Static technique indeed perhaps?
So another 'Tangerine BlahBlahBlah' which seems to be the new name tag of recent times but this one was a
delight, delicate and clear sweet taste of foreign genetics and a strong yet very strong body effect with enough 'headiness'.
Reccomended, third place real
closely behind the 2nd one when it comes to foreign genetics this trip!
were shown all their hashes here despite their 'Tidghine'(10€), which is new on the menu and obviously a traditional one.
'Zombie Kush' was tempting but ordered their 'Phantom Cookies', both supposedly from Morocco and 15€ a gram each.
One mate bought their 'Forbidden Fruit', allegedly too from the Rif for 16€ a gram.
Budtender pointed out all hashes shown were 'filtered' what ever that means but I noticed
while also had stuff like this before all my personal favs this trip were not as oily as others I had before
though still high quality and to some degree generally better than previous high quality ones.
That Phantom Cookies(first picture, see here
) surprised me sorta, goldish and dryish appeareance with a delightful, subtle smell.
The same tastewise but still lovely and coming with very heavy more stony effects after my liking.
Trichomes shining a bit when sunned.
Can't decide where to put this in my personal range at all but definitely
at least a special prize this trip.
While we're on it: best
hashish this trip is Forbidden Fruit(fifth picture, see here
) as even though not as strong as
the Phantom Cookies it is a tad better overall product with a focus on taste, really pronounced
but less primitevly 'in your face' as the one from Dampkring II above and others of that type, really fruity and strong enough still(more up I'd say).
Indeed had their 'Old School'(third picture, see here
) from Morocco in mind when visiting this time and it was again back on the menu(destiny? Coincedence? Delusion?). Since there was nothing else interesting on for me I bought it. Now it's 0,9g for 12,5€ but about four years back it was 1,1 for the same money.
Anyways, brownish-goldish piece smelt like an very earthy affair and so it was tastewise as well as hints of sweetness leaving a remarkably lovely flavour in one's mouth.
A bit harsh maybe but generally a high quality one.
Calming down the body with a relatively clear head high. Would be welcome any time
second best traditional this time I'd say, cheers!
Remember looking even at a fruity weed strain but declined. For sure got some 'Tropicana Cookies filtered'(second picture, see here
) supposedly grown in Morocco.
Very bright in the way of this new style of foreign genetics of recent years ; unpressed. Another very sweet one and this sourness(though for some reasons more balanced) and a pleasant delicate aroma again, quite an up high reminding me of my batch of eggs from this spring(foreign genetics ; Moroc )I currently consume mostly at home.
Despite being tasty and generally very good there is a slightly bad point to me as although it's too very strong it is one of those one dimensional highs, just saying
Another high quality product though here, 2nd place when it comes to foreign genetics this trip!
Greenhouse, Barney's, Bagheera, Kashmir Coffeeshop, Millenium
[see comment below], El Guapo, Siberie, De Kroon, Green Place, Flower Power, Kadinsky
and Coffeeshop 96
were visited too but couldn't serve what I was looking for. Bummer I missed out Original Dampkring
this time as despite being a very commercial place they offer sometimes rare stuff. I think I survived nonetheless and again there is always next time. For sure I'll keep an eye on that
Additional thoughts(retrospect&prospect coffeeshopwise):
since we went during more than halfway through Covid19-lockdown accross Europe it was very interesting to see this city(Note: don't
approach me on that pandemic for various reasons, again now it's press on regardless for all of us worldwide ; hope everyone is acting responsibly as we do this for sure no matter what others may think about it, period.).
Over the decades I visited a lot(three-digit range)and always considered it to be one of the busiest places when it comes to city centres of capitals I've experiencied first hand in Europe. Now places like Leidseplein and others were more or less dead as was the rest of the city centre ; let alone the anyway very boring and tourity red-light-district.
Pigeons were chasing a few people down Damrak due to virtually no people around even a few hundred meters and was pissing myself laughing even them depend on tourists but this isn't exclusive to Amsterdam of course as those filthy bastards do the same worldwide
Expected before to see lots of rip offs at coffeeshops beside the usual ones due to personal experience over the years.
Then the situation on site was a bit different: some shops, mainly in the centre, lowered their prices for a few euro and seemed to treat customers better. Not many new flavours on the menus especially hashwise and when talking to staff they mostly blamed it on the pandemic and 'lockdown situation' ; also some standard items/qualities disappeared from the menu.
Still pissing myself laughing about their reasoning as I think most of them saying so just use up their stash before they refill their stock and waiting for a change to order then as there are seemingly much less customers around(Note: I'm not saying they have big stocks all the time as it often just doesn't work like this with their illegal supply but this is no subject here.) .
Also they opened later and so on. Even some generally well respected places we talked to in the centre reported they lost up to 80% of their customers so even them are depending on tourists a lot if those figures are true anyway(always take stuff from businessmen with a sack of salt as especially trade itsself no matter what goods has a seedy side); while I knew many Dutchies consuming long enough have switched to private sources mainly as we did ages ago too I still was a bit surprised even such places depend so much on tourists
Dutchies are historically traders, right(Rotterdam among other stuff, anyone?)? So they know how to sell and handle markets.
While others expectedly said they have no problem obtaining supplies and this is also my opinon as stated before the pandemic really kicked off in Europe ; drugs in general are such an essential market very unlikely
to suddenly disappear, very big money as well.
Especially regarding mid-grades and all that which is a good part of the(ir) business ; high grades on the other hand seem to work a bit differently but has to do with demand and not this pandemic at all, it always was harder to get.
At home I still get the usual mid-grades(just this week got offered some relatively interesting Whatever Kush from Morocco) and it is still difficult to get proper high grade so as I said before if one's area has an average turnover not enough time has passed to notice supply problems if this happens anyway at one time.
While we're on it I have to
name and shame a certain shithole here: one mate wanted to visit Kashmir Coffeeshop
and as a compromise another mate and myself wanted to go to Millenium
situated in the same area. Not that I'm too keen visiting this place as their gear never was special in the past but you never know about changes in a positive way.
We all entered before going to Kashmir
and approached the guy(manager? Owner? Sorta had this impression.) at the counter. My mate noticed prices for hashish seemed to have risen as their 'Diamond' used to be 10€ a gram in very recent years but now was 2€ more expensive. Politely asked if it's better quality to be then told 'no, it's not it's the same'. Why more expensive then? Answer: 'Because of the crisis'. Supply problems? Answer: 'No, no
problems with that it's about the crisis.'(with a big smile on his face). So you exploit that situation? This was confirmed again with a smile while showing us his standard commercial high grade which is still nice enough but not worth the extra money. Needless to say we said our part and just left. Keep in mind that this is a shop outside of the city centre probably more depending on locals. End of millenium interlude.
of whom people work in this 'industry' ; I really appreciate his honesty though! Nothing new to me personally due to again extended experience with coffeeshops
and there are roughly two groups of people owning coffeeshops: ex-cons or active criminals treating the average customer like a junkie no matter how polite you approach them and straight business men acting
as they would not to ; so still a pool of very dubious people.
Both types are of course only in it for the money which would be okay of course
but they're not at all interested in legalisation as they know they would be flushed down the loo by big legal players(they are a similar problem but quality and customer's rights would be just much better compared to now). Black and white thinking? Something inbetween? Rarely experiencied! Which means adjusting prices depending on current quality of batches, quality check as far as this is possible in this dutch grey area lawise(they theoretically can sell cut gear and get away with it as it is only tolerated), general respect and not playing name games ; they are well aware of their 'exclusive' market position. So again where is the difference to some random dealer on the black market?
Due to anti-tobacco-laws coming to full effect this year which I heard of already in 2019(coffeeshops might turn into pick-up-only places due to customers not being allowed to smoke on the premises) and this pandemic I can imagine a good bunch will not return to business as usual with people sitting in the shops, let alone if they don't find a grey area to avoid this law(which would be typically Dutch pragmatism again). Just saying as we spent some of the time of this overnighter at Vondel- and Rembrandtpark due to not being allowed to consume on site. Luckywise a mate of a mate brought us there due to legal errands and we could stay at his circle this time on lucky occassion so that was handy for consumption, too ; just couldn't resist this offer.
Not thtat I'm too keen sitting in an average coffeeshop mostly uninspiredly designed for 'buy, order a drink, consume fast and get the hell out of here'. Some quite touristy ones in centres are more focussed on your stay to ripp you off with very overpriced beverages and still can deliver a comfortable and inviting atmosphere though.
Saying all that and despite all critizm regarding their outdated grey area approach and often miserable gear(especially buds)it's a bummer this coffeeshop culture of 'consuming together in public' is going down the drain as especially outside of centres of random dutch towns most people only pick-up and leave anyway.
Also the few new ones opened or the ones got taken over in the last years nationwide are often take-away-places as well
Another sign of times though as it seems this society in general is becoming an indoor thingie in front of what ever screen.
Speculation to some degree all here of course but time will tell.
my two cents.