I'll be the Judge of that - Shapeshifter
Peace ya'll, its your resident trich hunter Judge back at it with another strain review! I took a break last week to enjoy the holiday with the family, but we're right back in it this week with a sexy little indica dominant hybrid, Shapeshifter (Old Man's Purp X Malawi X Northern Lights Haze X Memory Loss). I'm a sucker for purps, let's see if she's got that funk!
Her bag appeal is a mixed bag, so to speak; gorgeous purples laid over a hunter green backdrop. She's frosty, with lush dense buds, but her aroma is pretty subdued. Light candy notes, slightly floral with a hint of citrus. I just wish it hit you as hard as the visuals do, cuz she is certainly a looker. Once you crack open a nug, her scent really ramps up, there's an earthy grape funk coming off her that is intoxicating! That's what I was looking for! Her buds have a great squeeze, the density really shows through with a decent bounce back.
On the macro level she's no slouch, there's a treasure trove of milky trichs nearly everywhere you look. Her purp genetics are very face forward, her structure is incredible. Her manicure was handled well, you can tell that she was given plenty of affection throughout her life cycle. On the break up she is delightful, there is a certain airiness to her (in a good way!) despite the blatantly dense form, and her terpene profile had me inhaling deeply with my eyes closed and a sublime grin across my mug on several occasions. Let's get her roastin'!
She's got a smooth hit; hints of cream and grape. There's a sweetness to her finish, it's extremely subtle but reminds me of a grape jolly rancher. Every so often her finish is more soil than sweet, very interesting flavor profile! She's very mellow on the lungs but she comes on quick, with an almost immediate heaviness on the eyelids. Her indica dominant side shows through in full force, with a calming sedating effect, she's probably not the best strain for early to mid day. She's great for pain management and forgetting where you left your keys though!
Overall, Shapeshifter was a treat to burn; big beautiful purple and green nugs packing a mellow yet infectious scent and a vicious left hook of a buzz. I do wish her aroma was more pungent before the break up but it's a minor gripe. Man, I love me some purps, but they aren't for everyone, I know. As always, your mileage may vary, but I give her a solid 3.7 out of 5 blunts.
- Judge The Disciple