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Black Tie Blueberry Pie #7 (8.8)
Black Tie Candyland (8.2)
Blueberry Pie #7 Hemp Flower, Indica, 18.46% CBD, .23% delta 9 THC
Black Tie isn’t the biggest name in the CBD flower game yet, but they’re certainly ahead of most of the pack. That is evident on a quick tour of their website. They have a TON of CBD products for sale. Basically, well…everything! The website is well organized and chock full of detailed descriptions of their flower, which we appreciate. As with any company going through growing pains, there are certainly some detractors in the CBD flower forums. But, we try to focus on the quality of the product and not get into the ‘he said, she said’ politics of it all. I must say, we were blown away by the reviewer pack we received. Chock full of goodies and we had a completely professional and pleasant experience from end-to-end. We were more than excited to give our first strain a try – Blueberry Pie #7.
Bag Appeal (8.0 out of 10)
These aren’t the prettiest nuggets on the planet. Not bad, just not going to win any beauty contests. What the flower lacks in terms of consistent shape and fullness, it makes up for in content. Our Blueberry Pie buds were a medium green with amber pistils poking out everywhere. Oh yeah, and it is absolutely glistening with crystals. Nice! One of the characteristics of this flower that stood out to us the most was the density. Even though the nuggets aren’t plump, they are incredibly dense. Basically, these are the exact opposite of Tweedle Farms CBG flower. That density, as a bonus, translates into big clouds well into your session. The cure on this flower was just a touch dry for us, but not too far off. We were happy to overlook some of the small drawbacks here given the smell and taste.
User Experience (9.5 out of 10)
Our eighth of Blueberry Pie arrived in a clear glass jar affixed with a detailed label of the contents, as well as a QR code to scan for the Certificate of Analysis. Nice! Upon unwinding the top, our reviewer’s nose was greeted with a pungent, earthy, sweet scent. Let’s skip forward, though, to the part where Blueberry Pie hits the grinder. That is when this flower comes alive. We kid you not, when ground, this smells like a damn Blueberry Pie! We had to walk away and come back for two or three additional confirmation sniffs. Not once have we had a strain match it’s name in this way – not even Blueberry strains from other vendors. Wow, what a great start. As you might guess, the smell translated into a unique smoke. With each hit, our reviewer felt as though new tastes were emerging. The mostly-mellow smoke left a taste akin to a Swisher Sweet on the lips. We knocked off half a point for this smoke being a bit harsh, but honestly, it doesn’t matter. The smell and taste are worth it.
Potency (8.0 out of 10)
Black Tie Blueberry Pie clocks in at 18.46% CBD content, which puts this strain on the middle-upper end of the spectrum of CBD potency. On Black Tie’s website, consumers tout the flower for it’s indica-leaning effects. When it comes to THC percentage, Blueberry Pie comes in at .23% delta 9. That’s a lot closer to the .3% limit than not, basically matching Legals Sour Candy which bills itself as “Max THC” (for CBD flower, anyways). Depending on what you’re seeking, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Per usual, our view is that the terpenes matter a lot more than the THC content. A number of CBD flower companies do not publish their terpene profiles, so we have to give credit to Black Tie for publishing theirs. This strain has 1.62% total terpenes, with beta Caryophyllene as the most dominant terpene, followed by Nerolidol, Bisabolol, Humulene and Myrcene. Some flowers can land upwards of 3% total terpenes, but BP#7 levels are still respectable.
Effect (9.5 out of 10)
Nearly perfect! We don’t hand out scores like this too often when it comes to effect. This one, though, is an absolute winner and easily in our top 3 experiences thus far. For starters, the onset is nearly instant. After a few puffs, a slight brain haze set in. Don’t worry, it mellows out after 10 minutes or so. But, this flower definitely lets you know it’s working from the jump. In short order, we had a great muscle chill throughout most of our body reminiscent of Berkshire CBD’s Remedy strain. Most importantly, this flower put a big smile on our reviewer’s face. Not just content or relaxed, but actually delivered happiness. Awesome! After our session finished, there were a few notable things worth mentioning. First, this effect comes in waves, which is a pretty great sensation. What doesn’t come in waves is the sedation. We went from wide awake to eyes drooping and ready for bed in no time flat. This is an evening strain that gave us one of the best nights of sleep, and best mornings, in a long while. Why no perfect 10, then? We just wished the effect lasted a tad bit longer. Don’t worry, though, we’ll be coming back for more.
Price (9.0 out of 10)
We’ve run a little long describing all the amazing qualities of Blueberry Pie #7 so we’re going to keep the pricing section concise. Short answer – just buy this flower and you won’t regret it. That is, if you can find it in stock. We believe this will run you roughly $25 for an eighth, $40 for 1/4, $65 for a 1/2 and $95 for an ounce. But, at the time of writing, Black Tie is sold out of so many sizes, we’re not 100% sure. Assuming we’re right, that means you’re getting CBD anywhere from 3.8 cents per milligram on the high end (eighth) to 1.8 cents on the low end (ounce). Wow! This is on the low end of CBD flower pricing, making this an absolute steal for the quality. Do yourself a favor and keep Blueberry Pie #7 stocked at all times. We will be.
2nd Highest Rated
Black Tie Candyland, Sativa, 16.56% CBD, .22% total THC
As the hemp market evolves, companies are in the process of establishing their brand image. Some are going for the wholesome family feel, while others are going for the organic, ultra-healthy angle. Black Tie Hemp is definitely setting their sights on the upscale, professional vibe. From the website to the packaging to the labeling, one gets an Apple-Store-esque feel. As we’ve previously mentioned, Black Tie’s rise in the market is not without a little bit controversy. There were some initial concerns in the hemp community around product transparency. However, we are here to gauge the flower and have chalked those concerns up to general growing pains in a new market.
Bag Appeal (8.5 out of 10)
There is a distinct lemon-citrus smell of essential oils that we most often associate with many brands of household cleaning products – in a good, fresh way. Candyland smells like, similar to Cheef Botanicals’ Hawaiian Haze. It is the scent of pinecones in the forest. The smell is “loud,” but doesn’t have that diesel gas smell that most people think of when they hear the term. We can definitely see it being named Candyland after a lemon candy. Perhaps the breeder loves Lemon Drops? After appreciating the smell, we pulled out some of the nuggets to judge the visual appeal and we were impressed. This stuff looks high quality. It has an above average coating of trichomes, which lead to a sticky experience when breaking it down. The flower has a mix of medium and light green tones to it, with a pretty good trim job. We could tell the larger nugs definitely got more attention, as some of the smaller ones had some sugar leaf left on. Overall, a pretty solid bag appeal on this flower, from the smell to the looks.
User Experience (9.0 out of 10)
The smoke started off sweet and citrusy on the inhale and left a gassy taste in the back of the mouth afterwards. It was quite pleasant. Compared to most hemp flower that has a “standard” hemp taste when combusted, this was surprisingly yummy. The more we smoked it, we agreed that the name Candyland is very appropriate. Since the smoke is light and mellow, it’s not hard to get in there and really experience the flavors of the terpenes with minimal throat burn. It was easy to take long, deep hits and really hone in on the different notes it carried. Vaping Candyland was equally light and easy to inhale, although the flavor went from a sweet citrus to a more of a sweet hops. The flower vapor maintained the bright, sweet tones of smoking, but had a kind of “funk” to it.
Potency (8.0 out of 10)
Thankfully, Black Tie provides an entire lab report on the Candyland product page. We always implore every vendor to do this. Candyland comes in at 16.56% CBD, a respectful amount, and .22% total THC. The THC level is relatively low, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Users that are particularly THC sensitive find great interest in strains like these. There is also nearly 1% CBG, which is relatively high and adds to the goodness of this strain. Typically, you’d have to mix in a CBG-specific strain, such as Tweedle Farms’ CBG, to get that aspect. Along with the full lab report, there is a VERY appreciated terpene report on the Black Tie Candyland product page. We love when vendors provide that information, as it allows us to identify exactly what terpenes are present and buyers to guesstimate the kinds of entourage effects it might have. Candyland is very high in Caryophyllene and Myrcene and has adequate amounts of Humulene, Pinene, Bisabalol, and Nerolidol.
Effect (7.5 out of 10)
The effects of this flower hit fast- almost instantly. Seconds after taking a few hits, our reviewers found themselves cracking their backs, which is a good thing in our view. That aspect of the flower was surprising, as we were expecting strictly sativa effects. A slight chill fell over the body and a light head fog set in for the cerebral effects. Unfortunately, the effect did not strengthen much beyond this further into, or after, our session. It was an energetic and focused buzz overall, with no overpowering qualities. While we thoroughly enjoyed our session, longer lasting sativa effects are available in other flowers.
Price (8.0 out of 10)
While this is nice flower, it is priced ($25/8th) the same as indoor from other vendors, such as Hemp Hop. In some cases, that’s fine, – see our Blueberry Pie #7 review from Black Tie – but we didn’t find that Candyland rose to quite the same level of experience to warrant the price. They have “minis,” or smalls, priced more accordingly at $65 an oz. for those of you looking for this effect without the premium. As we see more and more indoor, and hydroponically grown, flower come onto the scene, outdoor flower prices probably won’t continue to command the premiums we have seen in the early days of the smokable hemp world. Outdoor flower hasn’t reached the level of quality that high THC flower has and there should be a clear distinction price, in our view. At $25 an eighth, we don’t think anyone will be disappointed with a Candyland purchase, as there wasn’t anything bad to say about it. We just feel that, for this strain in particular, Black Tie might need to bring down the price point over time.