Last year I tried out many Broken Coast strains, including Galiano, Ruxton, and Quadra. It’s been a while, so I decided to try something that recently appeared at SQDC. The actual strain is Pie in the Sky, but Broken Coast called it Denman after the Denman Island in British Colombia.
It’s a Sativa-dominant strain that packs between 16% and 22% THC; this specific batch had 19.7% THC and an inconsiderable amount of CBD. This wasn’t exactly up to par with the high-quality Broken Coast flower that I tried out early last year, but it was still above average. Below is a detailed breakdown.
Terpene Profile: Caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene, linalol and humulene
Packaging Details: Packaged on 10/19/2020 and tested/reviewed on 01/02/2020, exactly 75 days after. Lot# 2620116820
Pricing Details: Purchased 3.5 grams for $46.30 at the SQDC in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ($13.23/gram)
Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m paying anything over $12/gram for flower I expect something that’s at least very good (because perfection is pretty hard to find).
The reason for the below-average score is simple, and it starts even before the actual visuals, if that makes any sense; It was too dry and underweight! That’s not right when it comes to moisture content, the RH in the container was at 50%, and the weight was at 3.42 grams.
Also, unlike other Broken Coast products I’ve tried, which usually had 2-3 big sticky nugs squished together in their small containers, this one had 7 nugs in there, 1 big and 6 mediums ones. The visuals themselves are nice, textured light green buds with lots of orange pistils and purple calyxes covered in a sheet of amber trichomes.
I feel like the low RH%, and the dryness contributed to the muted smell initially. There were hints of citrus pie, but they were minimal; I decided that it was worth reviving the terps with a boveda pack for 24 hours.
The smell did become stronger, and I completely understand why they named this strain this way, but I would love to have enjoyed this aroma right from the beginning. When milled, the caryophyllene seems to come out a little more as peppery notes start to flow around the nostrils.
The flavor was similar to the aroma, and there was a significant difference after bringing up the moisture content with the boveda pack. It was muted when it was too dry.
The sweet citrusy flavor came out on the inhale, with hints of pepper left on the palate on the exhale. Unfortunately, this was not the smoothest smoke, as there was a lot of coughing involved.
This was my favorite aspect when it comes to this Denman strain review, and I loved it. You get this energizing feeling, and it’s perfect if you want to focus on something; this is a very good daytime strain. It’s a Sativa type of high that will not get you glued to the couch. If you got a busy day ahead, this “Pie in the Sky” is excellent.
Although I’m used to giving a higher overall score when it comes to Broken Coast products, I still think this came out to be slightly above average, and I would recommend this to both everyday users and beginners.
I’d give this another chance in the future, but when it comes to flower that cost more than $12/gram, it needs to be close to perfection. This isn’t a regular purchase; it’s a splurge, and a consumer should feel that.
If you’ve tried some Denman, let me know what you think in the comments below.