Squid Pants here with the second offering I was sent by VCC; Mango Mac. As with my last review I will note I was sent these as professional samples so I have no statistical information about the contents, nor did I pay for this. Further, neither this site as a whole nor any individual contributors were paid to produce this review.
Ok, disclaimers are out of the way, let's see how this cannabis measures up.
Mango Mac is a cross of Mango from KC Brains and AMG Haze (which is almost definitely Amazing Haze). The story here is we have a lot of old school Dutch genetics represented in a pretty unique combination.
If however you are looking for Miracle Alien Cookies in there, there is none. My point of contact at VCC says that the cut was already present and named when they started at the facility so we don’t get a full explanation of why the name was chosen, nor who exactly made this cross. A little bit of mystery is fun is how I’m spinning that fact.
Same caveat as with the Pomelo Skunk from the same producer, the buds sent to me were individually selected and may not represent what’s inside a given retail bag.
Buds are khaki that’s obscured by dense trichome coverage with bright orange stigmas. An exceptional trim highlights the uneven morphology; buds are bumpy, slightly elongated and come to a point reminiscent of a tall and narrow evergreen.
Nerfy in a good way, squeezing gives good return. Humidity was ideal and grinding felt really satisfying, which I appreciate.
Scent and Taste
Scent out of the bag is varnish, caramel, lemon, a hint of mango and a whisper of pine. Upon grinding the profile shifts, mango starts to overpower the lemon & caramel and a general fruitiness comes out. The varnish goes and is replaced by gasoline, which truly dominates the profile.
Taste in the Volcano is green mango with peppery undertones and an almost cinnamon like heat. The fuel that dominated the scent is missing from the taste here. Fruity sweetness is the dominant narrative, but pronunciation is a bit more subdued than the intensity of the scent implied. Unfortunately when vaping the flavour did fade somewhat quickly, unlike the Pomelo Skunk where the taste just kept going and going.
Smoked, the tastes are a bit muted but the fuel is detectable, pine and caramel raise their heads just a little while green mango plays a central role. Combustion products do not occlude the tastes until quite far into the joint.
This cannabis is quite good on all fronts; looks and feel are solid, combustion is clean and flavour is dynamic, especially in the Volcano. The scent is strong both before and after grinding and the taste is quite pleasant no matter the method of ingesting.
Tastes are, in all methods of ingestion, a bit weaker than I would have hoped, and in the Volcano also shorter lived than I would have liked. Further on a personal taste note I would have liked the mango tastes to be more central. It’s not that I didn’t like what I was sensing, I was quite pleased, it’s that I wanted a slightly different balance and more projection.
Since we are talking subjectively I think the name could be confusing to some consumers, but that doesn’t change any material facts. Still it impacted my opinion so I note it here.
We’ve all had something where we really liked it, felt we got value for money but liked it enough that we really wish we just had more of it. That’s what I feel here, if I had bought this and even paid a bit of a premium I would have felt satisfied I got my money’s worth but also would have thought it would be even better if the taste was a bit stronger. Overall this is very worth a look if you get the chance.