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Strain review: Querkle 

click to enlarge Querkle provides a relaxed sense of focus; you may almost enjoy arduous tasks. - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • Querkle provides a relaxed sense of focus; you may almost enjoy arduous tasks.
Paying too much attention to a bud’s beauty is a fool’s errand, somewhat akin to focusing on the way a guitar looks. Some of the most pleasant and potent strains are embodied in ugly little buds. But flowers are beautiful and it is equally stupid, and sadly utilitarian, to ignore their appearance altogether. That being said, Querkle, a potent combo of Purple Urkle and Space Queen, has beautiful, thick and tight buds, crusted with crystals and wrapped in leaves of such a deeply purple hue that they could have written “Highway Star.”

The aesthetic pleasures continue through the other senses as the deep pine and berry odor transfers into a heavier, almost whiskey-infused flavor when you add fire. Despite all that, I was really not expecting to like this strain as much as I do. So many Indica-dominant hybrids — this is 80-20 — are of the couch-lock variety and so many Sativas are so speedy you hardly really feel high, that Querkle hit me like a revelation when it proved itself an ideal strain for performing a task you find both difficult (requiring concentration) and stressful or odious enough that you want inebriation.

I discovered this as I tried to put together an elaborate, midcentury modern coffee table that my wife had delivered. It is not IKEA but it follows an even more cryptic version of the same style of directions as that furniture giant’s. I had a big pile of wood and a pane of glass plus a bunch of screws and bolts accompanied by a couple pieces of paper with pictures akin to the rebus puzzles you find on the inside of some old-school beer bottlecaps.
I smoked a bowl of Querkle and found, to my astonishment, that I was almost enjoying myself — almost — as I waded through the pile of materials and, with relatively minimal cursing, emerged two or so hours later with a new coffee table. I was completely absorbed in the task and relaxed about it — like playing pool after the second beer but before the third one.

Then, the next day, I smoked another big bowl and went out to eat some Mexican food. The huitlacoche quesadilla, the steaming sopa, and the ice-cold beer I had with it, were all exceptional, and only partly on account of the restaurant. I left, still ravenous. But not just for food. Rather, though it sounds pretentious, I am aware, I was hungry for the world.

The other really nice thing about this strain is that it doesn’t have a noticeable comedown. Even after all of the food and the mid-day beer and a general feeling of celebratory excess, I went about the rest of my day with a sustained feeling of contentment that didn’t drift into lethargy.

I’d only intended to buy a gram of Querkle, but due to a misunderstanding with the budtender, I ended up with an eighth. At first, I was a bit bummed that I’d slipped up (I bought other products and didn’t pay attention to the price as well as I should have). Usually, you don’t need more than a gram of some mediocre strain to get a sense of it. But now I find myself delighted to have a couple extra grams of Querkle to enjoy.

Strength: 8
Nose: Pine, berries, alcohol
Euphoria: 7
Existential dread: 3
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 2
Drink pairing: Cold water
Music pairing: “Child in Time,” Deep Purple
Rating: 9

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