Strain review: Sour Diesel 

click to enlarge Sativa-dominant Sour Diesel is stinky but subtle. - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • Sativa-dominant Sour Diesel is stinky but subtle.
If this were an astrology column instead of a weed review, it would start with some Rob Brezsnyism about old things becoming new and rediscovering old favorites. But this is a weed review, and so I’ll avoid that while still remarking on the fact that, though we have reviewed a number of strains that derive from Sour D, as it is also often called, we haven’t reviewed Sour D itself.

When I talked to Evergreen/Pueblo-based farmer Steve Herin (full disclosure: He says I sold him his first bag of good weed back in something like, 1991 — I don’t remember it though we did lose touch until I interviewed him about growing) he stressed the extent to which what is interesting about weed at the moment is olfactory.

He likened it to aromatherapy. There is essentially max THC and max CBD so it is the terpenes — the chemical compound that causes a plant’s taste and smell — that account for the difference between strains.

That idea is epitomized by Skunk #1 — once one of the most common varieties in the world and now a rarity that is not readily available anymore — and Sour Diesel. Both are designated by analogous, and incredibly apt, associations. Skunk really smells like a skunk, but in a nice way, and sour diesel smells both sour and diesel.

Getting some Sour D for the first time in ages, I was blown away by how much I remembered that smell. It wasn’t quite Proustian, but the intense recollection of the unmistakable odor carried me through the weekend. And it tasted spectacular through a vaporizer, pungent but without the combustion. For all of the big bursting smell, the flavor is subtle. The high is a euphoric rush of awareness. It is great weed to focus on a single task, whether scrubbing dishes or writing a treatise on some obscure topic. It makes me contemplative and upbeat, despite the insanity of the world.

Strength: 7
Nose: A lemon in a diesel exhaust pipe
Euphoria: 9
Existential dread: 1
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 3
Drink pairing: Dieselpunk Double IPA
Music pairing: Commander Cody’s “Mama Hated Diesels”
Rating: 9


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