Cali Kosher Bacio (aka Bacio Gelato or Gelato 41) is a cult favorite phenotype of the original beloved Gelato strain, both created by world-renowned California breeder Mr.Sherbinski (aka Mario Guzman) as a crossing of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet (also a Guzman creation).
Despite all the parenthetical nuances, this hybrid remix has maintained a solid reputation as a fairly straight forward upgrade on a deservedly popular modern classic. The effects of the breed have been reported by users to be evenly-balanced and are noted as exceptionally beneficial for the treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.
The particular version of this strain that I sampled here was produced by Cali Kosher, a fully-integrated California cannabis brand based out of Patterson, in the heart of the Central Valley, whose passionate work in the industry shows the high value they place on making sure as much of that heart as possible goes right back into their products.
The immediate odor was both sweet and sweaty, giving off bright berry tones underscored by the definite chemical edge of the Widow roots. When broken apart, there was a zesty heartiness added to the mix Opening up this brightly adorned little package gave off a striking odor that was both sharp and sour, but also surprisingly sweet and creamy. There was a definite musk tossed in underneath the sweetness, with deep leathery tones and a heavy herbal backing that carried earthy notes of grassy pine and menthol, as well as light touches of orange rind and vanilla. Altogether, this smelled like good weed and came across as fairly bright, pleasant, and somewhat sophisticated, though admittedly not quite as attention-grabbing as anticipated.
The buds were larger and chunkier than expected while also noticeably bright and colorful. They were crawling with huge interwoven layers of light burnt-orange hairs climbing out of the crevices. They were a tiny bit leafy, with some slight shag around the edges, but had lovely intermittent glazed patches of resin crystals spotted around the surface that gave them a mostly shiny appearance and left the fingers lightly sticky after breaking apart. There was a very mild crunchiness from being a tiny bit dry, but overall the nugs looked fairly attractive and lively.
The taste profile was a bit muted in comparison to the scent, having a dominant amount of the earthy and herbal tones, but noticeably less of the bright and fruity components. There was still a bit of the sour creaminess that came through, also carrying touches of pine and menthol, with enough of the sweet gelato influence to certainly recognize the relation. The ultimate flavor was decently solid and enjoyable enough, but as noted with the smell, in the end it was just a little less outstanding than I had hoped it would be.
The batch was marked as B100421 with a packaging date of August 1, 2022. Plus it had 30.65% THC content and only cost $20 for 5 grams. Gelato is quite well-known for its smooth, relaxing high, and this version was definitely no exception. The initial onset was rather mellow and calming, leaving me with a mild euphoric buzz throughout the body that slowly melted away the stress, ultimately accompanied by an obvious increase in appetite and a largely sedative end result. It took a couple bowls to get an extreme lift from this weed, but I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of the high when compared to most products in the same price range. Ultimately, the enjoyment of this product definitely outweighed the cost of the bag, and I would say their bud was certainly more than kosher, especially if you’re hunting for a bargain strain.