Biscotti Mintz Grow Report

Biscotti Mintz was the fourth variety The Doc grew when did a run with Barney’s Farm West Coast strains only. About its parents, Biscotti and Mintz, Barney’s says they’re “two of the USA’s premium and most elusive strains”. Such statements of rarity always get The Doc fired up, and Barney’s assertion it’s a “plant with trichome production off the scale” added to the fascination of course…

Another eye-catching feature of this strain is its dazzling colourfulness – at maturity, leaves are displaying a beautiful array of red, orange, purple, green and yellow. This extraordinariness continues into the flavour, a terpene content high in limonene, caryophyllene and eucalyptol leads to a spectactular feast of aromas characterised by spicy Kush notes fused with chocolate chip cookies and creamy mint.

The description of effect sounds quite unusual for a plant with 80% indica dominance, with Biscotti Mintz delivering a turn physically energising and mentally clear and focused – a way of effect generally ascribed to sativa or sativa dominant varieties.

It’s accompanied by relaxation also though, so not completely lacking an effect typical of indica. Like many other Barney’s strains, Biscotti Mintz doesn’t need more than 8-9 weeks of flowering to fully ripen and boasts a yield potential of 600-650 grams per sqm. ranging in the above-average department.

In sunny regions, outdoor cultivators can even look forward to yields of up to 1.5 kilos per plant if optimally grown, with a harvest window of as early as in the first to second week of October. Outside the usual height measure of the plants is about two metres, whereas 80-90 cm are a standard indoors.

A fully indica style growth habit, absolutely identical

Almost needless to say also those two Barney’s Farm seeds sown by The Doc went through germination with ease, he saw the seedlings standing upright above the ground after three days already.

In the veg stage they exhibited a fully indica style growth habit then by becoming very dense and bushy, with a lot of branching propensity. In doing so, the two turned out to be absolutely identical – same height, same width. At the time The Doc moved them into blooming by reducing the daily light cycle to 12/12, the two Biscotti Mintz plants stood 33 cm tall.

Kaleidoscope-like varied colours, stupendous resin incrustations and a delish mango flavour

In view of that strain description sounding particularly sensational, The Doc was utterly curious about Biscotti Mintz’ blooming performance. After two weeks – flowering had noticeably begun – he noted that bud formation in the branch tips went along with red leaf colouration – “now they’re getting that announced play of colours started”, The Doc rejoiced.

It took him by surprise that the two plants revealed a strong stretching temper now, clearly more than doubling their height in the first half of flowering. Indeed, he witnessed the rise of a kaleidoscope-like festival of varied colours, Barney’s really hadn’t exaggerated: at the end of flowering, the buds were ablaze with colour, shining so gorgeously red, yellow, orange and purple that The Doc, as fascinated as he was, almost couldn’t avert his eyes from them.

Also because that glorious colour spectacle further escalated through an insanely abundant trichome blanket, as enthusiastically reported by The Doc: “One has to speak of resin incrustations, so overly generous is the frosting of trichomes, looking as if the buds had been exposed to a trichome shower, with those silvery crystals dramatically piling up.

A truly breath-taking sight!” Also in terms of volume, the Biscotti Mintz buds excelled, in the end having grown into fat chubby rock-hard flower heads looking like pure indica.

Last but not least, The Doc was by besotted by the buds’ scent, too – it was much sweeter than expected, pretty exotic and very fruity, providing a delish mango note to The Doc’s nose that was only slightly underpinned by some Kush spiciness. “Jeeez I’m extremely keen to taste and feel Biscotti Mintz, but that will to have a wait a few weeks, so I gotta be very patient”, he said when he harvested his two plants (that had eventually reached 75 and 82.5 cm tall) after timely 59 and 62 days.

Post-drying result: Chunky mango buds spreading hefty aroma clouds

In dried state then, the chunky and massively resin-encrusted Biscotti Mintz buds were most bewitching to look at.

Stately yields of 97 and 108 grams went into The Doc’s big storage jars, and when he opened them again the next day, he got engulfed in hefty aroma clouds enthralling his nose with a sweet mango flavour that was even more pronounced and smoother now, that Kush piquancy, already little before, had moved further into the background.

“But if it had totally disappeared, unknowing and blindfolded one may have difficulties in identifying this odour as cannabis!”, he marvelled and added, “well, Biscotti Mintz obviously also has a mango pheno…”

The sampling session: A luxury taste followed by a blissful sensation

When his Mighty+ Vaporizer was ready to go, filled with half a gram of Biscotti Mintz, the big moment had finally come. The flavour inhaled with the first toke really was a revelation to The Doc: “What an indulging treat to the palate it is! That sweet exotic mango aroma fully translates to the taste also, deliciously covering my whole mouth cavity.

In the aftertaste then, that spicy Kush note becomes noticeable as well, bringing a special twist to that fruity sensation. So damn tasty I’d like to suck on my vaporizer all day long… And while he indulged in this luxury taste, Biscotti Mintz began to play a second ace: After three drafts, The Doc felt a warm exhilarating wave of blissfulness surging inside of him, Biscotti Mintz rang the bell in his head, announcing a way of effect which, clear and focused, spurred his mind, at the same time providing a nicely chilled feeling of being well-balanced, indeed.

Also, he didn’t have a heavy body feeling at all, what he noticed on a physical level though was that his right triceps had stopped to twitch at last! It was an intense turn full of relaxing bliss that lasted more than two hours.

The Doc‘s verdict 

“With this fabulous strain, Barney’s Farm has once again excelled itself! Across all departments, nothing else than brilliance, amazement and elation. Lemon Tree recently had become my personal BF favourite #1, but with this awesome ace performance, Biscotti Mintz has drawn level with it, this spectacular showpiece of a plant shares the BF throne with Lemon Tree now.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Green Born Identity – G.B.I.

Cultivation data:

GeneticsBiscotti Mintz (Biscotti x Mintz)
Vegetative stagefour weeks (after germination)
Flowering stage59 and 62 days / 56-63 days in general
MediumBionova Bio Soilmix, 11 litre pots
EC1.2–1.8 mS
Lightup to 5x SANlight EVO 5-100 = 1600 watts
Air humidity40-60%
FertilisationBionova Soil Supermix, plus PK 13-14 in the flowering stage
Additives/stimulantsBionova Silution, The Missing Link, Vitasol and X-cel
ToolsCleanLight Pro for mould prevention
Height75 + 72.5 cm
Yield97 + 108 g

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