On Judging at The Secret Session Cannabis Cup 2021

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It is great to see that lockdowns and COVID have not ruined all the fun this year – cannabis cups (at least those based in the UK) seem to have come off reasonably unscathed.

Over the past few weeks, I have been a judge for the indoor flowers category for The Secret Session Cannabis Cup.

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Cannabis cups are industry-focused contests to find the best cannabis strains and products. Contenders find themselves up against some incredibly stiff competition, and the winners take home bragging rights (plus a trophy and usually some fabulous prizes to boot).

If you missed my previous article in this series focussing on The Extractor’s Cup 2021 (where I judged Solvent + Solventless), you can learn all about that in this video, or read the results in the article written for this website.

The Secret Session Cannabis Cup has been in operation for a number of years. It was launched as an expansion to a successful canna events brand, and now boasts several categories, including Indoor (the one I judged), Breeder’s Choice, Pre-Rolls and CBD.

Let’s take a look at the Indoor Flowers category…

I was impressed with the presentation. The samples came in a fully branded box, and no expenses seemed spared to create the initial moment of joy for judges to take in what they have in store.

Inside my box, I found 15 samples in individual jars, with numbers on each. There was no indication of what each sample was, which was important to ensure judges remain objective.

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The Secret Session team handily included a rolling kit (tray, grinder, papers), so even though I picked this up on the move, I could get started judging straight away.

I wanted to give every sample a fair and comparable analysis, so I opted to consume each of them in the same way. First, I would judge the sample for appearance and smell, and then I would grind the whole thing up and roll it into a pure joint (no first-hand tobacco smoke enters these lungs).

The result was 15 well-packed joints, varying degrees of flavour and more terpene profiles than I can shake a stick at!

Of course, like any cannabis cup, there were some good and some not-so-good samples, with varying levels of appearance, aroma, taste, effects and burn quality throughout the contest.

But entry quality was fairly high – I think there were only 2 or 3 joints that I didn’t want to finish – out of 15, which isn’t bad at all. Most scored highly, and two or three strains stuck out for distinguishability. I wouldn’t be surprised if these samples end up scoring highly or winning the whole thing.

I cannot say for sure what cultivars I tried or who grew them. But I can say that I had a great time judging some good quality indoor flowers in the indoor category for this contest.

The winners will be announced for each category this weekend at Product Earth, and I look forward to seeing who entered what (and what comes out on top) in all the categories of this year’s Secret Session Cannabis Cup.

Entries Gallery (Indoor Category)