A new show debuting quickly on HTTV is introducing viewers to some of the judges who determine the winners at Higher Instances Cannabis Cup competitions. The new video series, Meet the Judges, launches this week with episodes shot at the Michigan Cannabis Cup held in June.

The new show breaks the lengthy-standing tradition of maintaining Higher Instances Cannabis Cup judges secret, supplying a exclusive viewpoint on the person solutions judges use to price cannabis flower, concentrates, and other merchandise primarily based on established criteria. Jon Cappetta, vice president of content material at Higher Instances, says the new series sheds new light on the judging behind Cannabis Cup competitions.

“We wanted to open the curtain a bit to give the public a lot more insight into who specifically these authorities judging their merchandise are, and what their approach is,” he explains. “One of the most typical queries I get about the competitors is ‘How does 1 judge 1 solution against a further?’ and as you will see in the series every single judge has their personal strategy, so we wanted to give the planet a visual into how this all goes down.”

1 of the initial episodes of Meet the Judges attributes Danny Danko, the Higher Instances senior cultivation editor and 17-year veteran of the corporation.

“After all these years I’ve observed some of the finest buds around—from Amsterdam to Barcelona to Vancouver Island and all more than the United States and all more than the planet,” Danko notes.

Higher Instances Cannabis Cups events are held about the planet, supplying neighborhood growers and companies an chance to share their passion and high quality. And as legal cannabis continues to spread across the U.S. and abroad, new markets have a possibility to show how their wares examine with the rest of the planet.

“Michigan stacks up with some of the finest on the planet,” Danko says. “No 1 seriously knows about how good the high quality is right here, but there’s some remarkable cannabis and concentrates right here in Michigan.”

Danko then shares his approach for rating entries in the flower competitors. The initial indication of high quality critical to him is look. He’ll even use a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe at occasions to get a close appear at the trichomes on the bud.

When he’s sized up how the flower appears, Danko then requires a fantastic whiff to get the aroma, checking to see if the bud is fruity, gassy, or possibly minty or spicy. When it is passed the olfactory test, he grinds the bud to be rolled into a joint. But prior to he does, he once again notes the scent of the flower soon after it is been ground.

“That offers you an thought of the scent profile and the flavor profile,” explains Danko.

He then rolls the herb into a joint, but prior to he lights it, a couple of dry tokes impart the flavor of the cannabis on his palate. Then it is time to fire up.

“The most critical point is how it tastes and the potency level and burnability,” says Danko. “So, even if it appears fantastic and smells fantastic, if it does not have these points it is not going to rise to the prime level.”

When the joint is burning, Danko requires note of the flavor and waits a handful of minutes to knowledge the nature of the higher. He’s also hunting for the joint to burn to white ash, a sign that the cultivator has correctly flushed the flower of nutrients prior to harvest. Danko is then prepared to price the entry, offering his input on who really should win the weekend’s awards.

Introducing Adam ill

One more episode of Meet the Judges attributes Adam ill, a radio and podcast character who’s been in the cannabis scene due to the fact he smoked for the initial time as a 13-year-old at his bar mitzvah.

“If you give me cannabis, I’ll inform the terpene profile, [if it’s] indica, sativa, or hybrid, let you know indoor or outside, just mainly because I’ve seasoned it and been a portion of it and it is been a portion of my life,” ill say by way of introduction. “So just getting in a position to be knowledgeable about the strains and the effects and what fantastic weed appears like is what assists me qualify to be a judge.”

ill’s approach to judge a cannabis flower, like Danko’s, starts with receiving a fantastic appear at the entry to note colour and look.

“If it does not appear like a winner, I ain’t smoking it,” he exclaims. “Because we only smoking the finest!”

Checking the aroma is subsequent on the list for ill, who will often reclose the jar the sample comes and then open it once again to give his nose a fresh whiff. Then it is time for the initial hit. But as opposed to Danko, ill prefers to judge the entries employing a bong alternatively of a joint. A couple of puffs to judge flavor on each the draw and exhale, and a moment to notice the impact, and ill is prepared to price the entry.

Competitions Highlight Industry’s Ideal

Meet the Judges also offers a sense of just what the Cannabis Cup competitions imply for the winners and the marijuana neighborhood at big.

“The beauty and the essence of the Cannabis Cup is the individuals,” says Danko. “And as you see with the individuals who are winning, in a lot of situations, it is individuals who have tiny caregiver farms and develop and they finish up winning a Cannabis Cup and it is an certainly life-altering knowledge for them. It seriously is just remarkable to see that we can have an effect on the high quality of cannabis and also on the neighborhood. The beauty of the Cannabis Cup is that it keeps that tradition alive.”

Catch Meet the Judges on HTTV starting this week. Other installments of the series function judges like Damien DiStefano of More than the Moon Clothes, former NHL player Darren McCarty of the Detroit Red Wings, and comedian Rob Cantrell.