TL;DR: Bali Hydro Organic Smoking Blend is packed with herbs and extracts that make this new blend a sticky and kind of harsh one, but once I gave it a chance I was able to forgive the dry throat and clingy plastic packaging because my actual enjoyment of the this organic blend made up for the first few annoyances.
Bali Hydro Organic Smoking Blend is a Club 13 product with ultra-serious packaging, if you’re going to give this product a try you’ll want to know where the scissors are hiding. This product was donated for review by Salvia Extracts where it will be available for purchase in the near future. Bali Hydro Organic is surrounded in that incredibly annoying hard plastic packaging usually reserved for high-end technology to, I can only assume, prevent thievery but instead it ends up making everyone’s life a little bit harder. Oh well, I could only hope as I used a pair of scissors to cut open the top of the package that the extensive packaging would guarantee that Bali Hydro Organic was a fresh as possible – and to my delight the herbs were definitely quite fresh, but a new problem regarding the packaging presented itself.
While I was desperately trying to pry the plastic package open, the circular disc-shaped plastic container (containing Bali Hydro Organic Smoking Blend) got stuck, and I mean stuck! It was so firmly trapped in the protective casing that I just couldn’t budge it free and the plastic outer casing became more of a tiny little grave. Luckily the bottom of the container screwed off and I was able to remove all of the herb matter. I had to come back later with scissors to cut the lid free so I could actually reseal the leftover Bali Hydro Organic herbs. This definitely wasn’t the best packaging move Club 13 could make, but hopefully it’ll all be worth it because the herb matter within looks rather intriguing.
Bali Hydro Organic Smoking Blend contains a huge list of natural herbs and a number of those are in their extracted form. There’s quite a bit of softer looking, light green herb matter in this blend and lovely red hairs are strewn throughout. Almost the entire blend is covered in a sticky dark colored extract that’s resin-like in appearance. The herbs smell somewhat sweet, but there is also a strong hint of something else, perhaps a bit fruity. The back of the package suggests that a water pipe, pipe, hookah, or vaporizer would work well with Bali Hydro Organic and I opt for the pipe.
Pinching a few fingertips worth of herb into my pipe, I lean back and light up the sticky blend. There’s not a ton of herb here, Bali Hydro Organic only comes with 1.5 grams worth, but it only takes a bit to fill my pipe and I estimated I could get half a dozen or more uses out of it. As I exhale my first puff of smoke, my tongue is left lingering with a somewhat antiseptic taste. It’s a very clean taste, and the burn isn’t too harsh at first, but subsequent relights seem to feel harsher and harsher on my throat. I don’t really relish the taste too much, but it’s not too awful either, and the post-burn scent is like that of a sweet but burnt flower.
It takes a few minutes for my mind to realize it ought to be feeling something a little extra special by now, but it isn’t. I take a few more puffs, then pinch a bit more the fresh Bali herb into the pipe and light it up once again. Ah! Now I can feel Bali Hydro Organic working its mojo, but it has a gentle touch. Distances feel disturbed and somehow off, and when I later read an e-mail I’d been writing while testing Bali Organic, I noticed a lot of typing errors I hadn’t even been aware I was making. My head grows dreamy as time continues to pass, and I also begin to feel tired as my eye lids feel heavier and heavier. Bali Hydro Organic Smoking Blend took longer than expected to begin working, but once it did the relaxing and mind bending elements became forefront and obvious and I rather enjoyed it, despite the terrible packaging.
Rather fresh herb blend
Relaxing but a bit tiring too
Distorted distance/time awareness
Hard plastic packaging is unnecessary and frustrating
Top of inner herb container stuck in packaging
Somewhat harsh and heavy smoke