Freddy’s Fuego in Washington State kills him – his the flower is packed with flavor, potency and a smooth smoking experience it can make you say, “Okay, yeah, it was worth it.”
We recently spoke with Freddy’s Fuego founders Ben Davis and Tim Haggerty about the company’s history and the strains that made them successful.
Freddy’s Fuego Origin Story
Freddy’s Fuego got an official license in 2013, but Davis has been growing weed since 2005. It all started out of medical necessity. “I had a really bad sports injury so I decided to start growing. By growing and learning about genetics, I saw there was a future for cannabis to become legal. Me and Tim we tied up at the legal border and said, ‘Let’s make this a must-have in Washington.'”
Haggerty had a culinary background. He was the general manager of a wholesale food company in 2016 and brought his business acumen to Davis’ expertise in growing cannabis. It was a match made in heaven. In 2016, the duo built a facility in Poulsbo, Washington, and got off to a flying start. The journey included a Dope Cup win and several successful phenom hunt streaks. The future is bright for Ben, Tim and Freddy’s team.
These are the varieties that made Freddy’s Fuego.
2016-2017: Purple Pie
Purple Pie was the first batter to become a staple of Freddy’s Fuego. “He’s a UW Purple and Cherry Pie cross. He had nice bag appeal and was really mauve. I would break [Purple Pie nugs] just to feel it.”
Freddy worked hard on Purple Pie for 3-4 years before retiring it.
2017-2018: LA Cookies
In 2017, Freddy’s discontinued its LA Cookies. He was an immediate champion. In 2018, LA Cookies won Freddy’s Fuego the Seattle Dope Cup for best indoor grown Indica. On how the win felt, Haggerty shared, “It’s a good validation. Obviously, you are biased towards your own business. Especially me coming from outside. I try to be like, ‘is our shit so good? Should we charge that much? “To have some validation there, that was huge.”
LA Cookies is LA OG Kush crossed with Cookies and Cream. It was one of the first varieties Freddy’s Fuego ever hunted. “It was probably the best day of my life, man. It made me spin. I didn’t think we were going to place. There were hundreds of people competing in this competition at that time. It was probably Seattle’s biggest turnout for the competition. When they called me and Tim’s name, I lost it. It’s validation of all the hard work we’ve put in,” said Davis.
2019: Larry Cake, tropical truffle
By this time, Freddy was deep into the game of pheno hunting. The company was also dropping heater after heater. In 2019, during their big pheno hunt, Davis and Haggerty found five guardian phenotypes of Ice cream cake. One of them was Larry Cake – it was a beautiful, super frosty flower, with a very dominant Gelato taste. “It still has that wedding cake power, but it has really dominating Gelato #33 terps.”
Larry Cake became Freddy’s Fuego’s best-selling variety of all time. Another pheno that was important to them at that time was Tropic Truffle. Both have become flagship strains of the brand.
2020: Sherb Crasher
Sherb Crasher is a cross between Sunset Sherbert and Wedding Crasher. About its taste, Davis said, “It has a grape-like sweetness to me. I think of a Grape Faygo mixed with grape nerds when I smoke it.”
2021: Oreo Blizzy
In 2021, Freddy’s Fuego set a whole new quality standard with its Oreo Blizzy. It’s one of the tastiest flowers I’ve ever smoked, and it completely killed the game in Seattle. “Its colors, its terps, its potency, it checks every box… The Oreo Blizzy reminds me of the second coming of Purple Pie. I love it,” Haggerty said.
Oreo Blizzy is an ice cream cake crossed with Sunset Sherbert.
2022: Specimen X
Freddy’s Fuego is currently in the midst of its fifth annual Phenomenon Hunt. The next hope is a strain called Specimen X. It’s a cross between Project 4516 and Devil Driver, bred by Clearwater Genetics and crazy tiki collaboration.
“We’ve only done one race but it looks amazing. It’s got the sack appeal, it’s got the output, it stinks of fuel and fruit, I love it. Everyone was like that, fucking crush,” Haggerty told me.
Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis cultivation, strains, products, education, and everything about this little green flower. Contact him at dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom), or dante_jordan on Instagram. His website is www.dantejordan.com.
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