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Sundae Driver #10 from Quality Choice

May 21, 2019

  Sundae Driver #10 is a suitable name for this hybrid, a double entendre that conjures both a lackadaisical traveler, and the ice-cream sundae-like creaminess of its flavor. The combination of parents Grape Pie and Fruity Pebbles OG makes for a strain you can bring to a light breakfast wake ‘n bake, or, enjoy as evening “dessert strain.” Either way, you’re not going anywhere quick.

  Quality Choice graciously supplied us with flower; the huge, spongy nuggets looked almost painted blue and gray in mysterious shades dotting a sugary landscape. They were “the kind of the  bud to impress your out-of-state friends,”…

Headstash from Epic Remedy

May 21, 2019

GSC (formerly Girl Scout Cookies) is so common in stores that it’s always refreshing to try a new take. The Colorado-inspired Headstash combines that popular strain with Cherrie Pie and KarmaRado OG--both state creations--as well as Biker Kush. An indica with crazy mental magnitude, our first crack at this super-rare specimen came just in time for 4/20, with a beautiful nugget from Epic Remedy.

The morsels were chunky and spongy, perfectly cured and neatly trimmed right down the bud. They broke apart very nicely, without crumbling to dust. Her aroma was complex and ranged from sweet lemon-pine to musky dark…

Lucinda Williams from 3 Rivers

May 21, 2019

Nowadays, Lucinda Williams may be more infamous than its parent, Willy’s Wonder (a “signature” Willy Nelson). She packs a pair of wallops, on both ends of the spectrum, with characteristics from a sativa Cinderella 99 lineage too. The result is a social, easy-going hybrid, perfect for making close connections with those around you, whilst meandering a lazy river that only slows over time.

We were jazzed to try a sample from Three Rivers. The nugs were sticky and covered in trichs, but perfectly groomed and brilliant like a “putting green.” Floral and tart, her tropical sour smell--reminiscent of sun-dried mango…

Lava Cake from Aeriz/Oasis

May 21, 2019

  You can’t truly enjoy the indica-dominant Lava Cake without dwelling on dessert. The “flavors” of parent strains Grape Pie and Thin Mint Cookies present an almost obvious question: what would those two baked goodies taste like combined? At least, in bud form, the hybrid lives up its moniker, both in palate and stunning imitations of its parents. We were thrilled to sample a version of the flower from the expert aeroponic growers of Aeriz - available now on shelves at Oasis Dispensaries.

  Curiously, the dense buds did resemble volcanic rock, with dark purple splotches contrasting otherwise brilliant green morsels. As…

Wedding Cake from Quality Choice

May 21, 2019

It’s wedding season! And by no coincidence, the popular Wedding Cake strain is everywhere. Like the real thing, it can be hard to find a memorable version; at the end of the reception, you expect to be served the same lovely-but-blaise cake as always, but what you want is a breathtaking, technicolor delicacy that forces you to hunt down an extra piece. That, friends, is the thrill of and procuring the expertly-grown, crystal-covered morsels of the strain from Quality Choice, worth returning for time and time again.

The buds were well-cured, a little fluffy, but plump and structurally perfect. The lime…

Star Dawg from Epic Remedy

May 21, 2019

Beneath a mess of Chemdog crosses, Stardawg hides a lineage from South and Southeast Asia, representing the mountain and jungle landraces from some of the planet’s most potent and resinous flowers. Our sample from Epic Remedy was musky and sweet and delivered the kind of mind-boggling, float-as-you-run hybrid that gives you mountaintop clarity and loose, nimble energy.

The buds were pleasantly beefy, dense with fluffy but well-trimmed exteriors. A super-sandy coat of trichomes covered the bright neon canvas, with a wooly, rust-colored beard of hairs bestrewn amongst the leaves. A woody spice of pine filled the room as we cracked…

Purple Punch SHO Sauce from AOM

May 21, 2019

You don’t see a lot of Grandaddy Purp these days--and man, do we miss that Bubblicious grape flavor. So we were extra-excited to try SHO Rosin Sauce from Purple Punch--a GP cross with Larry OG--by Colorado Extract Company (CEC), using Altitude Organic Medicine’s flower. Call it a double-treat: CEC’s solventless hash oil has consistently been some of the purest around town--and we love AOM’s Purple Punch because it tastes like Boo Berry cereal (no lie).

The sauce looked similar to golden-light brown sugar sitting in shallow water, but all stuck together pleasantly, not soupy at all. As she returned to…

Sour Tangie from Three Rivers

May 21, 2019

Sour Tangie is everything psychedelic you’d expect from a cross of sativas Sour Diesel and Tangie. It’s a party in a box--flying confetti, lights and balloons combined; it delivers bombastic stimulus overload for a high-octane hour, followed by a half-day of remnants and aftershocks. Some would think we’re speaking in hyperbole, but not when you’re talking about the harvest at Three Rivers Organics.

Our sample nuggets were beautiful and solid, adorned in crystal and gnarly like mutants. They wore a full spectrum of hues from dark marine to bright gold, and patches of gnarly, ginger hair. The Ruby Red aroma…

Papaya CO2 Oil from Colorado Cannabis Company

May 11, 2016

When it comes to perfecting the difficult process of CO2 extraction, there are only a few ways to do it right, and many ways to get it wrong. With their tongue-stunning Papaya CO2 extract, it's safe to say that Colorado Cannabis Company has perfected the method.

This sample came from Pure Marijuana Dispensary, and a golden oil flowed brilliantly from the syringe like dripping honeycomb in summer. The viscosity was far less than other CO2 extracts we've sampled; this is as close to pure THC oil as you can get. True to its name, Papaya’s sweet aroma of golden syrup…

Purple Lemon Skunk from La Bodega

May 11, 2016

Never have we been disappointed by La Bodega’s specialty strains or friendly service, and their Purple Lemon Skunk has raised the bar for top-shelf product. This family-owned business puts a lot of pride and care into their plants, and the attention to detail is unmistakable. Boasting gigantic sugary buds, the P.L. Skunk is one of the most superb visual examples of growing-done-right.

The nug’s brilliant dark green hues and lime undertones were almost overshadowed by  pockets of imperial violet foliage decorating the dazzling morsels. Her impressive looks were heightened by wiry orange hairs cross-weaving a thick coat of trichomes. Even…

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