Maybe it’s a cultural thing, but I’ve never really understood the appeal of most of the gifts in the “12 Days of Christmas” song: Why would my true love buy me a fruit tree, 23 birds and 50 people? What am I supposed to do with these gifts? I kind of gather that the partridge sits in the pear tree, but otherwise I’m at a loss.
Five golden rings, on the other hand, is quite a gift. I mean, even if we’re talking rings of less than stellar quality — some gold plating perhaps — it’s certainly quite a gesture, if a somewhat confusing one. I mean, am I supposed to wear a ring on each finger? Of which hand? Or is it two on one and three on the other? How do I decide which hand gets the extra ring? Either way it’s still less confusing than figuring out what to do with “10 lords-a-leaping.”
But there’s nothing confusing about what to do with five glorious, golden globs of BHO — particularly if your true love truly loves you and bought you a sweet rig for taking big December dabs. So with that in mind, here are five incredible extracts, in no particular order, for your enjoyment.
1) Terp Boys
At this point, you may have noticed that I’m a certified Terp Boys fanatic, and I make no apologies for it: They consistently produce some of the best looking and tasting shatters, sugars and sauces out there. Plus, their product is able to pass the most stringent residual solvent testing caps in the world (here’s looking at you, Berkeley) and they price everything like they actually want people to buy it. When I find something bad to say about Will and the Terp Boys team, I’ll let you know.
2) Oakland Extracts
Oakland Extracts is another brand that consistently exceeds my expectations. Sure, they’re best known for their distinctive signature “Cookies” of crumble, but that’s just the way the crumble cookies — they’ve also got a deep catalog of exotic terps, many of which are expressed expertly through their shatters. Terryn and the Oakland Extracts team definitely know what they’re doing, and if you want golden clarity or terpy sugars, you should definitely consider some “Terps from the Town.”
3) First Class Concentrates
I’ve been a fan of this company for a long time, and they’ve only improved their process. I was blown away when I first tried their shatter, and they’re making a big impact with their terpene-rich live resins. A single dab of their Rozé sugar definitely secured a win in my personal “best of” list for the year.
4) Guild Extracts
Few extractors have made the kind of technological advance and business moves Guild has. They went from selling their concentrates off a folding table at a sesh to running their own branded dispensary in San Jose and extracting from their own brand of premium flowers. Even if they weren’t the company that introduced the world to 99.99% crystalline THCa, they’d still be an impressive success story with some incredible products, like their top of the line CBD shatter.
As one of the first brands to not only make their testing information public but also to incorporate it into their design and branding, Xtractology is a shining example of a responsible extractor. It also helps that they produce absolute fire in a variety of styles. Whether you’re looking for a golden shatter, some flavor-rich wax or a solvent-free distillate, Xtractology will have you covered.
TELL US, what great globs did we forget to include?