The life of a freelance writer is wracked with uncertainty. Perhaps that’s why I crave the stability absent from my career when it comes to my concentrates. I always prefer a brittle “true” shatter – one that actually shatters if struck or snapped – yet allows for stretching and molding if handled more gently. But, when I unfolded the parchment paper on the Sour Diesel shatter by First Class Concentrates, a citrusy fist of Sour D terpenes socked me squarely in the nose and informed me that I was going to make an exception.
The tacky, near-sap consistency was not quite to my liking, but I was able to peel away the entire half-gram with relative ease, leaving no residue on the parchment paper. So, we aren’t talking about some “put it in the freezer” stuff. I grade shatters the way English professors grade term papers, so clarity counts and this sample gets high marks.
A modest dab hit reveals an assertive flavor profile nearly identical to the smell from the paper – mouthwatering citrus with whispers of menthol and fir needles. A more adventurous glob on the nail unleashes an aggressive onslaught of all the flavor notes from the “toe dip” dab, along with a potent dose of cannabinoids.
My tolerance is out of control – call it an occupational hazard. I try to keep that in mind when rating the potency of concentrates, so I think it’s fair to say this is some powerful medicine for patients who benefit from sativas. It provided a deep, energetic buzz without making me anxious or paranoid. I tend to enjoy some of the “speedier” sativas, because I have a marked preference for writing at ungodly hours when I crave something that will encourage productivity rather than sleep. But, for the non-night owl, the Sour D provides a productive high that simultaneously sets your mind at ease and on fire.
Bottom Line: Using a basic zero to five-star rating system, I’d give this offering from First Class a 3.75, call it a C+ is you feel so inclined, but I think of it more like a B-, really.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this batch – its tasty terps and golden color are actually quite pronounced. But, next to some of the other similar products at a similar price point, from First Class and other extractors, it just doesn’t bring the “wow” factor.
This shatter was the sum of its impressive parts, but nothing more. Still, at $20 per half-gram at Phytologie Oakland, I think it’s worth a purchase. Just make sure you also check out some of the other phenomenal concentrates from First Class.
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