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HashWriter's 2021 Rosin Badder Awards

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

I knew I was going to do myself in by presenting separate awards. Regardless, I certainly am in favor of judging fresh press rosin separately from cold-cure rosin aka rosin badder and rosin sauce, despite it requiring me to write an extra article. Small traps I like to set for myself to keep the verbiage flowing.




Cold-Cures


Oh, boy where to begin. I think anyone that has followed my IG the past year or so, knows I am not in favor of rosin sauce or cold-cure badders, but the ease of access and lengthy shelf-life made rosin badders popular before anyone had rosin to compare it to. With only a few companies offering solventless hash on California's retail shelves, only a fraction of those companies offer a fresh press rosin. There is no way everyone experienced enough fresh press to say, "oh, I think the badder is better." In fact, I still cannot say for certain which is better, but I lean toward fresh press as a more enjoyable product to consume. Isn't it funny how things work like that? It's happened repeatedly over the last few years pertaining to cannabis. Just when I think things are either relatively straight forward or awfully opaque, I'm thrown another curve-ball by headstrong consumers.


The characteristic I've quickly come to respect the most, especially in cannabis, is the ability to admit when you are wrong or unsure. Honesty is one thing, humility is another subject all together. Humility is what we lack, forget honesty.


Indoor and Outdoor


For close to thirty years there's nothing you could have told me to make me think outdoor cannabis is better than indoor cannabis. I was wrong. At least pertaining to hash and rosin, I was dead wrong. It wasn't until solventless refinement caught on the last year or two that anyone could adequately compare indoor versus sun-grown hashish, and the results are indisputable.


While my awards aren't necessarily for outdoor, sun-grown cannabis only, all of the top results, sure enough, come from sun-grown cannabis from the Emerald Triangle. Lets all practice some humility going forward and measure our comments aptly.


Now without further ado, I present to you the 2021 Hashwriter awards for favorite cold-cure/rosin badders/rosin sauce.


 


5th Place Rosin Badder

@HumboldtTerpCouncil

Strawnanna by DNA Genetics



Just look at that thing. I literally thought we swapped jars and I may have brought home their BHO live resin badder accidentally. Nope, it's rosin badder and tasted more like pink bubblegum than anything I've tasted before. This was really a special gram looking quite different than many others and just reeking the room up with pink Double-Bubble terps. Good to see the old BHO legends, scoring high on the solventless side of life. And let this be a tip to watch out for these guys soon.




4th place

@punch_extracts

Wedding Crasher Cold Cure

Bred by Symbiotic Genetics



Straight up, @Punch_Extracts is killing the game and I was lucky enough to receive a few grams of their hash, despite living too far North to regularly see it on shelves. They certainly struck a perfect balance for these cold cures that sell for less than any other solventless brand on the market, or so I'm told.


Machine washing is allowing Punch to put out more hash and rosin, while allowing them to offer prices that rival BHO! That is incredible considering the yields of BHO are massive in comparison to solventless refinement, and really shows how overpriced and overvalued BHO extracts remain to be.



Punch has some fire fresh-press rosin as well, letting me know they are about it. Whenever I see a company doing cold-cures only, I'm skeptical of their ability to produce a clean fresh press rosin, which is the necessary step before the cold-cure. Normally but not always, rosin remains a fresh-press product unless there's a reason for further processing, usually determined by the color and appearance of the fresh press rosin. I look forward to many more from Punch as their stock in the solventless world continues to climb.


3rd Place

@HaveHash

zkittlez


The local Humboldt boys come in strong with an array of different cold-cure flavors. These guys have the cold-cure tech dialed in and early on, while others struggled with dry rosin badders. They also will save you a few bucks, retailing for a good ten or fifteen dollars less than most competitors. I'm becoming increasingly fond of @havehash for the convenient and relatively affordable, and consistently terpy cold cures. Between their Sticky Papaya and Key Lime Pie, among many others, they have quickly become the go to recommendation for most bud-tenders in and around Humboldt County.